Violence against women and girls is a pervasive global problem, often based in cultural stereotypes. Students at Champlain College's Emergent Media Center are in the process of creating a unique online soccer game, BREAKAWAY, that tackles the issues of gender equality, fair team play, and racial stereotypes, as part of the United Nations' UNiTE campaign to end poverty and violence.
Between 15% and 76% of women are targeted for physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime, and most of this cruelty takes place within intimate relationships. Violence against women is more detrimental than the obvious physical effects- it also contributes to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, unwanted pregnancies, and poverty, and results in long-term emotional and mental issues that have a significant impact on the global economy.
BREAKAWAY targets boys and young men between the ages of eight and fifteen by enabling them to identify and think critically about destructive stereotypes and shift their beliefs on gender issues to end violence against women.
Keep an eye out for BREAKAWAY, and tune in every week to learn more about current projects here at the EMC.
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