Campaign Update

I have become a Digital Rights Advocate for Cameroon.

Sophie Ngassa
Posted July 21, 2018 from Cameroon
During the Digital Rights training workshop at Douala with 30 civil society organisations.
In the presence on our partners from Internews, USA.
Female Digital Rights advocates at the Yaounde workshop.
Female Digital Rights advocates at the Yaounde workshop.: Digital inclusion and diversity is a necessary for development. (1/1)

After running my Digital Action Campaign, my visibility and credibility increased tremendously. “Bring a Girl to STEM” campaign prompted me to produce incredible impact in my community.

In addition, my World Pulse story award about the Internet blackout in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon further opened me up to a new opportunity in the domain of Digital Rights Advocacy. As a result, I was been invited to share my story on Slate magazine and Accessnow and also collaborate with Internet without Borders.

Presently I am partnering with Internews on a project called “Ensemble Cameroon”. The NGO that I founded and lead called Centre for Youth Education and Economic Development CYEED is a grassroot development organization serving as a community resource center for technical training and education working serving as a community resource for technical training and education working to empower youths especially girls and young women towards achieving their development objectives, is now a local partner to INTERNEWS working in collaboration with another organization called Afroleadership.

So far we have organized 2 works in Cameroon for participants coming from the Northwest, Southwest, Central and Littoral regions of Cameroon:

  1. Training workshop on Digital Rights in Cameroon organized by CYEED, AfroLeadership and  Paradigm Initiative and supported by Interview from May 2rd to 5th 2018 in Yaoundé. The theme was “Workshop to improve advocacy skills of stakeholders on Internet Rights and Digital Access in Cameroon”
  2. Digital Rights workshop for civil society in Cameroon organized CYEED, AfroLeadership and Paradigm Initiative and supported by Internews from 18th to 22rd June 2018 in Douala.

In April 24th to 26th 2018 I was also selected as one of the delegates from around the world for the Internet Freedom Forum IFF2018 in Abuja Nigeria organized by Paradigm Initiative. I benefited from the sponsorship of Internews.

The main objective of Internews is to support efforts out of Cameroon for policy advocacy to promote internet freedom in Cameroon. We have successfully created a coalition for Digital Rights Advocacy in Cameroon. The objective is to build a coalition between civil societies in Cameroon to help each other and to ensure the sustainability of digital rights and Internet freedom advocacy in Cameroon.

We hope to prevent further internet shutdown in Africa especially during times of crisis.

It is worth noting that this workshop came at a time when the population of  the two English regions were faced with 2 periods of internet interruptions. This equally came under review as some participants thought it was apt, because to them, it was promoting propaganda and hate speech hence causing disunity, others felt it wasn’t necessary and Government on its part would have used the same internet to fight back what it considers false information or propaganda.

I look forward to expand the training to as many persons as possible especially women around Africa.

Never STOP believing in yourself!

Stand up and speak out!

Thank you World Pulse!

 

 

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

15000

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Ngala Nadege
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Hello sister ,I am very please with your works. I believe that with all your works and that of the government digital rights will be respected in our country. Thanks for sharing. 

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Dear sis, I am very thankful to World Pulse for lighting up my path. We are set to push for our digital rights especially in times of crisis. Thanks for commenting.

Gladys Muthara
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Wow! This is really beautiful Sophie. I really admire your relentless efforts and progress you keep making in advancing Digital Rights. Africa is a better place because of you. Keep going my sister and I wish you abundant blessings in your journey.

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Hello Gladys, Thanks for encouraging me. We need to keep on working to make the world a better place.

Gladys Muthara
Jul 29, 2018
Jul 29, 2018

Absolutely! Well said my sister.

Jill Langhus
Jul 22, 2018
Jul 22, 2018

Hi lovely Sophie, Thanks for sharing your update and coalition. That sounds like a great idea. I'm looking forward to see how you are able to make an impact toward prevention of internet shutdowns.

Hope you have a great day!

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Hello my dear sister Jill, Yes! We will do our best as a team. Access to Internet is human right! Thank you.

Jill Langhus
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Hello sister,

I know you will, and yes, I agree:-) Hope you're having a good and safe day! Hugs to you and Felicia.

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Yes we are safe and good. Thank you for love and concern.

Jill Langhus
Jul 23, 2018
Jul 23, 2018

Good, good:-) You're most welcome...

Corine Milano
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

Sophie, you are always a superstar! Thank you for sharing this powerful update. I love what you have accomplished! 

Sophie Ngassa
Jul 24, 2018
Jul 24, 2018

My dear sis Corine Waow! World Pulse is the best place ever. Thanks for encouraging me.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Aug 01, 2018
Aug 01, 2018

Hello, Sophie,

I wish I could be one of your students. You are such a superwoman. I look up to you and admire the impact that you do. I wish to meet you one day.

You are one of Cameroon's greatest blessings. Thank you for showcasing your expressions of love to women. Hugs.

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Hey Karen! You are amazing dear sister.Thanks for your very kind words of appreciation.I feel lifted up.

Colleen Abdoulah
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Thank you for joining us this morning at our meeting. You were wonderful and inspiring. We so appreciate all you are doing with your leadership and passion to make this world a better place for women and girls and communities as a whole. Bless you. Sending much love, Colleen

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Wow !  Dear Colleen, I am very excited to read from you. I listened carefully to your introduction. Thanks for being so kind. World Pulse helped me to build my strength and vision, I will always remain thankful to you all. I am sure your meeting ended well. Thanks again for listening to me. Love you.

Dr. Romie Mushtaq
Aug 03, 2018
Aug 03, 2018

Hello Sophie, I was one of the board members that you took time to speak to this morning during our World Pulse board meeting.   I want to thank you for the impactful work you are doing for the collective sisterhood of World Pulse and your community.  Advocating for STEM education is a key tool to empower girls and women for our future.  I see you.  I hear you.  And I believe in you.  Love, Dr. Romie

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Awwhhh!!! Dear Dr. Romie, I feel super blessed reading these kind words. You are welcome! Same and more thanks here for everything you do for women in the world. World Pulse has turned my life around for better. Love you too.  Your introduction was cool. In solidarity. Sophie

Sister Zeph
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 12, 2018

My sister Sophi this is so amazing to follow your beautiful journey to help women to be empowered through digital technology 

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 15, 2018
Aug 15, 2018

My dearest sister Zeph, I am passionate about digitally empowering women. Women + Web = STRONG! Thank you for commenting. You are also doing a very amazing job at your school., keep on sis.