Updates on the 2013 Mongolian Women’s Project for Change:
We have finished the first phase of our project which was running trainings, organizing movie- talks and creating documentary film “Women’s portrayal in Mongolian media”. The first phase overall was successful and challenging, we think we identified our stakeholders and allies correctly. The next thing we are going to do is involve young women who are passionate about this in the coming project “A Beautiful Body” where we shoot photos with different body shapes and ages. It aims to open the blind eyes of people that people are unique and beautiful the way they are, give confidence and understanding beauty is not measured only by being young, thin, sexy etc and we are going to run exhibition for 7-10 days and organize different events, for example one day is screening of the movie Miss Representation, next day is perform one or two monologues of Eve Ensler “A Beautiful Body” and “Vagina Monologues”, invite journalists, press conference and media creators, film studios, marketing agencies, etc. The most rewarding part of the project is the feedback from young women, they do agree that they never saw, perceived from the angle that we tried them to see. Most of them do agree that some actions need to be done to create awareness of both women and men, girls and boys to perceive critically the information, media that surround them. Also, we have over 8,600 views of our short documentary film on YouTube!
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19V-RrTa2LY
“This trip has taught me two basic things, one is patience and the other is consistency in action. The trip was tough trip and very physically demanding. I had to be persistent and patient to reach the top.” “That KU experience and the time I spent in the States among different types of women had a great influence on myself and the way I look at life at some aspects, especially teamwork challenges and adaptation to a whole new environment.” “We were hiking for seven hours a day, everyday as we got closer to the summit. It got harder because of the change in altitude. In our final hike before reaching the summit, we hiked for 15 hours at a stretch. It was physically and mentally challenging,”
We are very excited for our five, excellent women from Kansas. Learn more about them below.
My name is Brittany Bange and I am a junior at Fort Hays State University studying graphic design and painting. In high school, at Colby, Kansas, I was lucky to have several leadership opportunities. I was National Honor Society President, Young Humanitarians Founder and President, Student Council Vice President, and C-Club Vice President. I graduated valedictorian of my class and realized, after it was all over, that my favorite thing about being a leader was the opportunity to be an example or inspiration. My leadership roles have not stopped in college and I have had the opportunity to travel abroad with Fort Hay’s leadership program. Along with my study abroad experience I have traveled to nine other countries outside of the US. I am eager to bring my travel experiences, my passion for people, and my hard work to KWLI. Ideally, I will be able to address our state’s foster care program and bring awareness to the human trafficking problem in our state. I plan on not stopping until I have made a difference in either of these areas. I am eager to build life long relationships through this program and to become the best leader I can be for our state. Thank you, KWLI, for the opportunity.
Miranda BenedictMy name is Miranda Benedict and I was born, raised, and reside in Garden City, KS. I am currently a sophomore at Garden City Community College majoring in Business, with the intent to transfer and obtain my undergad in International Business. I am currently employed by the City of Garden City as an Administrative Assistant for the Garden City Regional Airport.
By participating in the KWLI, I would like to gain the resources and knowledge to empower the women in my community, as well as the young women in my family. I’m confident that this experience will enhance my academic and professional career in many ways!
Allyson BriggsI am a junior at the University of Kansas from Ottawa, Kansas. I am majoring in biochemistry. I am active in the KU Marching Band, Alternative Breaks program, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, and identify as a non-traditional student. I am particularly excited to learn from the experiences of other women participating in KWLI in order to more effectively face the problems challenging my own community. Specifically, I hope to learn more about medicine in rural areas as I continue to pursue a career in family medicine. I hope to gain the tools necessary to address the medical services available to women in Franklin County.
BreShawna BriggsI am excited to attend the KWLI! Originally from Wamego Kansas, I am currently attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence as a first-year student. I am pursuing degrees in East Asian Languages & Cultures and Accounting with a concentration in International Business. I also plans to minor in Applied Behavioral Science with a specialty in Organizational Behavior. Outside the classroom, I love being involved in my organizations for which I have the honor of serving in five leadership positions. I look forward to all the opportunities the KWLI offers. I am especially eager to further develop my leadership abilities in the hopes of improving my performance in leadership roles. Additionally, I am excited to have the opportunity to network with the international students that will also be attending.
Alyssa ReedHello Everyone! My name is Alyssa Reed. I am from Hays, Kansas and am currently a sophomore at Fort Hays State University. I am majoring in Speech Language Pathology and minoring in Spanish. My goal from earning this major and minor is to work with people of other cultures and help them with accent modification. From participating in the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute I would like to develop my leadership skills to be able to make a difference with people of other cultures, and in particular, women. This program will also give me international connections that will allow me to have relationships with people of all different cultures, ethnicities, traditions and religious backgrounds. In all, this program will give me skills to create a positive change in my community and around the world. I am really looking forward having a roommate from another country!