Wind River and Why We Need to Talk About it

Women are the oppressed gender on this planet and if you don't agree with this statement then maybe it is time you go and educate yourself a little bit. Almost every woman has experienced harassment in her life and witnessed her friends and sisters breakdown when recounting the tale of their harassment and abuse. There was a time when rights were only reserved for rich white women. Now that things are finally changing, it is our duty to make sure that no group of women gets left behind. 

Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, Wind River stars Jeremy Renner and Elisabeth Olsen. The film starts by Cory (played by Renner) discovering the body of an 18-year-old girl in the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Although the film is a murder mystery, the real focus in it is the tough living conditions in which Native American women live. 

After the film ends, a title card informs viewers that missing-persons statistics are kept for every other demographic group except for Native American Women, whose numbers remain unknown. Ever since I watched Wind River, I have not been able to get that piece of information out of my head. There are numerous stories of Native American Women getting sexually assaulted on reservations but nobody cares. Unless all of you want to? Together we can give a damn and play our part in changing the situation for women all around the globe. 

Before anyone says that there are enough group of women in Pakistan that deserves our attention, let me tell you this: we can fight for the rights of all women at the same time, there are no restrictions in a revolution. If we are to change the lives of women, then we must do it for all women or it won't be a true cause if it is selective.