Brenda Fuen Formin, 21

Cameroon
Dedicated to render selfless service to helping humanity, I am a 21-year-old leadership award winner, youth mentor and advocate, and girl child activist from Cameroon. Impacting the lives of over 40,000 youths across 4 African countries, I won over two international awards as a Future Africa Leader’s Ambassador, to MILEAD Award as Africa’s top twenty-six young most promising female leaders, to being a YALI Network member, and a trainee with two well-known organizations in Kenya.

Dedicated to render selfless service to helping humanity, I am a 21-year-old leadership award winner, youth mentor and advocate, and girl child activist from Cameroon. Impacting the lives of over 40,000 youths across 4 African countries, I won over two international awards as a Future Africa Leader’s Ambassador, to MILEAD Award as Africa’s top twenty-six young most promising female leaders, to being a YALI Network member, and a trainee with two well-known organizations in Kenya.

I worked in collaboration with government officials, as well as administrative authorities where I ran leadership and skill acquisition workshops with youths. Running a series of health education talks in schools, I was able to adopt a sanitary pad drive that ran through successfully for a whole academic year whereby 180 girls were beneficiaries of sanitary pads on a monthly basis. I had the opportunity to meet with the Prime Minister of my country in 2017 as well as some top dignitaries in Ghana and also attended a parliamentary session in the nation of Ghana.

I have been able to set up sustainable libraries in 4 public schools and took education to a central prison whereby 35 prisoners are enrolled in school.  For the year 2018, as a girl child activist, I am working in collaboration with the Trauma Care International Foundation, as I address issues of violence against girls in over 8 African countries, where a lot of sensitization campaigns, focused group discussions and medical outreaches are ongoing. Addressing issues of forced marriages, female genital mutilation, forced labour and sexual assault and intimidation, I have reached 9 rural communities in Cameroon under the auspices of Legal and Traditional authorities, penetrating even Islamic dominated terrains, where gender based violence is a norm for them. I reached over 600 kids in 200 rural huts with vaccination against poliomyelitis. Together with my team, we have a track record of over 6000 girls reached and 631 children reached, including street kids. I am the founder of the Violence Against Girls Initiative, a Girl Child Activist Movement and an Ambassador to the Stacey Fru Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa and West African Manager for the Teen General Assembly in Lagos Nigeria.