Young Women, Disobey

Giselle Portenier’s documentary In The Name Of Your Daughter documents the women and men working to end the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in rural Tanzania. While adults are helping, it is often girls, some as young as six years of age, who are refusing to submit. The film is screening at the Vancity Theatre on Sunday, June 2 as part of the Women Deliver Conference (June 3 to 6) in Vancouver.

From forced female mutilation to climate dangers, radical change is needed now. The girls get it

Global Climate Strike in London on March 15 this year. Photo by Garry Knight via Flickr, public domain.

Girls are taught to obey.

It starts early with the admonition to be nice, be sweet, do not upset, insult or talk back. Above all be law-abiding and do as you’re told.

From the right to control your own body to the necessity of saving the planet, direct action makes a difference, but it also requires considerable courage. Nothing makes this more explicit than a tiny little girl standing up to family, community and centuries of tradition and saying no.But real change comes when girls don’t do as they’re told.

When Swedish environmental teen activist Greta Thunberg addressed the World Summit in Vienna this week, she stated the brutal truth about our climate emergency in clear and precise language.

The school strikes for climate change that Thunberg precipitated are only one of the many civil disobedience campaigns that young women are leading around the world.

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Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg is known for initiating the movement of school strikes for climate last year, when she was 15.Photo by European Parliament via FlickrCC BY 2.0. 

Women Deliver Conference (June 3 to 6) in Vancouver is the largest conference in the world that focuses on gender equality and the health, rights and well being of girls and women. Held every three years in different cities around the globe, the 2019 Conference will host 6,000 delegates, panelists and invited speakers, all addressing issues that directly impact women. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, Tarana Burke and Melinda Gates are among the most high-profile speakers, but the list of attendees is remarkable. Everyone from the UN’s Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights to the president of Ethiopia will be in attendance. MORE