Worldwide, youth are calling for a change in the systems that continue to fail us. We have seen the resurgence of white supremacy, state sanctioned violence on minorities and protestors, the devastating effects of the climate catastrophe, and economic inequality. The Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated the effects of these crises and continues to be felt by the most marginalized today.
One of those systems is -
Patriarchy [ pey-tree-ahr-kee ]:
In October 2018, in the wake of the #MeToo movement and a wave of victim-survivors stepping forward, V (formerly Eve Ensler) of V-Day and One Billion Rising and Tony Porter of A Call to Men organized a meeting in New York City, gathering twenty anti-violence activists from across the United States. The group was diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual identity, class, age and geographical location. Those gathered set out to discuss an intersectional vision for a collaborative project that would help shift culture and directly impact how we, as a community, engage and interact with one another. The group unanimously agreed that some of the best solutions to combat gender-based violence rested with young people. And so, the Dismantle Patriarchy contest was born.
A contest challenging college students, ages 22 and under, to envision how they might change the larger societal system of patriarchy to create an accepting society through visual art, music, essay, story, poetry, video or photography. Submissions can be in the form of essay, poetry, music, art, photography, film, and more.
Enter the Dismantle Patriarchy Contest to address how patriarchy impacts your life, your community, the world. How might we dismantle – take apart, break into pieces, deconstruct – patriarchy? What would it take? How would YOU do it? www.dismantlepatriarchy.org