Movement Maker Scheherazade Tillet Helps Chicago Organizations Celebrate International Women's Day
The YWCA Evanston/North Shore, Northwestern University Women’s Center and The Woman’s Club of Evanston invited Scheherazade Tillet to be the keynote speaker for their 2014 International Women’s Day celebration. The theme for this year’s observance of International Women’s Day was “Equality for Women is Progress for All.”
Scheherazade focused on three core strategies to increase awareness and social action to end violence against girls and women: (1) the integration of art, culture, and policy; (2) the value and increased visibility of adolescent girls as leaders with the movement; and (3) the need to center those most marginalized and vulnerable in the United States, especially girls and women who live at the intersections of social and political violence, such as Marissa Alexander, an African American mother who could face up to 60 years in prison for firing a warning shot to protect herself and her children from her physically abusive ex-husband.
Scheherazade also highlighted her experiences with art and activism and the “last girl” as the key to social justice from her trip to India through the NoVo Foundation’s program Move to End Violence. Her keynote ended with the voices of the girls themselves, with a special dance and poetry performance by Girl/Friends youth leaders: Larrinita Starks, Diamond Williams, and Kayla Washington.
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