Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves

Adrienne BoettingerFriday,18 March 2016

Hey guess what? It’s still Women’s History Month! Yes, women do get a full month and no, that is still not enough! But we digress…

Rather than rail about lack of recognition for more than half of the earth’s population, The Snap Download would like to use this opportunity to highlight just a few of the women kicking ass, taking names, and how you can help them with the ass-kicking and name-taking.

Sheroes. Some men are so small, so enraged at their own lack of importance, and so empowered by systems that consistently undervalue the lives of women that the only way these men can strike back is to throw acid in women’s and young girls’ faces. This barbarous act takes place with alarming frequency in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Colombia and elsewhere around the world. Some of the victims are made to believe – by their own families often – that they provoked the attacks by refusing to have sex with a man or marry a man twice their own age. Thankfully the NGO, Stop Acid Attacks, is working not just to prosecute the assailants and make it more difficult for these brutalities to take place, but also to give the survivors jobs, new leases on life, and the confidence to live among the world again. Learn more about the group and how to help here.

End FGM. Fahma Mohamed, Jana Dukureh, Masooma Ranalvi, and other women and girls are fighting tirelessly to end the barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation and their courage and tenacity is inspiring others. This worldwide problem, on the rise in the U.S., is too often kept in the shadows. Thankfully young women like Mohamed and Dukureh are raising the issue to the forefront in the U.K. and here in the U.S. Learn more about efforts to combat FGM here.

Being Their Own Heroes. Indian photographer Smita Sharma wasn’t believed or supported when she was sexually assaulted at the age of 18. Now she works with NGOs, lawyers, and friends to share the stories of other Indian sexual assault victims in “Chronicles of Courage.” Her pictures tell the stories of individual women who are often pushed aside, slandered, belittled and further abused to diminish what they say. Sharma gives them their voices through her photography.

FAIR Girls. It can be tempting to read the stories above and think they happen to somebody else, half a world away. Of course that isn’t true and a prime example of horrific acts against women and girls in the U.S. is human trafficking. Slavery seems like something that happened in another time but in fact it’s going on right now and in your own home town. Be it for sex work, domestic labor, or working in a factory, countless human beings are confined to a life of hell. Thankfully there are groups like FAIR Girls, a nonprofit organization that helps prevent the exploitation of girls worldwide. Learn more about the group here, donate, or even purchase jewelry made by young women who escaped lives of enslaved prostitution and are working to help other women do the same.

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Image Credit: DFID – UK Department for International Development on Flickr

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