Founded in 1974, the Women’s Center was established to:
Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Respect Yourself

What does that mean to you? What does it mean to those around you? Most importantly how much respect do you demand from others and what boundaries do you set for yourself to make people respect those boundaries and therefore respect you? 

Whether it is an romantic relationship, a friendship , or a relationship with your family members, it is essential for you to set standards for yourself, which will lead others to respect you and will allow others to know your meaning in life and what you are about.

In recent years, many young females are faced with the difficulty of receiving respect and/or putting out the message that respect themselves. With the misleading and derogatory images of women that are put out there due to the various media representation, young females are constantly fighting with the battle of respecting themselves and fitting in. We see in TV shows and movies that women are having problems getting the proper respect that they need and that they struggle with finding themselves and their worth. The scary part of this, is that it is not just in TV and Movies, females in our surrounding communities are facing these same battles. The questions is: Who is helping these young girls?

I am excited that tomorrow March 4, 2014, my organization will be hosting a respect yourself program with teenage girls from Paterson, NJ. It saddens me that most of them are pursuing relationships, but still lack the mentoring necessary to make the right decisions in life. I am hoping that this program will allow them to set standards for themselves and allow them to leave with a clearer mindset of what they want out of life and how they want others to treat them. I know that I can not help the entire female population, but I am hoping that I can start somewhere and impact as many lives as I can, and this program is the first step. 

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