sian-American women have become the most at risk ethnic group to experience suicide and domestic violence. CNN reports “model minority” expectations and family pressures for success as factors in leading Asian-American women to high rates of depression, starting as young as the fifth grade (read the article below). According to studies, family pressure often affects girls more than boys because cultural expectations limit the freedom of Asian women to go out with friends and do the kinds of things most teenagers growing up want to do. The American view on body image and success puts Asian American women at low self-esteem and a high pressure to achieve. Furthermore, one-sided communication from parents to children and fathers to wives create roadblocks for healing. Many Asian American families hold negative views towards counseling and therapy that hinder APIA women from seeking help.
Disparities affecting young women affect future mothers and ultimately future families. The progress of women necessitates contributions from both genders. Too often, men underestimate the importance of their involvement in empowering women, such as in efforts for lowering domestic violence. Educating both genders about the issues that women face will contribute towards breaking the downward trend in gender relations and strengthening a climb towards family relations.
ECAASU hopes to reach out towards more young high school and collegiate APIA women to dispel issues in self-esteem and family pressures, and to bridge role models for inspiration and empowerment. APIA college students of both genders will also become more aware of how to stop depression, verbal and physical violence from affecting our community.
ECAASU hopes to create long-term progress among APIA college students—the future of Asian American families. We strive to break destructive trends towards domestic violence and body image, to give APIAs the resources to be better future adults for leading successful and fulfilling lives.
Issues & Areas of Focus
Some AAPI women’s issues that ECAASU National hopes to tackle this year include, but are not limited to:
A. Outreach to Young Women—empower confidence, leadership, and community.
B. Confronting Domestic Violence—raising awareness of changes that both men and women can take
C. Addressing Health Concerns and Social Pressures—openly discussing mental health, parental conflicts, sex, and body image.
D. Push for Ratification of Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Legislations—such as CEDAW: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 186 countries have ratified the treaty, leaving seven: Sudan, Somalia, Iran, the United States, Nauru, Palau, and Tonga.
E. Collaborate with National Organizations— such as, but not limited to NAPAWF, APIAHF Institute on Domestic Violence, Sakhi, Aspire, and DVRP to bring expert speakers, create engaging workshops, and empower collegiate students to take greater action.
National Asian Pacific Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)—Research Issue Briefs and Factsheets on Reproductive Justice and Leadership Development
Aspire—APIA Women Leadership through: AA Women in Leadership Conference, Youth Leadership Program, and Outstanding Woman of the Year Award.
Asian/Pacific-Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project (DVRP)—Common Myths on Domestic Violence
APIA Institute on Domestic Violence—Research Factsheets and Statistics on Gender and Sexual Violence
CEDAW—Facts about CEDAW and global violence against women and girls
National Asian Women’s Health Organization—Resources for Mental & Reproductive Health and more.
Interesting Feminist Bloggers
News feeds that will keep you up with the latest Asian American media, and links to many more blogs
Want to Get Involved?
If are you interested in getting involved with AAPI women’s issues, please contact ECAASU National’s Advocacy Chair on Women’s Issues Dara Chen at firstname.lastname@example.org.