|Association de Lutte contre les Violences faites aux Femmes (ALVF)|
(Association for the Struggle Against Violence Against Women)
Created in response to the violent deaths of three women in the capital city of Yaoundé, ALVF's programs, action-research and advocacy address pervasive-but largely undocumented-violence against women in Cameroun. In just over a decade, ALVF has grown from a single office that provided a safe space for women survivors of violence to a national group that manages outreach centers for women in three different regions of the country. Beyond providing individual women with the refuge, support, and information they need to confront violence in their own lives, ALVF also fights for the eradication of violence from the lives of all Camerounian women by increasing awareness of the dangers of unsafe abortion; providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health programs to youth; and fighting harmful practices such as early and forced marriage and widowhood rites. IWHC has supported ALVF since 1993.