Challenge the Media: End the Sexualization of Girls and Young Women in Mainstream Media
Children are exposed to a barrage of sexual and violent images through media of all kinds in mainstream society. TV commercials, movie box covers, music lyrics and even Halloween costumes all contribute to the exploitation of young girls. This interactive workshop will draw on the real life experiences of young women and girls and analyze the impact of media on their rights from an international human rights framework, specifically the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women. Participants will discuss practical ideas for taking action to stop the mainstreaming of the sexual exploitation of young girls and resources will be provided for those who want to learn more about the rights of girls and women.
Presenters: Kathy Seipp, The Advocates for Human Rights, and Mackenzie Ellis, Apple Valley High School
Women and Climate Change
When natural disasters strike, they hit poor communities first and worst. And since women make up an estimated 70 percent of those living below the poverty line, they are most likely to bear the heaviest burdens. At the same time, women are often left out of the conversation about adapting to climate change, even though they are sometimes in the best position to provide solutions. Our workshop will discuss these issues, show what women around the world are doing to cope, and talk about the current climate change legislation. Participants will be presented the opportunity to partake in a variety of action items.
Presenters: Jessica Lettween, Leah Sedler, and Lucy Camacho, Oxfam Action Corps Minnesota
The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Family Homelessness
Why is homelessness among women and children on the rise? What does domestic violence have to do with homelessness and how can you make a difference?
Presenters: Sheila Stuhlman and Cynthia Anderson, Immigrant Law Center of MN
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