YEA Campers Making a Difference for Women

International Women’s Day, March 8, is a day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Violence against women and girls continues to be one of the world’s most widespread human rights violations and is a result of deeply embedded cultural values, social attitudes and unequal power relations, which both lead to violence against women and girls and are even used to condone it.

We have seen this in the U.S. recently with inflamatory and offensive rhetoric from Rush Limbaugh and a Congressional hearing about birth control on Capitol Hill with an all-male panel of witnesses.

Fortunately, there are many people out there speaking up and doing something about this problem. The campaign to get Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers to pull their money from his show has been hugely successful. To date, 100 advertisers have asked that their ads not run during Limbaugh’s show.

The backlash against the all-male Congressional hearing was equally swift and devastating, with over 5000 shares of the photo of the panel in the first hour of its being released.

Two of YEA’s campers have been out there making a difference for women as well. Deborah, who we profiled a few weeks ago, was interviewed on KBOO Radio for International Women’s Day and spoke about her commitment to Planned Parenthood and reproductive health rights! She did an amazing job on the interview and reached thousands of people about her issue.


Tegan, another YEA Camper, has been educating her school and classmates about sexual exploitation of girls in our community in Portland, OR. Sex trafficking of minor girls is a hidden and growing problem that Tegan has been working to raise awareness about through her work with SARC (Sexual Assault Resource Center) and Stop Child Trafficking Now. Her 20 minute presentation has been given to many of the classes at her school and she hopes to give the presentation to others in the community.

It is clear that we have a long way to go before women around the world achieve equal standing with men, and it’s inspiring to see young women standing up to these injustices!