Teenagers have joined forces to form the Teen Generation and are demanding a seat at the United Nations.
In the film “We Are the Teenage Generation”, the teenage boys have been seen as one of the first in the world to take action to fight against the atrocities of the colonial regime in their homeland of Brazil.
But now, after watching the documentary, they are turning their eyes to the world at large and demanding an international convention on the issue.
They claim that a new generation of youth has the power to create change and will make history.
They are calling for an international conference on human rights in the United States, which they say will lead to a new era of peace.
They say that if we want to make real change in the Americas, we need to start with our own generation.
“We need to be able to see the future,” says 17-year-old Adriana, who also goes by the nickname of Jules.
“The world is changing and we are seeing more and more people coming forward,” she says.
“Our generation is the future.
The future is now.”
The Teen Generation is a global movement that was formed in the 1980s by teenagers who took up a different path from the others.
It was formed by members of the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, who was looking into the situation of indigenous people in Brazil.
Jules is one of those people.
Her parents had no idea her daughter would become a feminist.
“When I was a kid, my mom and dad never talked about feminism,” she explains.
“I had a very liberal and progressive upbringing, but when I got to school I was very shy, I didn’t know what feminism was.”
And I didn, and that’s when I decided I wanted to be a feminist because I wanted something for myself and my kids.
“She went on to study social work at a university in Brazil and began to work for human trafficking victims in her home country.
But, in the beginning, she was not accepted by her parents and she would often leave home crying.”
My mom was very supportive,” she recalls.”
She was a big supporter of my activism, so when she got the news that I was going to university, she came to my parents and said, ‘I am so happy to have you as a feminist’ and she took me under her wing.
“After she got to university she started working as a sex worker, but her father wasn’t happy with the idea of a student who had become an activist.”
He said, “You will become a real prostitute,'” she recalls her father saying.
“And she was a very happy girl, she had a boyfriend and she was happy to leave home.”
Adriana has since worked with young women across the globe and is a co-founder of the Teen Feminism movement.
“For us, feminism is not just about a woman, it is about all of us.
It is about equality, it’s about love and peace,” she said.
Adriani, 17, is the only member of the group who was not raised as a girl and was raised in a patriarchal society.
She has seen the effects of racism and sexism.
“There are a lot of women that are not treated like women and that has an effect on women’s rights.
They are not accepted and that affects their rights,” she explained.”
It affects them in ways that are very different from a girl.”
What happened to me was a case of rape, but that wasn’t the only thing that happened to us.
I was also sexually assaulted and I was so afraid of what my parents would do to me.
“Being a woman doesn’t mean that you can’t be raped or that you are not safe.
Being a woman does mean that there are people who treat you differently.”
Adria was forced to leave her home at 17 years old, and she never came back.
“At that point I didnít know what to do, because I was scared,” she remembers.
“Then I met a girl who was just like me.
She was a refugee from the country and she wanted to go to the United Kingdom and be with me.
And that was the beginning of my journey.”
Her parents were very supportive and she came home one day and they took her back.
Jule has been involved in the Teen Feminist movement since its inception and was inspired by Adriani.
“In the beginning it was just me, but then my parents became more and even more supportive,” he said.
“They told me I would be a good model for the girls to follow, and I did.
I gave it my all, I took the initiative and I put my life on the line to fight.”
The documentary “We are the Teenaged Generation” will be screened in the UK at the Royal Shakespeare Company, London on April 11.