Maximilienne Chantal Ngo Mbe

2022 IVLP Impact Award Project: Protecting Woman Human Rights Defenders and PeacemakersCameroon

Headshot_Maximilienne_Chantal_Ngo_MbeIn 2007, Maximilienne Chantal Ngo Mbe became the advocacy officer for the Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa, also known as REDHAC. In 2010, she became the executive director following the four pillars of REDHAC's work: promotion, protection, advocacy and prevention, conflict resolution, peace and human security. Today, Ms. Ngo Mbe leads REDHAC as it advocates for and defends human rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Chad, Central African Republic and Sao Tome and Principe.

In 2021, Ms. Ngo Mbe was recognized as an International Women of Courage by the U.S. Department of State. U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, congratulated Ms. Ngo Mbe for her, “courageous leadership promoting human rights in Central Africa, and her advocacy for a peaceful solution to the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon, despite great personal risk and sacrifice."

IVLP Impact Award Project: Protecting Woman Human Rights Defenders and Peacemakers

Ms. Ngo Mbe's project trained 20 human rights defenders and peace ambassadors from the Southwest and Northwest regions of Cameroon and provided them with security tools to protect themselves and their digital information as they work in complex environments.  

Through this training, participants recorded and analyzed security incidents and wrote a security plan to serve as a guideline for their individual and organizational security when working in the field. The women were able to organize peacebuilding activities in their inner communities and exchange reflections on challenges that undermine the context of the sociopolitical crisis.  

By the end of the training, participants reduced the vulnerabilities that exposed them to the various risks of malware, hacking, online intrusion, phishing, arbitrary arrest, detention, kidnapping and all the uncontrollable inhumane treatments inflicted on them during humanitarian crises.  

"After the training we are now able to gain engagement of local religious, traditional, and administrative authorities." - Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Maximilienne was a recipient of the International Woman of Courage Award in 2021, organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Her exchange experience led to the development of her IVLP Impact Award Project: "[The] IVLP gave recognition to my daily fight and henceforth, I am more engaged to protect human rights defenders regardless of the reprisals."

U.S. Communities Visited Virtually

Little Rock, AK; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA; Washington, DC; Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Kansas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Jackson, MS; New York City, NY; Salt Lake City, UT

Country: Cameroon

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