March 08, 2019

We Are The Revolution | March4Women


"Now more than ever - as leaders of governments, as decision makers in business, and as citizens - we must ask ourselves a fundamental question: What kind of a world do we want to live in?" - J Walter Thompson Intelligence

Happy International Women Day! Today I wanted to share a bit of activism with you all and talk a bit about what I'm doing for my dissertation. Teenagers all over the world are coming together to protest against climate change, bringing the issue and urgency of it to mainstream media. Sixteen year old Greta Thunberg is right in the heat of it raising awareness around environmental issues coining the saying 'the house is on fire', meaning the time to act is now. As a 22 year old woman, it really makes me think that no matter what age you are, you can act on global issues and make a change in the world. Over the past few months I've met so many incredible people actively taking a part in their communities questioning the status quo. Last week I went to March4Women in London, organised by Care, and it was such a great experience. The positive energy that men and women brought together was incredible, it just filled you with this raging anger, making me want to go and change the world. Hearing from amazing speakers such as Helena Bonham Carter, Annie Lennox and my all time fave, Gina Martin, who passed the up-skirting law recently making it a criminal offence to take pictures up girls skirts. I'd highly recommend going to events like these even if it's just to learn more about a specific cause. For the Nottingham readers, there's a #YouthStrike4Climate protest in the square on the 15th March where I'll be going to find out more about sustainability and educate myself, hopefully I'll see some of you there.



Politics are affecting the youth so much these days that its almost impossible to not get involved and want to understand what is happening on our little island. As a Polish woman living in the UK, I definitely feel like I have this duty to understand what is happening politically because who knows, I might not even be allowed to live here once it's all over (which potentially is in a months time *starts hyperventilating*). This is coming from the woman that 3 years ago would have said "I'm not really into politics" and I guess I'm still no expert but I definitely feel like I'm more likely to read an article here and there. As part of my university project I am observing this rise of young activists wanting to do something to make the world a better place. After speaking to my friends and basically telling my dissertation idea to every soul I come across, I found that people my age are actually keen to learn and understand more about politics, but the platforms that currently exist for us show it in the driest format possible. There's nothing easy about it (not that politics is easy), but where we currently stand it's not engaging. On that note, it would be great if my 18-23 year old readers filled out my Generation Z survey asking some general questions about you. It's super quick and will be really helpful for my dissertation. I also have a concept testing survey (again, 18-23 year old please) telling you about my political magazine idea so please fill that out too if you have a few minutes. It's actually a really cool idea (no shame) so you'll have to just click on it to find out more!

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this topic and please feel free to get in touch if you're interested in participating in my research.

Thanks for reading,
Dom

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