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I think that this topic is truly important. What do you think about it?

Source: Are stereotypes keeping women away from science?

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The #BoardTheBus site is live!! Check it out, and share it with your friends!
What is Board the Bus?
Board the Bus is a campaign by Breakthrough aimed at creating a public conversation around the safety of women in public spaces. By taking the bus instead of a metro, auto or car, women are taking back a space that is rightfully theirs but that is often associated with feelings of insecurity, lack of safety or even fear.

Why should I get involved?
Women in India face glaring restrictions in terms of their mobility. Some may be forbidden from leaving their house without being accompanied by a male relative, others face a curfew on their movements.
Even women with relatively more mobility, such as students or professionals, may find themselves policing their own movements - avoiding certain areas, favoring certain modes of transport, traveling within specific time frames, and even choosing to wear clothes that they feel are ‘safe’.
Women need to have the confidence to accept that they have every right to be present in public spaces. By boarding the bus you’re taking back a space that was always yours.

How can I get involved?
Ditch the auto, drop the bike, leave the car. From the 1st to the 8th of March, 2014, board the bus and join hundreds of women in Delhi on the journey to a safer city.
If you frequently commute by bus, then take a friend along with you. Take a picture of yourself of the bus and share it with us. Tell more women about the campaign and get more women on board.

#BoardTheBus

The #BoardTheBus site is live!! Check it out, and share it with your friends!

What is Board the Bus?

Board the Bus is a campaign by Breakthrough aimed at creating a public conversation around the safety of women in public spaces. By taking the bus instead of a metro, auto or car, women are taking back a space that is rightfully theirs but that is often associated with feelings of insecurity, lack of safety or even fear.

Why should I get involved?

Women in India face glaring restrictions in terms of their mobility. Some may be forbidden from leaving their house without being accompanied by a male relative, others face a curfew on their movements.

Even women with relatively more mobility, such as students or professionals, may find themselves policing their own movements - avoiding certain areas, favoring certain modes of transport, traveling within specific time frames, and even choosing to wear clothes that they feel are ‘safe’.

Women need to have the confidence to accept that they have every right to be present in public spaces. By boarding the bus you’re taking back a space that was always yours.

How can I get involved?

Ditch the auto, drop the bike, leave the car. From the 1st to the 8th of March, 2014, board the bus and join hundreds of women in Delhi on the journey to a safer city.

If you frequently commute by bus, then take a friend along with you. Take a picture of yourself of the bus and share it with us. Tell more women about the campaign and get more women on board.

#BoardTheBus

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According to this UN Women supported survey in New Delhi, India: 95% of women feel unsafe in public spaces. This statistic is clearly unacceptable.

Breakthrough is launching a new campaign aimed at initiating conversations around the safety of women in public spaces. #Boardthebus encourages women to stand together and reclaim a space that is often associated with fear, in order to end violence against women.

Stay tuned for more on this campaign!

-Mihika

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Reactions to rape of 5 year old girl in Pakistan

Pakistani workers from NGOs perform during an anti-rape protest in Lahore on September 14, 2013. Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Reading up on the horrific news about the rape of a 5 year old girl in Lahore, Pakistan, I came across this really interesting photograph at the top of an article. Having spent the earlier half of my life in Pakistan, I have seen many rallies about different issues, many of which lead to destruction of other people’s private properties, burning and looting of shops, breaking car windows and burning effigies or tires on main roads.

This is the first time I have seen an element of creative theatrical performance as a way to protest physical and sexual violence against women and girls. I think part of the reason is that people in that region are very much tired of seeing violence in daily lives, and so they adopt more and more peaceful means of protesting. Another more interesting part is that the demographics of politically engaged people are changing. Unlike 10-12 years ago, more urban, middle and upper class youth are becoming politically and socially active now.

I believe that is a good sign, because it means a whole generation of people that was perviously detached from social and political change is now engaged. There is more pressure on the old structures, politicians, political parties and rulers to listen to younger (and fresher) perspectives. It means that there is hope for change, and perhaps a more peaceful future.

- Nadia

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Darnell Moore’s Promise to #RingTheBell

Darnell Moore, a renowned writer and activist for women’s rights, racial equality, and rights of queer of color, makes his promise.

I promise to ring the bell by standing against sexual violence against women and young girls. I grew up in a home with a mother who was abused by my father and I have made a commitment to ensure that women, young girls do not have to go through the same thing that my mother went through and that my younger sisters experienced.”

 What is your promise? Tell us at www.breakthrough.tv/ringthebell

-Meena

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Guess what? 

  • Only two percent of 2012’s top films were shot by women cinematographers. (In fact, the top 250 grossing films in the U.S. in 2012, women comprise 18% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors.) 
  • There’s Only 1 Female Film Director For Every 15.24 Male Ones

This doesn’t come as a surprise but isn’t it time for change? We all love Hollywood but it could certainly use some gender equality. 

- Meena

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My respect for my mother grew into a strong respect for all women in the world. When media and peers at prep school consistently portrayed women as objects or lesser than men, I always knew that something wasn’t right because of the strength that my mother portrayed day-in and day-out.

And in that strength, I learned from my mother how to be a man. See, being a man isn’t about shaving. It’s not about making rape jokes. It’s not even about having a dick. It is about accountability. It is about responsibility. And it is about doing our part to leave this world better than how we found it.

—Jonathan Kalin

Jonathan Kalin is a student at Colby College, and the founder of Party with Consent. This quote is from his blog post "To Be a Man is to Be Responsible."

It’s always great to see young men #RingTheBell!

-Meena

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These amazing photographs are the brainchild of none other than the enigmatic “photograffeur,” JR. Over the years he has masterminded some of the largest and most ambitious participatory photography projects that have (quite literally) covered countries across the world.

His unique style is a blend of photography and graffiti in the way that his distinctive black and white portraits cover the walls of public spaces, and form part of the narrative of the society that they depict.

The photos above are from his Women are Heroes project, a “tribute to those who play an essential role in society but who are the primary victims of war, crime, rape and political or religious fanaticism.”

You should definitely explore the rest of his work here. Including this trailer to his documentary INSIDE OUT: The People’s Art Project.


Women are Heroes— The Movie
was part of the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival in 2010. Check it out:

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Sir Patrick Stewart calls on men to take action and make a promise to stop violence against women as part of Breakthrough's #RingTheBell campaign.
Watch the video here. 
Photo credits: Teri Bloom

Sir Patrick Stewart calls on men to take action and make a promise to stop violence against women as part of Breakthrough's #RingTheBell campaign.

Watch the video here

Photo credits: Teri Bloom

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Have you seen #DeportTheStatue? It’s a spoof campaign that highlights the need for immigration reform that is fair and just, particularly for immigrant women. Visit the website www.deportthestatue.us and share it with your friends!
Happy 4th of July!
 
Also: new bonus footage from LegalsPAC’s archive!

Have you seen #DeportTheStatue? It’s a spoof campaign that highlights the need for immigration reform that is fair and just, particularly for immigrant women. Visit the website www.deportthestatue.us and share it with your friends!

Happy 4th of July!

 

Also: new bonus footage from LegalsPAC’s archive!

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