Ebenye (Veronica) Njie – Women Deliver
2020

Ebenye (Veronica) Njie

  • Age: 29
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Gender equality is a precious asset to humanity. It may seem hard to attain, but when we succeed, gender equality will be among the jewels the world will cherish. Work for gender equality everywhere you find yourself — in your home, office, farm, neighborhood, and beyond.

- Ebenye (Veronica) Njie

Bio

Ebenye (Veronica) Njie was born and raised in Cameroon. She received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Buea in 2018. As a Consultant Physician at Muea Sub-Divisional Health Center, Veronica is the head of the HIV/AIDS unit, and is responsible for outpatient and inpatient consultations, supervising and performing minor surgeries, performing and assisting major surgeries, and carrying out outreach consultation in interior villages under the Lysoka village health area. Additionally, she is a Sexual and Reproductive Health Facilitator at Health Education and Research Organization (HERO) Cameroon, a member of Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network, National Coordinator at National Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Menstrual Hygiene Management, Cameroon, and volunteer at Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation.

What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?

My best friend and I wished to become medical doctors in the future, but unfortunately, she could not realize her dream because her family forced her out of school due to pregnancy. Meanwhile, the male counterpart suffered no loss and pursued his studies. Inspired by the misfortune of my best friend and its persistent discrimination on girls within my community, I desire to empower young girls with adequate knowledge to prevent unplanned teenage pregnancies that may disrupt their future and advocate for the rights of those already suffering from its consequences.

Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.

In 2018, I led a team into a small community called Dockyard in the Southwest Region of Cameroon to teach about contraception and regulation of family sizes. Our mission was disregarded and seen as an attempt of population reduction. I proposed a camouflage ideology, which required us to fit into the community by attending church services, visiting their markets, and teaching children. Many more women now visit family planning clinics at nearby government health centers thanks to my ability to resist rejection and promote cultural dialogue. I emphasized the necessity to integrate different cultural perspectives and adapt to indigenous ways of life as a tool to penetrate societal limitations and promote gender equality.

Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?

Choral and acapella music, swimming, reading inspirational life stories, watching movies, team and capacity building sessions, and peer education and motivation.

Languages Spoken:

  • English (Advanced/Native)
  • French (Elementary)

Speaks On:

  • educating women on contraceptive use
  • menstrual hygiene management in grassroots populations
  • role of women in preventing adolescent pregnancies

Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:

  • Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics by American Association of Family Physicians
  • Course on Epidemiology by European Renal Association
  • Peer Educator on Menstrual Hygiene Management and Menstrual Cycle Bead Making
  • HIV Community Trainer on U equals U
  • Presidential Award of Excellence

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