Commited to innovative leadership and institutional change
My name is Kylila (Ka-lee-la) which means beloved. I am one who loves, or at least tries to. I have had many titles, Poet, Photographer, Videographer, Writer, Cadet, Private, Athlete, Leader, Director, etc. I have learned that the greatest successes are born from the most tremendous trials. Everyone has beauty in their life story.
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What is StartingBloc? It is a Fellowship for Change Leaders.
To find out more about it please visit their site.
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"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. "-Alice Walker
Rape is not a result of sexual desire. Rape is used as a tool to dehumanize, to cause one to submit, and to give the attacker a sense of superiority and power over the victim. Rape is also used as a tool to silence, through shame and guilt.
During the genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994, an estimated 800,000 people lost their lives and an estimated 250,000-500,000 women were raped during this three month massacre.
Survivors , activists, and lawyers knew the power that existed in their voices. They refused to give that power away. These Change Makers decided to no longer be manipulated by rapists, so they took their attackers to court.
When women speak, culture changes.
When women speak, nations improve.
When women speak, dignity is restored.
In 1997 , for the first time ever, rape was successfully prosecuted as a war crime and an act of genocide. This decision to prosecute rape as a war crime, advanced the "world's legal treatment of rape and sexual violence," as reported by the New York Times and provided the first international definition of rape as "a physical invasion of a sexual nature, committed on a person under circumstances which are coercive."
"The Uncondemned" is a film that documents this historic journey. It has gained global support, and has started many necessary conversations among those who have the power to change culture.
You have the power to change culture. If you don't know how, you can start by speaking, by becoming educated, and by giving charitably to the causes that you care about.
You also have the chance to become part of our global movement to end rape culture. We definitely need your help to accomplish such a great feat. Any success that is lasting and pure is accomplished as a collective.
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Another great workshop was taught by Benjamin Patton, the grandson of General George S. Patton. Having earned a degree in Developmental Psychology, he has dedicated his life to helping veterans heal, express, and find community through the art of film making. His workshop was a mini version of the four day camps that he runs at various military bases. We, a group of strangers, were given the task to create a short film that communicates an emotion or character trait. In less than 4 hours, we were able to successfully complete this task, learn new skills and gain new friends. More information on his work and research can be found at iwastherefilms.org/
I am forever grateful for this opportunity to attend this awesome and inspiring event. There were times where I was almost brought to tears ( shhhh.... don't tell anyone :-) ) due to the overwhelming passion that was felt for helping and healing. I get so motivated when I meet people who have overcome tremendous pain, to add a bit more beauty to the world. The brightest lights shine in darkness. It is even better to be among a thriving community of people who have chosen to shine their lights in order to facilitate a space that nurtures those who have given so much. We are only as great as the lives that we are able to touch. I thank this experience for that reminder. #SelflessService