Paul Biya's Presidential Win in Cameroon Heightens the Ambazonia Crisis
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Changing the World: One Story at a Time
Youth Citizen Journalists Tell Their Stories
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
Interview Series With Syrian Teen Girls (Part 1)
Photo: Preston Rolls The United Nations has identified 13.5 million Syrians requiring humanitarian assistance since 2011. Over half are displaced within Syria, while 4.8 million are refugees outside of Syria. Of all countries offering assistance, Turkey is offering the most by hosting over 2.7 million refugees. Countries throughout Europe and the Middle East are overwhelmed by applications from people seeking asylum. Although it's easy to get wrapped up in numbers, there have
Gender and Conservation Issues in Cameroon
While in Cameroon to lead an Advice Project workshop and to be a speaker at the annual MEC conference, I spoke with hundreds of people to get their ideas about how gender-based violence and conservation issues are most impacting their communities. Along with two teen students, I took over twenty hours of video interviews, visited rural villages and markets, spent time speaking with journalists and leaders of NGOs, universities, and local businesses, and simply acted as a witn
Victim-Blaming of Teen Rape Survivors in Cameroon
In 1993, the United Nations general assembly defined violence against women as any act of gender-based violence that causes physical or psychological harm to women. Rape, for example, which is by definition the attempted or completed vaginal, oral, or anal penetration of someone against his or her will, is one example of gender-based violence that overwhelmingly affects women. According to a United Nations’ survey of crime trends in 2008, the rape rate in my country, Camer
Growing Mango Trees to Educate Girls
A woman is gang raped and flung from a bus in India, Nigerian terrorists are stealing girls and honor killings are common. In the most recent atrocity to make the papers, two innocent girls from a rural village in India’s Uttar Pradesh state went to the fields to relieve themselves when a group of men surrounded, raped and strangled them to death before hanging their bodies from a mango tree. Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan dubbed rape a “‘trivial incident” and
It's not your fault... You didn't deserve it.
I really, really, really like Dale. He’s cute, and adorable and sweet and his pimples only sometimes gross me out. The only problem is that he’s my brother’s best friend. So what? Chris is always going after my friends. Just because Dale is almost 16 doesn’t mean he’s too old for me. I’m almost 14 for God’s sake. I know he likes me too. I can tell. My parents adore him. “Why can’t you be more like Dale?” they ask my brother all the time. “Dale gets good grades, always says ‘m
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