A Q&A with External Relation Intern Bailey
College: Loyola University Maryland
Graduation Year: May 2023
Major: Psychology, Minor African American Studies
- What sparks your interest in gender- based violence?
From a psychological perspective, gender-based violence can have serious and lost-lasting effects on the mental health and well-being of survivors as rates of gender-based violence disproportionately impact women of color. Research has shown that women of color, particularly Black and Indigenous women, are more likely to experience gender-based violence and less likely to have access to resources and support. Providing resources and support for victims of gender-based violence regardless of their identity is critical in helping them to heal and recover from their experiences. As a college student, there are not enough conversations around building healthy relationships and resources made readily available to younger victims. I find so much passion for advocacy-based work and am excited for the opportunity in working with BWJP as I can learn about the important work that goes on behind the scenes, supporting victims via policy and initiatives to continue to be a support system for those who may not have one.
- What are you looking forward to in this internship?
Working with organizations like the Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP) can be a valuable opportunity to learn about the various initiatives and strategies that are being implemented to support victims and prevent gender-based violence. This internship will allow for me to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges and issues involved, as well as potential solutions and best practices which is an effective response to gender-based violence happening at each level, locally, nationally, and globally. I am looking forward to connecting with a number of new people to hear about their experience in this work as we build to improve knowledge and resources throughout communities that are impacted by GBV.
- How can organizations help young people amplify their voices in the gender-based violence movement?
It is so important for organizations to uplift young people within the gender-based violence movement, which can take on many forms including:
- Encouraging and facilitating the participation of young people in decision-making processes related to gender-based violence prevention and response.
- Provide resources and support for young people to learn about and take preemptive steps to recognize what gender-based violence looks like.
- Advocate for policies and initiatives that prioritize the needs and perspectives of young people in the context of gender-based violence.