Chi Yvonne Leina
Chi Yvonne Leina is a pioneering journalist from Cameroon now based in Brooklyn, New York. She focuses on problems faced by women and young girls whose voices go unheard in traditional media. Her reports are featured on the Global Press Institute, World Pulse and The Media Project. With seven years of experience in journalism, she spent four years as a news presenter and reporter for Equinoxe Television, a leading private TV station in Cameroon. Her writing on the traditional practice of breast ironing has unveiled the story to a large international audience and launched a platform for change. Leina has braved police intimidation and brutalization in Cameroon to become a voice of the voiceless. Despite being jailed and operating in a country with hostile policies towards free speech, Leina founded GENDER DANGER where women could receive training on how to become citizen journalists and raise their voices for their communities. She has also served as editor of the environmental magazine Cameroon Birdline.