Rosa is pleased to announce the first grants awarded under the Girls and Young Women’s Fund. This Fund will create spaces and opportunities for girls and young women to shape media and popular culture in targeted and strategic ways and in the process expand their skills and aspirations. It came about from listening to young women’s concerns about how airbrushed media messages negatively impact their self-image, personal development and sense of possibility.
The two projects, different but complementary, offer exciting possibilities for reaching many more young women, helping them become active in creating the larger changes they want. Endangered Bodies London, an initiative dedicated to giving voice to groups and individuals challenging our devastating acceptance of body hatred as normal, will engage directly with young women in creating their own media, portraying themselves and their peers as individuals full of future possibilities.
We are delighted to be working with Rosa on changing the culture that so harms girls and women.
Susie Orbach, convenor of Endangered Bodies London
Platform 51 and EVAW will work in partnership with young women in challenging the way in which the video music industry portrays women and girls as nothing more than sex objects.
This is a really exciting and creative project which will empower young women to speak out about sexism in the music industry which reinforces, and even condones, a culture of violence against women. We will ensure that their voices are heard in the corridors of power and their actions lead to real change.
Holly Dustin, Director of the End Violence Against Women Coalition
We will keep you updated on their progress over the coming months.