Women’s progress is human progress.” –Hillary Clinton
This is your formal invitation to become part of the sisterhood of solidarity. To become an activist, a leader, a voice, and a sister in efforts to join the movements of the different issues women face today. From female genital mutilation, to forced marriages, to not being allowed to get a driver’s license, for not having the right to receive an education, to constant degrading body images in the media, -- these are all issues women face in the world. And before you think “it’s a different country, it’s their problem,” every single one of these issues happen here in the United States of America.
The first thing you have to keep in mind when watching these very real issues is to not look upon these women with pity but with understanding, and with the solidarity of knowing you are most likely privileged to be reading an article like this right now. I am privileged to write this right now.
- Girl Rising, 2013: This movie is all about giving girls education and with that education allows girls to become achievers and dreamers in their lives. You will follow the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face cultural setbacks from arranged marriages, to child slavery, and other injustices. Despite these horrific obstacles, these girls are rising up and breaking barriers to create change.
- Honor Diaries, 2013: This movie features the stories, influences, and inspirations of nine courageous women’s rights activists in Muslim-majority societies. You will learn the hardships of women in Southeast Asia are undergoing on a daily basis. This movie advocates for discussion and the awareness of the issues women face.
- Miss Representation, 2011: This movie explores the under-representation of women in the media. More importantly, of women in power and how their limited and often sexist portrayal is filtered to become a norm in our lives as part of our daily consumption of television, magazines, the internet, and social media.
"Apparently, I'm among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, and anti-men, -- unattractive even. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?" - Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador