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May 2017 Entry

WHOAMAN – a way to promote girl safety

Suzanne Cornwell
La Vergne · TN
What is your cause and how will it make the world kinder?

We are planning to spread the word about abuse directed at women and girls in our society as well as gender inequalities in the workplace. We will be showcasing this cause at the National Beta Club Convention this summer by training approximately 15,000 middle and high school students from across the country to recognize the differences in healthy and unhealthy relationships while dating, so that they can then in turn train their own schools in their home communities. We are also hoping to change the perspective of gender inequalities in the workplace by lobbying with our state senators to address the wage gap for women.

How will you use the $10k?

If we are chosen to receive the grant money, we would be able to take more students to convention so that they could also help us reach more students while there and share our cause. (The cost for one student to attend the convention is over $600.) The more students we can get involved, the faster we can spread this message and help prevent some of these abuses. We will also be able to promote our cause by creating and distributing brochures and materials to businesses for distribution who work with teenagers throughout the year.

What impact do you hope to make?

We hope that by showing the differences in a healthy vs unhealthy relationship we can reduce the abuse stats that indicate 1 of 3 women will suffer abuse (whether physical or sexual) in their lifetime with 50% of those assaults occurring before the age of 18 and to see that women are viewed in equality with the men they work alongside of. When we learn to treat others with respect we make the world such a better place.

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WHOAMAN – a way to promote girl safety
WHOAMAN – a way to promote girl safety
WHOAMAN – a way to promote girl safety
WHOAMAN – a way to promote girl safety

The National Beta Club Convention will be our starting point this summer. We will share with those students while creating the documentary that will become our lightening rod to change a culture that has promoted disrespect and the devaluing of women and girls in our society. We would like to plan for each school and various film festivals to be able to utilize this program as they return to their next school year.

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