Konda Delphine is a Women’s Right Advocate and Social Entrepreneur from
Cameroon. I was born and raised in Limbe, Cameroon. I graduated with a Masters
in Governance and Development Policy from CERIS, Brussels and a Bachelors
degree in Women Studies with Law from the University of Buea, Cameroon. Come
September 2016, I will be undertaking a second master’s degree in Media,
Communications and Development from the London School of Economics and
Political Science thanks to the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. I have been
involved in development work since I was 16 years old and over the years, I
have worked with different national, regional and international organizations
and co-founded the Voice of Women Initiative (VOW), a organization profiling
the successes and challenges of women around the world.  I currently serve as the Managing Director of
Girls Excel, a social impact organization providing reproductive health
education solutions for girls in Cameroon.

WHAT FUELS ME?
Assertiveness, Determination and Faith
best describes me. I cannot tell if it is just natural but I am outspoken and
assertive. I say things like I see them and I am not afraid to share my opinion
about issues. Maybe that is why I am an activist. I am determined about my
goals and objectives in life. Raised by a single mother, my mother and I went
through many challenges just so that I can complete my education. Despite the
difficulties encountered, I had faith in God and I was determined to work hard
with the hope that someday, my mother and I will escape the chains of poverty.
MY GREATEST INFLUENCE:
My mother has had the most profound
influence on me and the choices that I have made in life. I admire her
commitment towards her responsibilities as a mother. I think that being raised
by a single mother who had to sell fish under the rain and sun just to ensure
that I get quality education influenced the way that I perceive life. Looking
at my background, I knew that I have to work hard to make a better life for her
and myself. Being a woman has also been a great source of inspiration. From an
early age, I realized that women and girls are treated differently from boys
and men. I knew from a really young age that as a woman, I would have to work
twice as hard as a man just because patriarchy is structured that way.
MY TOP THREE ROLE
MODELS:
Women like Rose Wachuka (Kenya), Dr Justine
Ayuk (Cameroon), Tamsin Pearce (UK) amongst many others have been wonderful
role models to me over the years. They are super smart women who continue to
break gender barriers in different spheres. They are women with strong values
for an equal and just world for all.  
IN THE NEXT FIVE
YEARS…..
In the next 5 years, I working towards putting up a sustainable
financial and business strategy for Girls Excel, a social impact organization
that I founded to support girls and women with education and menstrual hygiene
solutions in Cameroon. I look forward by God’s grace to continue making greater
impact for girls and women in Cameroon because it is thanks to support from my
community that I have become the woman that I am today. I am also very
determined to complete my PhD program. I will also like to travel to every
African country in the next 5 years, interact with other Africans, share ideas
to build the Africa that we want to live in.
THE AFRICAN WOMAN’S CHALLENGE:
In my opinion, there are many challenges us as African women
such as discrimination in terms of access to education, poverty, GBV, Low
representation in political and leadership positions etc. There is also the
tendency of mainstream media to try and control the image of the African woman
with so much focus on the challenges while failing to highlight on our
strength. From the rural villages in Cameroon to the Cosmopolitan city of
Nairobi, from North, South, East, West and Centre, Women across the continent
are changing breaking the glass ceiling and we should talk about that. Through
Girls Excel, I work in rural communities to ensure that girls have access to
sanitary pads and sex education so that they can stay and excel in school as 1
in 10 African girls skip school during menstruation (UNESCO). We believe in
training rural women in making these reusable pads, thereby creating jobs and
increasing income for small households. More information about our work can be
found on www.girlsexcel.org
WHAT
I DO TO RELAX:
To relax, I watch lots of movies; sing as a means to take off
any form of pressure.
MY   –  
I.C.E. [INSPIRE|CELEBRATE|EMPOWER] VISION
African women should be inspired,
celebrated and empowered because they are the bravest and most resilient group
of women on the surface of the earth in my opinion. We are women who continue
to stand tall despite the fact that life has thrown us so many challenges to
keep us on our knees. We need to empower African women so that their
contribution to the development on the continent but this cannot be achieved
without equal access to education, payment for equal work done, women’s
participation in politics and decision making.
MY
AFRICAN UNION PLANS:
I will like to train women on economic
leadership skills. Economic empowerment is an important factor in ensuring the
emancipation of the African women.
FINAL WORDS OF ADVICE:
As African women mothers or daughters,
I applaud our strength and the great contribution that we bring to the
development of our continent whether appreciated or not. However, in our desire
to protect the younger women, we should not clip their wings. We should allow
them to dream, grow, spread and accomplish their vision for their lives.