My Story as a Peacemaker: Jasmine Babers
Hi, my name is Jasmine Babers, I’m 20 years old, and I’m from Rock Island, Illinois. When I’m not peacemaking, I am a college student, I go to UIC, I love to volunteer, I love to listen to Beyonce, I love to watch movies. Dream Girls is my favorite because of Beyonce, and I love to listen to audio book.
I love Beyonce because she’s all for women empowerment, she’s really, really talented, she’s a great live performer, and...I don’t know...she’s just a good role model.
So, the injustice that I’m fighting is the lack of woman empowerment. This issue is really important to me because, being a girl, being a teenager when I started the magazine, and being surrounded by teenagers. My sister was a teenager at the time. I really was just immersed in what it was like to go through the struggles that girls face every single day with bullying, with body image.
So my solution was Love Girls Magazine. I started Love Girls when I was 15 years old; it kind of came about when I was taking a graphic design class, and I really, really loved it, and at the same time I wanted to have a women empowerment organization.
So, when I started the magazine, I really found support in my community. So, when we started it was 10 pages, and it just grew, and grew, and grew....and now we’re 40 pages and we’re printing way more copies, and it’s exciting.
When starting the magazine, some things that I have really taken away from the project is that “it’s OK to ask for help”, “it’s also OK not to know how to do everything”. I really have learned to play to my strengths, and not focus so much on what I’m not good at, and really just keep working on those things that I excel at.