Thursday, December 5, 2013

To Change Gender Stereotypes

Every Christmas creche  features the mother of the baby Jesus. Among Christians she is held in high esteem with prayers and special days devoted to Mary. One wonders how Mary would be received today.

Even in these contemporary times, women still battle for equality and respect.  The following nonprofit devotes its efforts to better represent women in the media.

"The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, or circumstance can fulfill their potential," reads the mission statement of this nonprofit that started with a film.  The film's trailer follows this post.

“Seventy three percent of students said watching Miss Representation changed their opinion about the way in which women are represented in the media. After seeing the film, sixty-one percent of students reported speaking up when seeing or hearing something derogatory towards women.”
- REACT to FILM survey

  

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