Females United for Action (FUFA) is a coalition of young women leaders that is dedicated to educate not only ourselves, but others as well, on issues that affect women and girls. We organize to bring attention to the issues and take action to address them. FUFA is formed by girls and young women from all over the city of Chicago, from all backgrounds & nationalities, ranging from 12 years of age & up.
This is our problem statement, which guides our work: FUFA is concerned about the way that women and girls are portrayed in the media. We feel that there are too many negative images of women and girls, and that these images are tied to sexual exploitation and violence against women. We understand that society creates the structure in which these forms of violence take place, and that the media has a large role in that process. We recognize that too many people accept media power and media images without challenging them, and that the media is not held responsible for its actions. FUFA has identified 3 issues in response: to create more positive images of women in the media; to educate the public about these problems, encouraging people to think & act about the media; and to make media more responsible for the images it puts out.
FUFA's work to take action around this problem statement has included:
-- A successful campaign to change the way a local radio station, La Ley 107.9, conducts its advertising;
-- The creation of a photo exhibit, Alternative Windows, which shows positive images of young men and women that we do not see reflected in mainstream media;
-- A partnership with a group of young men who take action with us to end violence against women;
-- Public events uniting hundreds of young people to learn about the issue and take action;
-- The promotion of press coverage around the issue, including local and national articles and TV coverage.