Her Campus celebrates women empowerment

Maggie Giordano | Contributing Writer

Originally published April 2017

Women do great things. They conquer all aspects of life and empower other strong women while being successful. Her Campus at ODU brought YWCA and Generation Action to the Empowerment Celebration they hosted on Friday, April 21. The event occurred from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the South Mall of the Webb Center to celebrate women.

“With this month being sexual assault awareness month, there is a lot of information and stigma that is heavy and hard. We wanted to end the month celebrating women and everything they do,” junior and Her Campus Correspondent, Petra Rich, said.

YWCA is a non-profit and international organization in which their two main goals are eliminating racism and empowering women. They offer an unlimited amount of free counseling services to all ODU students any time. Their services include providing shelters for ladies that need a home and help, as well as accompanying women in hospitals and court for emotional support.

They provided pamphlets about sexual assault statistics and violence facts for veterans, gender-based cases and LQBTQ survivors. Facts and examples of challenges for domestic violence victims was provided that said, “1 in 4 women experiences some form of violence in her lifetime.” The organization encourages students to volunteer and offers internships. For more information, visit ywca-shr.org.

Generation Action is a partner of Planned Parenthood and works to educate students about safe sex and intersexuality, which is, “a general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t seem to fit the typical definitions of a male or female,” according to the Intersex Society of North America web page.

Generation Action is a student organization and recently launched this semester with the goals of spreading awareness of what consent is and the stories and statistics of abortion in the student community. They provided Planned Parenthood information flyers as well as Trojan condoms for students to practice safe sex. They encouraged students to reach out and spread awareness with the organization by going to orgsync.com or email genactodu@gmail.com.

“We are trying to get our current generation involved because if vaginas are unhappy, we are all unhappy,” sophomore and Generation Action Vice President, Sydney Johnson, said.

Her Campus students kept the event fun and colorful with a playlist of female empowerment songs including "Run the World" and "Single Ladies" by Beyoncé, "No Scrubs" by TLC and "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry. They included male singers in the playlist as well, such as OutKast, Jonas Brothers and Bruno Mars, to show that men are welcomed and appreciated too.

Her Campus is an online magazine mainly for college women, but is open to men as well. It has chapters in more than 340 campuses nationwide and chapters in 10 countries. Over 10,000 college journalists contribute to writing articles about style, beauty, health, love, life, career, entertainment, news, DIY, LGBTQ+, High School and after college.

Students were able to enter a two dollar raffle of a basket prize with deodorant, lipstick, a planner and more. 20 percent of proceeds will be donated to Help and Emergency Response, Inc. (H.E.R.) Shelter.

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