Category Archives: Gen Z

5 Girl Activists

http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/when-girls-take-the-lead-on-social-justice-5-stories-20180622?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=YTW_20180622&utm_content=YTW_20180622+Version+A+CID_8fff32c0f49553946658973904aca9be&utm_source=CM&utm_term=When%20Girls%20Take%20the%20Lead%20on%20Social%20Justice%205%20Stories

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How to Encourage Girls in STEM fields

https://theconversation.com/heres-how-to-encourage-more-girls-to-pursue-science-and-math-careers-98229?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%20106399431&utm_content=The%20Weekend%20Conversation%20-%20106399431+CID_6e12b293db390cfa8511f12d3cb55499&utm_source=campaign_monitor_us&utm_term=Heres%20how%20to%20encourage%20more%20girls%20to%20pursue%20science%20and%20math%20careers

#NeverAgain gun control activists explain their tactics

David Hogg and Lauren Hogg. #Never Again. Random House, 2018.
What tactics did these Parkland, Florida, savvy and outspoken teenagers use to make so much happen so fast in the gun control movement? David Hogg explained in his #NeverAgain book that they were very disorganized and as teenagers, no one liked being told what to do. If someone had a good idea, they did it, without asking for approval. Individuals focused on what they did well, such as tweeting, giving interviews, or organizing. He said they didn’t have a plan or hire consultants and focus groups, but communicated the way they were used to online. They started by “going to war with the NRA” with tweets suggesting companies end their special deals with the NRA, which gave the students a “bigger stage” of national attention. Gonzales quickly gained more Twitter followers than the NRA. They picked a few clear goals and picked their battles, ignoring trolls but challenging well-known people like Laura Ingraham who criticized his question, “What if our politicians weren’t the bitch of the NRA?” They weren’t respectful of people in authority like Senator Marco Rubio. What Hogg said made them succeed is they “obsessively” stuck to the task of changing the national discussion about gun control, often spending the night at Cameron’s house and waking up with another idea. After the March for Our Lives in Washington, DC, they organized into committees. Hogg said Gonzales is the only “non-type A” person in the group, the “peaceful radiance at the center of all the spinning wheels.” He advises activists to stay loving and “never, ever stop pointing at the naked emperor.”

Recent Middle Eastern Gender Attitudes: Women’s Place is in the Home

A survey that doesn’t offer much hope for the future, the UN Women and Promundo survey of 10,000 people in Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and Palestine reported in 2017 that 87 percent of Egyptian men and 77 percent of Egyptian women believed that women’s role is to “care for the home” and 90 percent of men and 58.5 percent of women believed that men should make the final decisions (El-Behary, 2017). Over half the men and one-third of women thought that women sometimes deserve to be beaten and half the women and 70 percent of men supported female genital cutting (FGM). Only a quarter of the men and 42 percent of women believed that women should have the same freedom to access the Internet.

Younger men were not more liberal; the study authors suggested that the difficult economic situation produced a backlash as unemployed men feel insecure about their masculinity and they were raised in an increasingly conservative Islamic climate. Younger men were more opposed to women politicians than older men. About half of the women in the four countries also had traditional views, although educated people are more likely to support gender equality.

On the hopeful side of the survey, two-thirds of Egyptian men surveyed supported gender equity in education, equal pay for both genders and were willing to work with women. Three-quarters of Egyptian women wanted the same right to work; however, the study showed that almost 90 percent of women believed that men’s employment is more important “if employment is scarce,” which it is. Many more Egyptian women believed that women could be the leaders of political parties, 76 percent compared to 39 percent of men.  As long as Egyptians vote for a military “pharaoh” inequality will remain.

El-Behary, H. (May 8, 2017). 87 percent of Egyptian men believe women’s basic role is to be housewives. The Independent. Retrieved from

http://www.egyptindependent.com/87-egyptian-men-believe-women-s-basic-role-be-housewives-study/

Suggested Reading

Nermin Allam. Women and the Egyptian Revolution: Engagement and Activism during the 2011 Arab Uprisings. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2017

Mona Prince and Samia Mehrez. Revolution Is My Name: An Egyptian Woman’s Diary from Eighteen Days in Tahrir by 2015. (Prince ran for president of Egypt in 2012.) Cairo, Egypt: The American University in Cairo Press, 2015.

