This Sunday marks International Women's Day; a global celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Here at Parents we are constantly celebrating the women in our lives—our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, and daughters.
This year, Facebook is celebrating right along with us, highlighting 12 inspiring women around the world who use the social media platform to empower, motivate, and help people who relate to their stories.
Two of these women are Annie Clark and Andrea Pino, the cofounders of End Rape on Campus. Back in 2009, Clark created a blind reporting comment box system at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill so sexual assault survivors, like herself, had a way to speak out. Three years later, Pino used that very comment box.
Today, their organization provides free and confidential resources to survivors of sexual assault and their parents; helping them understand their rights, file complaints, and understand that they are not alone. Secondary survivors, the parents and friends of the survivor, can file complaints on behalf of the person harmed. End Rape on Campus will help with these complaints with the consent of the survivor. Read about the other 11 amazing women featured on Facebook for their work to help others.
Want to get involved on International Women's Day? The Avon Foundation for women is launching a campaign called Speak Out to inform everyone how to recognize and respond to the signs of domestic violence and sexual assault. Join the movement this weekend by following and sharing information through the hashtag #SpeakOut.
Melissa Bykofsky is the associate articles editor at Parents who covers millennial trends and pop-culture. Follow her on Twitter @mbykofsky.
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