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Cameroon Activists Call for End to Traditions Harmful to Women

Activists are working to end gender-based violence as part of the global campaign 16 Days of Activism that ends December 10. In Cameroon, rights groups are using the time to advocate against traditional practices they say are harmful to women. In Ngomedzap village just south of Yaounde, village notable Essomba Eloundo said that as part of a cleansing ritual for a woman who has lost her husband, he feeds her millipedes and asks her to walk on her knees. He beats her with banana leaves and...

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