Executive Director, Forum Des Femmes Autochtones du Cameroun (FFAC)
Mrs Bouba Aeisatu is a Mbororo pastoralist indigenous women’s rights activist, born in Santa (Cameroon), a predominantly nomadic pastoralist community. A survivor of child marriage at the age of 13 who became a women rights activist, Mrs Aeisatu is a Senior Social Welfare officer from the National Institute of Social Welfare-Yaoundé, and one of the first few educated Mbororo women in leadership. She is currently the Executive Director of the Cameroon Indigenous Women Forum (Forum des Femmes Autochthones du Cameroun – FFAC), a community-based organisation that fights against the marginalisation and discrimination of indigenous women who suffer from harmful traditional and cultural practices, such as early and forced marriages as well as the unwritten rules of the general policy to address specific needs to protect women. She was an Indigenous fellow at the United Nation High Commissioner for Human Right (OHCHR) in Geneva in 2011 and at the United Nations Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Central Africa 2012. Mrs Aeisatu has an extensive background in indigenous peoples' rights and environmental protection, and experience in strategies and advocacy for the empowerment of adolescent girls so they can stand up for themselves and become champions of their future. She is also an expert in psycho-social care of indigenous women and girls and dedicates herself to promoting the identity of indigenous women, and the preservation of their culture and positive traditions.