This is a Shakti Youth-led event featuring performances, an exhibition and a panel discussion of young people from Asian, Middle Eastern and African backgrounds who are all high school students. They are all involved in family violence prevention activities in their school and communities.
The #YouthToo Panel will be made up of youth from around Auckland and they will discuss issues around culture, identity and feminism. In light of the recent #MeToo movement there have been endless conversations around feminism, consent and gender-based violence, but very few have addressed these topics from a youth perspective.
At the #YouthToo Panel, the panelists will share their thoughts on feminism and consent and how it intersects with their cultures and identities.
Common conversations around feminism are usually centred around broad experiences such as sexual harassment at work, cat-calling or victim-blaming or pay equity.
But for some migrant and refugee background youth, these issues can look like not being allowed to go out with friends, being racially fetishised or being forced to marry someone.
This panel aims to address some of the different ways in which culture and identity interacts with feminist issues for youth living in Aotearoa.