Filmmaker Courtney Webster Joins The Advice Project

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

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Class Snapshots – Spring Term

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…

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Victim-Blaming of Teen Rape Survivors in Cameroon

Photo by Anil Kumar

Photo by Anil Kumar

By: NJI SCHNEIDER REMI ADAMS

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

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An interview with our Cameroon Program Director on Radio France Internationale

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.

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Class Snapshots – Winter Sessions

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

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

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Introducing The Advice Project’s Cameroon Program Manager

The Advice Project’s first 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

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The Advice Project’s first international classes… in Cameroon

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The Advice Project’s First International Program

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

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“The most important educational project for young women in the world today.”

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.

Please visit Ed News Daily to read the full interview. 

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The Advice Project’s FREE Media and Writing Class for Teen Girls 12 – 18

The Advice Project is committed to bringing free media, empowerment, and writing classes and workshops to teen girls and women. Therefore, it’s with great pleasure that we announce a new fall class for teen girls 12 – 18 in New York City. 

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The Advice Project’s Media and Writing Class explores global issues that affect girls and women. Students will be given weekly readings to help expand their understanding of topics such as how climate change is affecting women, the media’s representation of girls, and gender equality. Continue reading

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I’m Sorry… NOT

I'm Sorry. Photo: Leyram Odacrem

I’m Sorry. Photo: Leyram Odacrem

By: ANEVAY DARLINGTON

Standing on the subway as I headed home after a sleepover, my knees buckled from lack of sleep. Spotting a seat, I felt a wave of relief that soon turned to discomfort after I noticed that in the adjoining seat sat a man with his legs spread wide. I sighed, as I knew from experience that I would need to position myself in my seat with my knees locked or thighs crossed to allow myself enough room. Continue reading

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