Author Archives: YWAT

About YWAT

The YWAT is a youth-led, adult-supported social change project that empowers women to take action on issues that affect their lives (particularly issues of violence against girls and young women). The YWAT believes that girls and young women should be free from violence. We believe that through collective action, consciousness-raising, and organizing we can end violence against girls and young women.

Where Our Boys At? A Toolkit for Engaging Young Men as Allies to End Violence

In 2006, the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT) launched a campaign to engage young men as allies in addressing violence against girls. The YWAT, a youth-led and adult-supported social change project, conducted a participatory action research project that … Continue reading

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Saying Farewell…

When we launched the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team (YWAT) in the summer of 2003, we could not have imagined where we would be today. We launched the project with eight young women and over the years we have … Continue reading

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Walking Home

This is an experimental piece about women ritually facing street harassment as they walk home. Shot in Brooklyn and Philadelphia, it mixes 16mm film, video, poetry and music in an effort to honor and reclaim our voice, name and humanity … Continue reading

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Hollaback “I Got Your Back Campaign”

Hollaback!’s “I’ve got your back” Campaign from Emily May on Vimeo. Hollaback has been working with folks around the world to fight street harassment, and now we’re taking it to the next level. The “I’ve got your back” campaign provides … Continue reading

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March 20th is the International Day Against Street Harassment…

We at YWAT are very happy to hear that the recognition of street harassment as a harm to girls and women is picking up steam. When we launched our first “Day of Action” against street harassment in Chicago in 2006, … Continue reading

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Catcaller Form

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Announcing the Launch of Suspension Stories!

It has taken well over a year but we are pleased today to officially launch the Suspension StoriesWebsite. This initiative is a partnership between the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team and Project NIA. This youth-led participatory action research project … Continue reading

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Lillian Moderates a Panel about the School to Prison Pipeline

Youth Activists Challenge the School to Prison Pipeline from Mariame Kaba on Vimeo. Project NIA partnered with the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice at Roosevelt University to organize a panel of youth activists discussing the school to prison pipeline on … Continue reading

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YWAT Presented A Workshop at the UIC Youth Development Summit Today…

YWAT leadership core member Lillian Matanmi co-facilitated a workshop called “Droppin Science: How Adult Allies Can Support and Foster Youth-Led Participatory Research and Activism.” This interactive workshop introduced participants to the work of the Rogers Park Young Women’s Action Team … Continue reading

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Youth Leaders Challenge School Pushout

On Saturday October 16th, YWAT leadership core member Lillian Matanmi moderated a panel called “Youth Voices Challenge the School to Prison Pipeline.” She also presented information about the YWAT’s Suspension Stories Project. This event was part of the National Week … Continue reading

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