You know what really makes me happy? Seeing people step up to bullies or any discrimination and make it clear that it is not okay. Speaking up is such a vital part of making a difference. Sure, it can be uncomfortable to defy the social norm or go against what your friends might be doing, but in the end, your voice matters.
Recently, I was made aware of a wonderful movement called ImMEDIAte Justice :
“Our mission is to encourage girls to imagine a just world by telling their untold stories of gender and sexuality through film. We believe young women can have a strong and positive impact on their communities if given the tools to amplify their voice.”
What an incredibly powerful voice to give to women around the world. Speak your truths and be proud!
The organization just launched a music video that features a parody version of “Turn Down For What”, substituting the lyrics to cater to the catcalling that women experience. While we can all certainly say that we have experienced catcalls, teenage girls shouldn’t have to (nor should we for that matter). Catcalls suck – but cats don’t, so what if we had more cats and less catcalls? Check it out.
“imMEDIAte Justice moves sex ed from misinformation to truth, from isolation to community, from restriction to freedom, from insecurity to self-love. “
The organization offers a number of programs in which to participate; however, donations are always welcome. The programs include summer camps, workshops and lectures, as well as international chapters. The summer camps are designed to give girls the opportunity to become leaders in their communities and experts in reproductive health and media justice. Girls are matched with mentors in the film industry with whom they work to compose, direct, and produce films that provide unique outlooks on reproductive health. Each camp lasts eight weeks, and, within those eight weeks, each girl will learn the ins and outs of film composition and production, develop a new sense of self-awareness and confidence, and be encouraged to be completely themselves and share that with the world. While the summer camps are in Los Angeles, imMEDIAte Justice works closely with many organizations to allow women around the country to bring workshops and lectures to their cities. Furthermore, the international chapters include Uganda, India, and China.
Looking for more information or a way to get involved? Visit their site here and read more on their blog!