OUR MANIFESTO

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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


 
 

OLIVIA'S STORY


Of Our Own began life as ‘Rooms of Our Own’, a change.org petition intended to try to persuade my school that the names of rooms in our new building should be named after an equal number of men and women. The campaign generated support from all over the world and over 4,500 signatures. The rooms were not named equally in the end, but a lot of inspiring women were represented and the experience exposed a whole new issue with gender equality in education and in my generation. I have since moved schools due to the extreme negative reaction from the senior leadership team but I will continue to raise awareness of the wider problems that were highlighted by the responses to my campaign.

This is an edited version of my story – my experience has shown me how hard it is to stand up and be counted when it comes to feminism. I was labelled a ‘Feminazi’, shouted at in corridors, and trolled online. But I wasn’t alone, and neither are you. As Caitlin Moran once said to me, “It's hard to be a teenage feminist, man”.

 
It's me!

It's me!

ABOUT OLIVIA

I was born in the great city of Glasgow; lived in Cardiff for a few years, and am now living just half an hour away from London. I'm seventeen and battling my first year of A-Levels (English Lit, History and Philosophy!). I love film, musical theatre, travelling, and my dog.

I have been interviewed by journalists, taken part in the brilliant Guilty Feminist podcast and spoken on a panel at Stylist Live. If you would like to talk to me about the project please feel free to get in touch!

 

EMAIL: OLIVIA.OFOUROWN@GMAIL.COM

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