Mrs Cécile Ndjebet is an Agronomist and Social Forester by profession. Gender specialist and Women Leadership trainer and adviser; she holds a M.Sc. degree in Social forestry from Wageningen Agricultural University in The Netherlands. She is a PhD Doctorate at the Central Africa Catholic University working on “Gender relations, access to land and socio-economic situation of women in the Cameroon rural coast”. With 34 year of field experience, Cécile started her professional career as a Cameroonian Civil servant. In 1997, she joined the civil society Organizations. Cécile founded a national NGO Cameroon Ecology in 2000 and has been advocating for community rights – including rural and Indigenous women – to forests, land and natural resources. In 2009, Cécile, together with a group of African Women Rights advocates, founded the African Women’s Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF). The mission of REFACOF is to promote women’s rights in Africa and advocate to shape policies and practices for gender equity in relation to land and forest tenure.