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South West Region: 46 Youths equipped with knowledge on how to counter Hate Speech, Misinformation



Some youths in the South West Region of Cameroon have been equipped with knowledge and skills on how to counter hate speech and misinformation.

Organized by a non-profit organization known as Sisterspeak237 and sponsored by the US Embassy Yaounde, the campaign which was launched on Saturday, December 11, 2021, in Buea brought together 46 youth leaders and social media influencers in the region.

Speaking during the training, the coordinator of Sisterspeak237 Comfort Mussa said, the project is aimed at promoting media literacy and countering disinformation in the South West region of Cameroon.

In the context of the conflict in the Southwest Region, we are living the realities of an armed conflict, We also have other challenges like Covid. Amid all these challenges, the lack of correct information is in itself a crisis and we are working with youths to understand how they can access correct information, how they can consume and also share with others, because this information only leads to further risk for the youths in our region”, Comfort Mussa explained.

Madam Eileen Tabuwe, one of the facilitators at the workshop, walked participants through the various stages of identifying and countering misinformation and hate speech in the online space. According to her, some people use social media to misinform with the main aim of controlling a narrative about that particular topic, and hence action needs to be taken.

"As content consumers and creators, what we can do is not complain but learn passing on only verified factual information".

Mme. Eileen Tabuwe


U.S. Embassy Yaounde IVLP alumni & Tech guru Churchill Mambe, a facilitator, held an informative session with the participants where he equipped them with tools and knowledge expected to be used to promote peace as responsible digital natives.

Mayou Churchill Mambe

Mayoma Blandine, student journalist at the University of Buea and also a beneficiary of the workshop, elucidates that the seminar was impactful and timely.

I have come to realize that as journalists we have power when it comes to information and it is very important that we manage that information well and not mislead our audience. we must do a thorough research and also if possible we could search on other media outlets to be certain before publicizing or posting any information on either our social media platforms or personal dMayoday interactions,” Mayoma explained.

While appreciating the organization for such an initiative, Dorine Esele, a participant, is grateful for the knowledge acquired especially on fact-checking.

"I have learned a lot on fact-checking information. I Want to thank the founder, Madam Comfort Mussa. I am blessed and want to say a big thank you to the founders and organizers. I must attend the next session because there’s a lot to learn”.

The six months project titled Media Literacy and Countering Misinformation and Hate Speech in the South West Region of Cameroon is being implemented by Sisterspeak237 with funds from the US Embassy.

The one-day capacity building workshop is expected to usher these trainees into a five-month period where they will engage their friends actively online and offline sharing the lessons they have learned, challenging other youths to seek and share correct information, and also go through different social media contexts that will be launch from January till April 2022 by SistersSpeak237.


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