Native American women experience the highest rate of violence of any group in the United States. 75% will experience some type of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Teenage Native American girls are twice as likely to be victims of physical and sexual abuse than the general population. Help 3 Generations record and share the stories of courageous Native American survivors, raise awareness of the rampant physical and sexual violence against them and demand change.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
When we talk about the suffering of Native Women today it is of those whose lives ended before they could begin, girls who have lost their childhoods to abuse, girls whose eyes have seen unspeakable horrors. Generations of young girls who have been told to keep their mouths shut or else. Girls whose life stories have previously been told only in criminal records and obituaries. The challenge is for us to recognize this is a huge on-going human rights crisis and to find and provide hope.
How will this project solve this problem?
We have been listening to and recording Native women for the last 2 years. We use professionally produced, thoughtful, short films, & videos to raise public awareness & encourage focused action. Our first, award-winning film, Lost Hope, has been shown at the UN and at film festivals in the USA and overseas. We partner with organizations doing effective direct service or advocacy work to develop content & draw attention to this human rights crisis and their work to end the cycle of suffering.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our strategy creates national impact and supports long-term change within Native communities. We have advocated for strong national & local policies & laws to end trafficking of Native American girls and all girls across the nation. In addition we have focused on the broader issues of generational trauma and gender-based violence against Native women to draw attention to their particular needs, with an emphasis on using their voices to point to solutions that work for their communities.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,504
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $18,496
Total Funding Goal: $20,000