Spotlight!

We aim to highlight the amazing efforts, media, awesome stuff being done by girls around the world, and recognizing girls for who they are and what they mean to us! The Village Bloggurls understand the importance of support and praise because oftentimes, our voices and efforts are ignored and overlooked. We hope that this page inspires everyone to seek better representations of the things girls can do!!!


Vivian and Michelle:

Amanda Todd

Amanda Todd was 15 year old who committed suicide on October 10, 2012. She was being bullied by everyone excluding her family. It all started when she mysteriously met a guy online and forced her to flash. Eventually she caved and the pictures spread around the internet. They all mocked her and she became really depressed. She couldn’t take it anymore and she had very low self-esteem. She created a video about her life and the situation she was in. Hours later, she took her life. She’s inspiring to us because she showed us that words are more powerful than you think because it could cost someone’s life and really impact them. She also showed us that bullying is not okay and that you should never play around with someone’s feelings. Rest in peace Amanda Todd.

Emily, Kayla, Wendy, Maria:

Malala Yousafzai is a 17 year old Pakistani activist for girls education. Although she suffered a great hardship, she still stood up for what is right, the right for girls to have an education. This led to her being the youngest ever Nobel Peace Price Holder and writing the book that tells her story, “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot By the Taliban”. Malala has shown an early interest in the advocacy of girls’ education. She gave a talk in 2008 entitled “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?” Although Malala still faces opposition, she still stands strong with her views and is an inspiration to us all. You go, Malala!!

Vicki:

jjjjThis is Hannah Witton  and she is a youtuber. Her videos talk a lot about the things that we talk about in VBG. Some of her videos addresses and focuses on the issues girls and women face, and she also gives advice to girls (like sex-ed, relationships). Some of her videos that I really like and want to bring to light are: “Identity”, “Can women have armpit hair!?”, “Body Image and Body confidence”, “Do I look like a slut?”, and “How to be lady-like”.  These particular videos talks about society’s expectations on women and how we should look like, act like, be like—but she (Hannah) shuts them down. She tells us that we can identify and we choose to identify as whatever we want. Women can make their own choices whether to have armpit hair or not, and that gender roles don’t define who we are. I really recommend looking at those videos I mentioned more deeply and actually watching it because I can’t explain too well—there is a lot more to it. Her videos are very informative, and empowering. Click through the photo to learn more about her.

Jean:

21huEZ-NCecile Emeke is a Black British filmmaker based out of London. I came across her work on tumblr and what a gift it was! Emeke’s work centres the voices of African Diaspora, and in particular, she highlights the voices of women and their experiences in various parts of the world. In particular, she has a series called “Ackee and Saltfish” which follows two best friends as they find themselves in peculiar situations and hilarious arguments. What I love about that series is that it is intentional, and it does not come at the expense of anyone else. One thing we always emphasize in our VBG learning space, wherever it is, when we are making media is that it should be responsible and careful and uplifting. Cecile Emeke’s work is an example of that. I showed her entire series to the group during March Break, and I saw them laughing so much and relating so much to the ways in which the main characters interact. It reminded them of a true friendship and affirmed for them the possibilities of amazing, representative and thoughtful media they can find in places other than TV.

She also has a series called “Strolling” which highlights the voices of various Black British people as they speak deeply about narratives that are untold and experiences that are often not touched upon in great detail. She even created another version of this series called “Flâner” which creates space for Black French people to tell their stories

I am spotlighting Cecile Emeke’s work because it provides a direct challenge to the idea that groups of people are homogenous and therefore cannot have any kind if nuance when speaking about their own lives. It amplifies the voices of Black British people of the African Diaspora, voices that we don’t get to hear often. And, it provides a fresh lens through which we can understand storytelling.

Click through the picture for more of Cecile Emeke’s amazing work!

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