Mother’s Day is very special for me. I love getting cards from my four year old. I enjoy going to the annual Mother’s Day tea party held at his daycare because I get to see him interact with other kids and I get to chat with his teachers but most of all, I get to spend time with him in his environment.
For me the best gift was the miracle I was given from God four years ago. I will never forget the day my son looked up at me with his big beautiful eyes as he lay on the hospital bed. His face was the only visible thing because he was wrapped in the blanket.
I became a mother late in life but for me it was the right time. I had met the man of my dreams and I was ready to have a family. Unfortunately, in some parts of the world, girls and women are forced to become mothers before they are ready. In the Cameroon, early and forced marriage is a practice that is harmful to a girl’s health and well-being.
Association for the Promotion of Girls’ and Women’s Rights (APAD) empowers survivors of early and forced marriage in the Extreme North region of Cameroon, Africa, and educates communities about the intrinsic human rights of girls, including the right to choose when and whom to marry. Led by young women who escaped or avoided forced marriage, APAD is the only organization of its kind in the region (source: globalgiving).
This year help to support the global movement to ensure every girl’s and woman’s right to a just and healthy life and the fundamental right to choose when to marry and have children. Give the gift of hope today by sending a card to a loved one. Not only will you brighten their day but you will be making a difference in someone else’s life.
| Give a gift this Mother’s Day that will last much longer than flowers.
Honor a special woman in your life by supporting IWHC’s partner APAD, a local organization that empowers survivors of early and forced marriage in the Extreme North region of Cameroon. Your loved one will receive a personalized card electronically or through the mail.APAD educates communities about the intrinsic human rights of girls, including the right to choose when to marry and when to become mothers.With each card you send, you support a global movement of women who are working to ensure the right of every girl and woman to a just and healthy life.