#BeTheChange

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young

The video shown here was produced by students in a Feminist Theory class in the Language department of University of Jordan, where sexual abuse is closer to what it is in Tunis than what it is in Palestine. These girls gathered together and as a school project, wrote out common phrases called out to them while they walked around campus or their feelings associated with it.

And equally as important as the women who stood up and made this video is the response of the university administration, which, dishearteningly, was to demote the professor who taught the class from Dean of the Language Department because of fears that the video provides negative publicity about the university as a whole. As societies, the best we can do is stand up against harassment and encourage, not discourage, others to do the same. Change is happening– this video is proof that women here and around the world expect better.

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