I woke up this morning to these two news:
- A young women was burned alive in Rome by her ex-boyfriend while by-standers did not help or call the police
- Pakistani women are standing up against a new law proposition that would let men “lightly beat” their wives #TryBeatingMeLightly
There is sadly nothing new or shocking about these two headlines. It’s not like there isn’t similar news everyday.
Actually, just yesterday I read about a 16 year old girl shot dead by her boyfriend while she was babysitting her 3 year old niece.
It’s not like Middle Eastern women haven’t been under attack by government officials for years either.
I’ve heard horror stories of violence against women ever since I’ve been aware of the news.
I have also had actual women tell me their stories. The most poignant one coming from a medicated schizophrenic women flatly telling me how her ex-husband killed her children.
The point is, there is still a lot of work to do to get equality.
I was a feminist long before I became vegan.
As it goes for most social movements, they can be both mutually exclusive and not, depending on the person.
It sounds strange but it’s actually quite common.
I don’t remember who it was but some guy activist in the #Blacklivesmatter movement was arrested on charges of women trafficking and prostitution.
In a similar fashion, feminists are not typically vegan as well as vegans are not all feminists.
The root of oppression may look the same but its expression takes different forms.
We develop a particular attachment to a cause from our inherent disposition.I would even say depending on our possible gain from the advancement of said movement/cause.
Veganism is somewhat different in that sense. The direct benefit from adhering to its ethical principles is pretty elusive, especially to the general population.
I do believe however that we are slowly moving away from activism derived from the personal experience of oppression.
The latest generation, mainly those born in the late 90s and early 2000s, are quickly catching on to the need for activism on animal’s behalf. Young women, especially, are leaders in this new movement on social media.
I see more and more teenage girls raising awareness on Youtube and Instagram everyday.
Many people decry that today’s youth is mindlessly addicted to social media but I say that this very same “addiction” is the best thing that could ever happen.
Our generation has tools for reaching the masses in a way that is unprecedented.
While all you may see are young girls idolizing the likes of Kylie Jenner and other models, I see 14 year olds from all over the world posting about body positivity and the impact of animal agriculture on our planet.
There is still hope and it is in the hands of those that had no voice for most of this world’s history.
If you are a young women trying to change the world with social media, please get in touch. I will do one feature a week on my blog to celebrate you and raise awareness about the work still left to do.
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