Paul Biya's Presidential Win in Cameroon Heightens the Ambazonia Crisis
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THE HUB is an online magazine and blog that features feminist articles and films by citizen journalists. The publication is a longterm project conceived by Advice Project Media, and its mission is to help lift the voices of youth, women, and indigenous peoples from around the world by sharing their articles and films about gender, the environment, intersectionality, and climate change.
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Paul Biya isn’t a monarch, but he sure acts like one. The second-longest-ruling head of state in the world, 85-year-old Biya just won a seventh term as President of Cameroon after a campaign rife with controversy. The election results didn’t come as a surprise to the people of Cameroon, although for many citizens, the president’s win destroyed the last vestiges of a silver lining of hope. My country stands on the brink of civil war. Still reeling from its colonial past involv
Special Report from Cameroon: Why have schools been closed for a year in Anglophone-minority regions
Photo: Alberto Vaccaro I remember Friday 18th November 2016 very clearly. The principal of my school gave his daily morning announcements as usual, but he told us that we shouldn’t return to school on Monday, as the teachers would start a ‘’stay at home strike’’ to protest the “francophonization” of the English system of education in Cameroon (more on this later). At first, my fellow students and I thought, “Wow, this is amazing, we’ll have a free day or even a week!” This wa
Half white, half Puerto Rican: Learning how to choose your own identity as a bi-racial teen.
Photo: Salsa, by Václav Synáček Dear Alameda, You aren’t that old, but you aren’t that young either. At sixteen years old, you kind of know who you are and the future isn’t as ominous as it once was. Growing up with a white father and Puerto Rican American mother was different to say the least. You weren’t raised speaking Spanish at home, and the words won’t roll off your tongue like your mother’s. Instead they are as choppy and mechanic as your dancing. You could never dance
A Story About the Importance of Educating Girls: Naheed Bahram, Program Director for Women for Afgha
It was a great privilege last week to meet with Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Self contributor and New York Program Director for Women for Afghan Women, Naheed Bahram, at her office in Queens, New York. Speaking with Naheed about her life and learning more about her organization inspired me, and I think you, too, will be moved by her story. Although Naheed’s working-class, conservative parents weren’t formally educated, they believed in educating their children. Naheed remem
Education will provide you with a strong sense of purpose.
Dearest Thirteen-Year-Old Aelya, I almost didn’t write to you. Not because I didn’t think you’d benefit from a letter like this, but because nothing I had to say as an adult felt good enough. In all honesty, this is the fourth letter I’ve composed and the only letter I’ve had the strength to complete. Here goes… I want you to imagine me as your fairy god-sister who looks like a mix of Fiona Apple and Madhubala wearing black silk trousers and fitted blazer. I am only going to
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