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Cameroonians Now Discussing Sexuality Freely 

By LeocadiaBongben

Christine Legrand, a representative of the Movement Francais pour le Planning Familial (French Family Planning Movement), MFPF, has said Cameroonians now discuss their sexuality freely.
She said this was an evolution from the period when sexuality was considered a taboo and not to be discussed. 
Legrand made the remark as she evaluated male and female trainers of the MFPF programme on health, sexuality, gender and rights in Yaounde recently. 
On the occasion, the trainers simulated a situation whereby a woman seeks advice from a trainer on how to carry out an abortion. 
For a woman who has made up her mind to undergo an abortion, the trainers have to listen to them, the reason for the decision and orient them to a centre where they can be better advised. 
Legrand stated that there is improvement compared to when she first came to Cameroon.  
“People can now talk freely, unlike before. We were able to debate and simulate a situation of abortion because, in the field, people now talk for the trainers to gather more information,” the expert said. 
The programme started with women and was extended to include men for the first time. 
To Legrand, it was important to evaluate and stress some important points to help them in the field. 
From the evaluation, she said, there are trainers who are discovering gender, gaining awareness on gender issues and are now able to say things they never did before. 
However, she said it would take a long time to achieve gender balance. 
Yannick Kengmonye, one of the trainers, underscored the importance of the capacity-building programme in providing them new ideas on how to animate group discussions on sexuality and contraception in 2014. 
He said the recurrent issues most girls bring to trainers are how to calculate their menstrual cycle and how to deal with abortions.
The programme on sexuality, gender and rights is implemented in three African countries; Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Cameroon, with the Cameroon Association of Family Welfare, CAMNAFAW, as implementing partner.
While consolidating the achievements of having a network of civil society organisations providing the population information on health and sexuality, dealing with violence against women, the programme has identified new avenues of ameliorating the quality of interventions to the local population. 
 

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