OF OUR OWN IS AN ONLINE PLATFORM ABOUT FEMINISM AND GENDER EQUALITY CREATED BY TEENS FOR TEENS. IT IS A SPACE FOR US TO SHARE OUR OPINIONS AND EXPERIENCES – TO LEAD A DISCUSSION OF OUR OWN. THIS IS OUR MANIFESTO:
1. Think about it
Knowledge is power. Teenagers that would like to know more about feminism* and gender equality can use Of Our Own to explore key issues through the eyes of their peers. Of Our Own aims to be a 'one stop shop' destination for teens starting to engage with feminism and gender equality.
2. Raise your voice
Feminism* is mostly discussed and debated by our elders, despite being a topic relevant to all age groups. Our aim is to engage other teens and for Of Our Own to be a strong, representative voice in the wider conversation around equality. By sharing our own stories our confidence increases, our resolve strengthens and our collective voice becomes more powerful.
3. Influence the influencers
Of Our Own also aims to become a valuable resource for the adults involved in our education and the decision-making that will influence our lives; a place where policy makers, teachers, and other influencers can see for themselves how our generation is responding to the continued fight for gender equality.
*For clarity, Of Our Own heeds the following definition of feminism:
“Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie