Academy of the Holy Angels Students' Presentation
Addressing the objectification of women
From Objectification to Dignity: Positive Media Representations of Women and Girls was the title of one of the hundreds of events that occurred during the meeting of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women these past two weeks.
The panelists for this event on March 18 included Tim Mawe, Ireland’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations; Leif Coorlim, an award-winning journalist and the executive editor of CNN’s Freedom Project; and four students from SSND-sponsored Academy of the Holy Angels (AHA) in Demarest, N.J.
Mr. Mawe spoke about the need to address the objectification of women by having women in leadership roles in the media. Mr. Coorlim shared segments of CCN’s Freedom Project and spoke of the network’s effort to raise public awareness about the issues of human trafficking, which have led to helping to free more than 1,000 people from this modern-day slavery.
Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND, (center) with Academy of the Holy Angels students Jasmine McGlashan and Julianna Perez at the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women.
Students' efforts to raise awareness
Jasmine McGlashan and Julianna Perez, two of the AHA students at the event, shared their efforts to raise awareness about human trafficking in New Jersey before the Super Bowl this past February. With students from AHA’s international studies, class, they had attended a workshop about human trafficking in New Jersey, which inspired their efforts, Jasmine said.
“My classmates and I decided to do a video to discuss the issue of human trafficking as we believed it was truly the easiest way to grasp the attention to viewers of all ages,” Jasmine said. “However, it was truly important for us to make sure that our generation of students would be able to fully understand the extent of this global issue, and we knew that we could do this by getting this video through a social media website like YouTube.”
Educating with YouTube
Each new view on YouTube means another individual has learned about the horrors of sex trafficking and become aware of the slaves of the modern world, Julianna said. She hopes that each viewer gains information, inspiration and the courage to speak out about sex trafficking and join the fight to stop it.
"In 1865, slavery was abolished in America," Julianna said. "It was stopped once, and we have the power to stop it again.But we must come together to fight. To fight for the slaves of today, to save the women, men, and children of tomorrow. I never intend to stop fighting for these innocent victims, and in college, I hope to inspire others to join the fight against modern day slavery."
You can see their video here:
By Sister Eileen Reilly, SSND