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Using Cultural Media for Change

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I recently came across an interview with Mallika Dutt (founder, president and CEO of Breakthrough) via the University of Pennsylvania’s Knowledge @ Wharton podcast. The focus was around the ideas of using the culture of today to change the cultural norms of the future.

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Brenna’s back from Turkey… and look at the delicious treats she brought back for us!

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Hey! October 11th is the International Day of the Girl. In 2011, the UN declared the day to “recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world” and to “recall also all human rights.”

As UN Under-Secretary-General and Director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka puts it, “The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls and women.” She also writes, ”Violence against girls, in all its forms, is a grave human violation rooted in gender inequality.” Girls around the world face the threat of physical and sexual abuse, early marriage, and genital mutilation. They are also threatened when they are unable to pursue an education. All this because of harmful traditions, gender stereotypes, and norms.

It is up to all of us to empower girls, but some girls are not waiting for their Superman. They are the superheroes, challenging the discrimination and violence they face everyday.

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On Saturday, let’s recognize these girls for their admirable feats as well as all girls worldwide, like the ones who might have a special place in your life.

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We’re teaching a High School gender and feminism class right now! Check out this *awesome* bulletin board the students made to celebrate the women they love and admire! 

We’re teaching a High School gender and feminism class right now! Check out this *awesome* bulletin board the students made to celebrate the women they love and admire! 

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Check this out!! Breakthrough’s #BeThatGuy campaign in the Anthem Motorsports Annual, a #NASCAR magazine!!! Encouraging guys to speak up and stop violence against women, in all its forms, in its tracks! Pretty awesome, right? (at Midtown Nyc)

Check this out!! Breakthrough’s #BeThatGuy campaign in the Anthem Motorsports Annual, a #NASCAR magazine!!! Encouraging guys to speak up and stop violence against women, in all its forms, in its tracks! Pretty awesome, right? (at Midtown Nyc)

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Our U.S. Country Director, Phoebe Schreiner went to the Emily’s List Eastern Regional Conference yesterday (that’s her on the right—with Senator Elizabeth Warren!). The event was inspiring and empowering. It made us all remember how far women have come, and get excited about how much farther we’re going to go.

Our U.S. Country Director, Phoebe Schreiner went to the Emily’s List Eastern Regional Conference yesterday (that’s her on the right—with Senator Elizabeth Warren!). The event was inspiring and empowering. It made us all remember how far women have come, and get excited about how much farther we’re going to go.

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Greetings from UN Headquarters!

We had an amazing time at the UN Women HeForShe special event this weekend. HeForShe is UN Women’s new campaign to include everyone, including men, in the global fight to end gender inequality. We totally agree that everyone should be involved in the fight for human rights. It’s driven our work for years, and it’s really inspiring to see the UN own this philosophy!

At the event, we got to hear from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and (no introduction needed) Emma Watson, who is now the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Listen to her heartfelt speech here—it’s so inspiring. 

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"There is this devaluation of women."

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nprglobalhealth:

It’s All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?
"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.
"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."
In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”
Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.
The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.
Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”
They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.
Continue reading and see more photos.
Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)

nprglobalhealth:

It’s All About The Girls: Is The World Listening To Them?

"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.

"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."

In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”

Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.

The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.

Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”

They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.

Continue reading and see more photos.

Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)

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"When rape becomes a fashion critique, then a sob story about two football players losing their way."

Watch as award-winning poet/actor Carlos Andrés Gómez delivers a powerful message to men everywhere. This video, directed by Fivel Rothberg, (who also directed Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women) calls on everyone to do their part, to #BeThatGuy. The kind that doesn’t tolerate violence against women in any form.

Read more from Carlos and Breakthrough founder Mallika Dutt: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mallika-dutt/ending-violence-against-w_2_b_5845862.html 

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