This spring, Melissa Banigan (Advice Project Founder/Managing Editor) Anevay Darlington (Online Teen Content Manager) were invited by a budding teen adventure organization to spend three weeks exploring Guadeloupe. During our stay we also spent a week teaching a group of teens and also did a lot of research about some of the conservation and gender issues affecting the people and coastal regions of this small French territory (located in the Lower Antilles). Most importantly, we started to put the wheels in motion for a future Advice Project trip… We want you to join us!
Check out the brief video about our recent trip to Guadeloupe. We’ll be ready to share information with you soon about our next trip to this beautiful territory as well as news about our newest partner-organization. Make sure to drop us a line and we’ll make sure to add you to our mailing list so that you can be the first one to hear details about future trips.
From top left: Ponheary Ly, Dese’Rae L. Stage, Felicity Aston, Noura Al Noman, Chi Yvonne Leina, and Pamela Angwech.
Advice to My Thirteen-Year-Old Selfis an anthology containing letters of advice written by women from around the world to their thirteen-year-old selves. We are excited to share the first six letters from the book with you, and we invite you to share them with the young people in your lives!
The letters were written by powerful women from Cambodia, the United States of America, England, Uganda, Cameroon, and the United Arab Emirates. The experiences the authors write about is varied – difficult topics include war and genocide, suicide, fear of the unknown, insecurities, and gender violence – but every problem is balanced with a set of solutions and the positive advice each letter contains is invaluable.
We think you’ll be inspired, and look forward to sharing more letters with you! Read the letters, here.
The Advice Project is pleased to announce that filmmaker Courtney Webster will be joining us this summer at our Global Leadership and Empowerment Summit for teen girls and women in Peru. Courtney is dedicated to making filmmaking more accessible to women, young people, and people of color, and she is concerned with the intersections between these identities. This summer, she’ll assist some of our teen fellows in scripting, directing, and making short films, and after the summit, she will remain in South America to work with Advice Project founder, Melissa Banigan, on video projects involving gender equality, conservation, and the rainforest. Continue reading →
As we prepare for our first Global Leadership and Empowerment Summit this summer in the Peruvian rainforest, we’ve been moving ahead with our spring session of classes. Below is information about our brand new Uppity Witches class in New York City and our continuing Media, Writing, and Empowerment class in Bamenda, 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, Cameroon, was 2.4 women per 100,000 citizens. Sadly, these numbers don’t reflect the reality of how many women and girls actually get raped in Cameroon. There’s a stigma against talking about this issue, and according to Beatrice Ndoping, a researcher at the Bamenda Women’s Empowerment Center, underreporting is an enormous problem. Continue reading →
Listen to an interview about the upcoming 2015 Advice Project Global Leadership and Empowerment Summit with our Cameroon Program Director, Fomuso Blessing Nabila, on Radio France Internationale with Laura Angela Bagnetto.
We’re already midway through the winter session of The Advice Project classes – Time flies when you’re changing the world! Below is an update about each of our current classes, including our first ever international class in Bamenda, Cameroon!
Media, Writing, and Empowerment — Cameroon
Fomuso (center/back) and teen students in Bamenda, Cameroon
We’re entering our fifth week of classes in our first ever international class, and couldn’t be happier to report that our Cameroon Program Director, Fomuso Blessing Nabila, is not only meeting weekly with nine girls to teach them how to craft bylines and strong opinion editorial articles, but she is starting to submit drafts of their work for review! Student work includes articles by Gaelle Mambo, who is in the process of writing about how teen girls can communicate better with their parents, and Nji Schneider, who is tackling the difficult topic of the victimization of rape victims in Cameroon. Continue reading →
The Advice Project’sfirst cross-cultural classes in Bamenda, Cameroon, and New York City, New York, would be impossible without a local program director to help organize and lead classes in Bamenda. We needed not only to hire a responsible woman to help run this program, but an individual who is from Cameroon, intimately understands her country’s culture and political climate, and has human rights experience working directly with girls and women.
We are very happy to announce that Fomosu Blessing Nabila is The Advice Project’s Cameroon Program Director. Blessing is the Country Director for Gender Danger, and she has worked as a support staff for several non-governmental organizations to offer peace-building services to women and children in her country. Continue reading →
A year ago, The Advice Project started offering media, writing, and empowerment classes and workshops for teen girls and women living in New York City. These offerings have been enormously successful – we’ve helped girls to find their voices by giving them safe spaces to discuss difficult topics and by offering them opportunities to create applicable solutions to problems, and amplify their ideas through writing. We’re very proud of this work. Continue reading →
Recently, The Advice Project’s Founder and Managing Editor sat down with Dr. Jessie Voigts from Wandering Educators to talk about international education, empowering young women, and our organization’s work with teens. This interview was posted to ED News Daily, an education site led by educator, writer, and artist, Robyn D. Shulman.
In the introduction to the interview, Dr. Voigts called The Advice Project: “The most important educational project for young women in the world today.”
We feel truly honored by these words, and vow to continue supporting teen girls and women around the world through education and the written word.