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For many girls in Kibera, Kenya, the largest urban slum in Africa, informal schooling is the only education option available. But unlicensed local classes are often rife with sexual exploitation and untrained teachers who prey on students. In 2003, activist Jane Anyango, now 46, responded to this ongoing issue by creating a class of her own. She began giving presentations instructing girls on how to reject their teachers’ sexual advances while encouraging them to take back control of both their bodies and their educations. This initiative...
Still need a stiff drink to deal with the current political climate? Or want to try something new and refreshing while you distract yourself from reading President Trump’s daily tweets? We got you covered so you don’t feel so melon-choly; remember, you have the staple summer fruit – watermelon – in your diet for the next two months! Here are 12 delicious recipes that will have your taste buds thanking you in no time.   Photo courtesy of Stephanie Barlow Watermelon Keg We still have a couple of months...

I am originally from the Dominican Republic, and my family is somewhat traditional. I lived with my dad until I left home to go to grad school, and my sister Claire lived there until she got married at 23. She is now 33 and has a loving husband, a dog and two kids. I am 35, and sometimes it feels like my biggest personal accomplishment is that I once slept 12 hours in a row. Pathetic. But that’s not true. I have worked very hard to...
At BUST, we love resisting the sun’s harsh rays as much as we love resisting gnarly regimes. This sunhat DIY encourages both! Wear it while planning for your next march, telling your representatives what you really think, or chilling near a body of water for some activist self-care. This project takes about one hour and not much skill, so let’s get crafting! Materials All found at your local craft store- Wide-brim straw hat (we got ours at Target for $5!)- Embroidery needle (it has a wide eye...
In case you need another backwards law to make you never want to visit North Carolina, here ya go. Apparently in 1979, the Supreme Court case State v. Way ruled that women do not have the right to withdraw from sex after they've consented. A 19-year-old woman discovered this first-hand when she was told her attacker didn’t break the law when he continued to have sex with her even after she said no. Aaliyah Palmer consented to have sex with him at a party, but after...
When the 276 Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria in 2014, the world took notice. Rage, disgust, and terror permeated social media feeds; prayers and statements of hope were posted to those same media channels; with a single photo and a hashtag, Michelle Obama started the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Perhaps it was that such an enormous group of young girls were kidnapped that this incidence was given the world stage, but ultimately it was nothing out of the ordinary in northeast Nigeria, where violence regularly instigated...
One "Master of None" episode centers around a visit to Storm King Tiny towns both east and west of the mighty Hudson River are the escape for N.Y.C. babes (and anyone looking for a peaceful trip east). And if you’ve never been upstate, you’re missing the best of New York’s natural good looks. About a two-hour drive (or Amtrak ride) from Manhattan, Hudson Valley helps visitors shake off their stress and stunt on the ’gram with riverside sunset stories and Catskill mountain panoramas. But don’t worry...
In Virginia, the remains of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl, were found on Sunday. The man responsible was arrested soon after and has been charged with murder. Nabra and her friends had been at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society for a late night prayer, a common occurrence during Ramadan, and decided to get food before their fast. They had been returning to the mosque from IHOP in the early hours of Sunday. Nabra was wearing an abaya, a traditional Muslim dress-like garment, and...
A pregnant black mom of four was shot by two police officers Sunday morning in her Seattle apartment, where three of her children also were. The victim, Charleena Lyles, reported a burglary, and after Seattle police arrived at her home, she was holding a knife, according to the Seattle Times. In an audio recording released from the police department, the situation was calm at first, but suddenly escalated before several gunshots were fired. Lyles’ apartment complex is a residential facility to help people transition from homelessness....
When you first walk into Paige Stevenson’s Brooklyn loft, appropriately dubbed the “House of Collection,” you are greeted by a wall of vintage toys. Step further in, and your eyes go to a massive jungle of lush plants on a raised platform. A nearby study features floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, an old piano, and glass cases filled with taxidermy, vintage razor blade boxes, tiny doll heads, and other oddities. In fact, Stevenson displays similar objects in every nook of the loft — old glass bottles found at...