Read: Linking with Those at Standing Rock “I stand with the water protectors because I oppose a $3.7 billion project that supports a corporation at the expense of human beings. I stand with them as a white American who is interwoven in a system that exploits Natives for my gain – and I want that exploitation to stop.”
I stand in solidarity with the water protectors as a woman.
I don’t know most of the women water protectors. They are just images on Facebook, people I’ll never meet. Yet my Native friend and water protector, Sara, claims I know them all indirectly. “We’re all linked,” she assured me, “through the tragedy and triumph of womanhood.”
Ashley is an international scholar-practitioner who focuses on adolescent girls and young women. She has worked extensively with girls and women in conflict and low resource settings, married adolescents, life skills programs, gender-based violence and qualitative research. Ashley is the founding executive director of Enhance Worldwide and her article was published in Girls’ Globe.