education

One Hundred Chibok Girls Remain Kidnapped by Boko Haram

Trigger Warning: This post contains mention of rape, abuse, and violence against women and girls. — In April 2014, Boko Haram, a violent militant Islamic terrorist group, abducted 276 school girls from Chibok in northern Nigeria. The girls were hidden in the Sambisa forest and were raped, abused, sold off as …

The Importance of Good Sex Education

I’m a 14 year old girl in an RE classroom in the roughest high school in the area. Apparently we have the highest teenage pregnancy rate in Europe; but I’ve heard that about most areas. I’m with the top set group as usual, so it’s assumed that we’ll be the …

“I Don’t Do Politics”: on Political Intimidation

“Oh, I don’t do politics.” This was my go-to refrain for so many years whenever the topic arose. Even though I was registered and first voted at the age of eighteen, it’s only in recent years that I’ve been open to discussing politics with my peers. If it was ever …