GENDER DANGER

Towards  the Eradication of  all Harmful Traditions against Women and Girls in Africa

In the News

November 29, 2012
Day 5: Spotlighting Chi Yvonne Leina, Cameroon

“I came to realize it’s important for women to talk, it’s important for women to voice their concerns and fears. It is important for women to alert everyone when they sense violence. And so for that reason, I became interested in talking with women who can’t talk for themselves.”


Leina is a Cameroonian journalist, women’s rights advocate and the World Pulse correspondent for Cameroon. Leina has worked as a news presenter and reporter for Equinoxe Television, a private TV channel in Cameroon.  She is also one of her country’s most compelling advocates for women’s rights.  Read full article here.

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February 20, 2013

An activist fights breast ironing, a ritual mutilation practice of girls in Cameroon

In Cameroon, the breast, one of the most conspicuous signs of a woman’s femininity, is a target for ritual mutilation. Breast ironing, a practice that involves flattening a young girl’s breasts with highly-heated stones, pestles, spatulas or coconut shells among other objects, is often carried out by an older female relative on a victim.

It is considered a human rights violation by the Friends of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA).

According to UNPFA, one out of every four girls in Cameroon has been affected by breast ironing, equating to nearly 4 million young women.  Read full article here.


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February 21, 2013

Fighting Against Breast Ironing in Cameroon

Chi Yvonne Leina is leading the fight against this brutal practice
Read full article here.

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February 27, 2013

In the words of Chi Yvonne Leina: How I stopped grandma from ironing my budding breasts


Cameroonian journalist and women’s rights advocate Chi Yvonne Leina is the founder and coordinator of Gender Danger, a grassroots women`s organization that is fighting to end the practice of breast ironing in Cameroon. She attended the Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March as a World Pulse correspondent, to raise awareness and create partnerships to help her NGO expand its work to prevent breast ironing in Cameroon.  Read full article here. 

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Cameroon: 'Ironing' Breasts - The Hidden Torture of Young Girls' Womanhood

Behind Closed Doors

In the privacy of homes, behind closed kitchen and bedroom doors, pubescent girls in Cameroon are being tortured by their own mothers!


Using objects like grinding stones, mortar pestles, coconut shells or hammers heated over hot coal, mothers press and iron their daughters' developing breasts to destroy any indication of emerging womanhood.  Read full article here.

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September 26, 2013

'Breast ironing': Girls ‘have chests flattened out’ to disguise the onset of puberty

A hidden form of abuse known as “breast ironing”, in which girls as young as 10 have their chests pounded with hot objects to disguise the onset of puberty, could be taking place in Britain.

The mutilation is a traditional practice from Cameroon designed to deter unwanted male attention, pregnancy and rape by delaying the signs that a girl is becoming a woman.

Read full article here.

VIDEO LINKS

Meet Chi Yvonne Leina
by Nobel Women's Initiative

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Breast Ironing in Cameroon
A short documentary 
by Chi Yvonne Leina

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Breast Ironing in Cameroon
produced by Chi Yvonne Leina
in collaboration with the Media Center for Women in Cameroon
Special thanks to The Media Project

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"Ironed Maidens" - examining breast ironing in Cameroon
A film by George Parisos

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Chi Yvonne Leina: "Stop Breast Ironing in Cameroon" 
presented by: Voices of Women Worldwide and VOWW-TV