Many women are attacked, harmed or killed in Turkey. A 17-year-old and a 20-yer-old were recently raped and killed. Some brave men wanted to show support and demand protection for their sisters, daughters, mothers and friends. They wore skirts in a big march in Istambul to show there should be no difference in the way women and men are treated in their country. They want Turkey to be a safer place for the women in their lives.
The Oscars Academy is 93% white and 76% male… In the Directing, Writing and Cinematography sections, nominees were 26 men to… 0 women! Isn’t it time they included some diversity?
Three actresses got fed up with the Academy for excluding women and wrote a song about it. Go girls!
Here is what famous athlete Kasey Studdard has to say about being in Special Education for Learning Disabilities as a child:
“I was teased, ridiculed, and isolated.”
“It wasn’t for a lack of intelligence, but I simply couldn’t comprehend things in the same ways the other kids did.”
“Though I often nodded my head to signal that I understood, I did not.”
“Kids can be very mean…” ““Ha-ha, you’re in the RETARD class now!,” they mocked. “Kasey’s so stupid, they had to kick him out of our class,” they teased.”
“In my early teens, to my surprise, I found that I could do things on the court and on the field that other kids could not. Sports became my salvation.”
“Unfortunately, I couldn’t live solely on sports fields. That meant years and years of remedial coursework, time spent before and after school, and countless late nights just to keep up. My mother always made sure the work got done — and for that I will be eternally grateful.”
“it wasn’t the hard work that impacted me most growing up. It was the other students, my special education classmates — the ones with severe mental and physical disabilities who had it far worse than I did — who taught me more about life than any lesson plan ever could. For them, the struggle wasn’t just about self-esteem or fitting in or being “normal,” it was about survival itself.”
“That’s why I have always stood up for the less-fortunate.”
“Whenever I saw a disabled or disadvantaged child at one of our training camps, I would always take time to greet them with a smile and a hug, and to ask how they were doing .”
“I was one of the lucky ones — with sports providing salvation just in time — but everyone deserves an opportunity to shine.”
Here is a video showing how the R-word (“retarded”) can be as offensive as any other insult against minorities.
You can take the pledge to stop using this mean word!
An anti-Islam group in San Francisco had put up ads on city buses. Street artists have fought racism by covering them up with their art, using Marvel superhero Muslim girl’s image.
“This Girl Can” is here to inspire women to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.
Meet the stars of our campaign who are doing what they do,and letting nothing (not even sweat) stand in their way.
Meet the girls
NYC-based photographer Rick Guidotti was in Cincinnati photographing local families of kids living with genetic, physical, and behavioral differences. His non-profit, Positive Exposure, aims to show the “beauty in human diversity.” Film produced by Carrie Cochran, September 2014. Exhibition in Cincinnati, October 2014.
NYC-based photographer Rick Guidotti was in Cincinnati photographing local families of kids living with genetic, physical, and behavioral differences. His non-profit, Positive Exposure, aims to show the "beauty in human diversity." Produced by Carrie Cochran. September 2014
When their house got spray-painted with hate grafiti, this family reacted to make people understand that their handicapped girls are NOT “retards”, an ugly word that we must stop to use…
If their story moved you, please click this link to go and pledge not to use that word yourself.
Boys have always had great toys to help them imagine, build, create, play and grow… In many shops, the “little girls” aisle is full of pink glittering toys that just invite girls to dream they are princesses. Girls deserve better!
The word “redskins” is a racist word to call American Indians. Yet the Washington American football team uses it as its nickname. Many people think that they should change their name, or that it should be banned from TV.
Reading or sending a text on your phone can destroy your life like it destroyed this young girl’s life…
A group of young British Muslims have joined the fight back against Islamic State militants with a video and social media campaign.
After the murder of David Haines and kidnapping of Alan Hemming, the East London-based group Active Change Foundation decided to voice their anger.
They set up the #notinmyname campaign to spread the word that British Muslims reject IS, its ideology and actions and to show that IS do not represent the Islamic faith or the Muslim community.
Hanif Qadir, founder of ACF. said: “The murder of an innocent man has no justification in any religion or walk of life.
“These terrorists ISIS are not true Muslims, they do not practice the true teachings of Islam; peace, mercy and compassion, and they are the enemy of all mankind.”
Here are some extracts from her speech asking for equal rights for men and women:
“We want to end gender inequality and to do this, we need everyone involved. This is the first campaign of its kind at the UN. We want to try to galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for change”
“the more I’ve spoken about feminism, the more I have realized that fighting for women’s rights has too often become synonymous with man-hating. If there is one thing I know for certain, it is that this has to stop.”
“for the record, feminism, by definition, is the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.”
“I think it is right that socially, I am afforded the same respect as men.”
“But sadly, I can say that there is no one country in the world where all women can expect to receive these rights. No country in the world can yet say that they have achieved gender equality. These rights, I consider to be human rights”
“Men, I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too. Because to date, I’ve seen my father’s role as a parent being valued les by society despite my needing his presence, as a child, as much as my mother’s.”
“We don’t want to talk about men being imprisoned by gender stereotypes but I can see that they are. “
“We should stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining ourselves by who we are. We can all be freer and this is what HeForShe is about. It’s about freedom.”
“If you believe in equality, you might be one of those inadvertent feminists that I spoke of earlier and for this, I applaud you.”
“I am inviting you to step forward to be seen and to ask yourself, ‘If not me, who? If not now, when?'”