Girls Build- LA at Simon Tech aims to provide safe spaces and resources for women to speak out about harassment and abuse towards them. Through a survey study and interviews we aim to figure out how many women in our community have been affected by any type of physical or emotional abuse. From the surveys and interviews we will pull out statistics to show during our school and our Spring Into Action event. Through awareness and education we strive to help eradicate violence towards any women in any form.
During the school year of 2015-2016 the Social Justice Club and Girls Build LA had a project similar to the one we have this school year. They focused on Domestic Violence, they found that many students and parents in the community were not aware of the signs when talking about domestic violence, it brought a new found awareness of what it was and how to seek resources for the victims. Most of the students who were part of that organization graduated, through informal conversations and observations we found that there is a huge need in focusing on violence against women this year. After the #metoo movement and Kavanaugh hearing it is extremely important to continue address this issue. With those two movements we wanted to focus on the narratives of women survivors. We understand that statistics are important and they showcase the importance of advocating for this issue however the voices of the strong women that have overcome those hardships are important, they need to be to at forefront of the national dialogue. The focus of Girls Build LA is to bring awareness about an issue that affects our community of Watts. This year we are focusing on breaking the silence; exposing the ongoing violence against women of color in our communities that often go unreported and unheard. We want to create a safe space to begin a dialogue that addresses this issue and that allows survivors to share their stories and receive professional support.