What is the power of voice?

Speaker:

Shannon Galpin

Founder of Mountain2Mountain
WikiStage Empow'Her
Event:

WikiStage Empow'Her

Paris, France. 2015

Who are we? Empow'Her is a French public interest organization, founded in 2011,...

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"I am a mother, I am an activist, I am an author, an adventurer, I'm the founder of a non profit. I am a feminist and I am a victim of gender violence. And, more importantly, I am a voice. I am one of over 7 billions voices in the world and having a voice means using it."

"Many consider that I'm a feminist because I'm a woman. And of course, I want for myself the right to vote, the right for equal pay, the ability to have my own decisions about my body and my future but I don't think it's radical to say that I want the same freedoms as men and that my gender shouldn't have nothing to do with it."

"I believe that women's right it's a human's rights issue and it does involve men, that does involve the global community stepping up and taking a look at gender equity and gender violence as a real issue that affects everyone."

"I can feel the apathy that prevents change and action and yet through that apathy and through the outrage that nothing was changing, I wondered why wasn't everyone doing anything about it... (...) and I realized that 'Yea, I am someone'. Individual action does matter. Because in the face of these issues - gender equity, genocide, the environment, sex trafficking - these issues are not gonna be solved by governments and multinational corporations or the would have been solved. These issues are going to change with individual action and individual voices insisting upon change amongst the structures that are there to create change"