Students Speak against Sexual Harassment on AAUW’s U.N. PanelMarch 08, 2013
Midway through this first week of the 57th U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, the priority theme of elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls has taken many forms, from workshops to panels to film screenings. Governments have outlined their gender-focused plans, and nongovernmental organizations have shared their steps toward ending the impunity of violence against women and girls.
Particularly moving are the voices of girls telling their stories … of being afraid to go to school, being preyed upon by male teachers, incurring blame for being raped, and feeling unsafe in their own homes. At the powerful Girls’ Tribunal: Bearing Witness to Activism, a group of brave girls described as “testif[ying] to the impact that violence has had on their lives, and the creative means they have taken to stand against it.”
AAUW held a panel discussion during the commission based on our 2011 research report, Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School. Female and male high school students spoke about the prevalence of sexual harassment at school. They shared strategies from their high school women’s studies teacher — Ileana Jimenez (@feministteacher), who was also a panelist — and spoke about their involvement in organizations like Girls for Gender Equity and Girls Learn International.
I live-tweeted the event, and the timeline provides a thought-provoking snapshot of the presentation, dialogue, and interaction with participants.