Samia Mehrez. Translating Egypt’s Revolution: The Language of Tahrir. Cairo, Egypt: The American University in Cairo Press, 2012.

Samia Mehrez, ed. Arts and the Uprising in Egypt: the Making of a Culture of

Ahdaf Soueif. Cairo: My City, Our Revolution. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2012.

Road to Change Gun Control by Never Again Students

June 15: March For Our Lives: Road to Change. Starting in a Peace March in Chicago, the students bused to 20 states and 75 cities to “get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote.” They pointed out that more than four million teens turned 18 in 2018 and Jaclyn Corin said in email, “We know there is no better way to bring about change than voting.” They described their effort as “a youth-led movement on a mission to elect morally-just leaders.” (The simultaneous Poor People’s Campaign also emphasizes the morality issue.) Tactically savvy, they partnered with Rock The Vote, Headcount, NAACP and Mi Familia Vota, They encouraged students to form intersectional activist clubs in their schools based on relationship building. They sponsored a petition that got hundreds of thousands of signatures, created merchandize to buy, and reached out to partner with gun violence prevention organizations.[i] “Price tags” calculated the amount of money that politicians accepted from the NRA, state by state, to be printed out and displayed. The campaign’s specific goals are to create “a searchable database for gun owners; funding the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence so that reform policies are backed up by data; and banning high-capacity magazines and semi-automatic assault rifles.”

[i] https://marchforourlives.com/sign/

https://marchforourlives.com/local-action/

Video interviews with activists, including youth, by Gayle Kimball

United States

 

*California feminist activist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JFyXFKycjE

 

*Feminist health activists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmpuIc4W6tY

 

*A Mexican teenage feminist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLuXZ4u_cxM

 

*GLBT activists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p8lTq1byLU

 

*Feminist Visions of the Future: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sJszKFyJ08

 

*Social justice research by first year students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3oWh0nRgeo8

 

*Men’s Changing Roles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdYjjkN11dA

 

*Envionmental activists in Louisiana and Lanai: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB1xolBsT80

 

*Climate change activist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqgmlRUkPu8

 

*First graders advocate saving the Rain Forests: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg88Twxi-HA

 

*Dealing with racism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i897g0yaqLw

 

*Native American activist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tSsqer0Oio

 

*Asian American activists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBx5wB83AKE

 

*An undocumenter Dreamer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if1C9RUEjC0

 

*Counselors and a student explain how to develop resilience in the face of adversity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tsirxrKqCg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYH1B22tXlc

 

*Occupy activist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFNT3fzRXHY

 

*The political views of Generation Z students in the US, India and Turkey:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYO1C5lOwbI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SznisYhNf5U

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkTz3JFdm0I

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ykTa_ub3oI

 

Global

*Pakistani feminists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWEOKO-d7xY

 

*The Gezi Park Uprising in Istanbul as explained by a Turkish partipant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We4NXaVlJJ4

 

*The Greek Sintagma Square demonstrations in Athens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3RVA7EkZLg

 

*Nosostros social center in Athens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ7yXZuaSXs

 

*Jerome Roos, a Dutch activist and editor of ROAR Magazine discusses how to change the neoliberal system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhsKZrlgc6s

 

*French activism: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emjKw24cciY

 

*Egyptian activists: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HrqR-i9_Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uB5BrUnQ6QA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3HrqR-i9_Q

 

*Impressions of Finland by a Chinese student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_39eeL31uo8

 

*A Swedish college student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Unzzh4Jh8KM

 

*South African teen activist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6vE9Yr9UtU

 

*An Ethiopian medical student: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTwT8tgoG38

 

*A Chinese student discusses lack of freedom: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh0MN6fuuRQ

 

*South Koreans criticize the education system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hq5KoEoY-w