Harta was founded in April 2017, after a group of women talked about how toxic and harmful the magazines for teenagers were, as well as the continuous underestimation of the intelligence of young women in magazines specifically addressed to them. So, the group members set out to create an alternative that, through a feminist perspective, will form an empowering and challenging medium of communication, which will encourage adolescents to question and take care of themselves, maintain healthy relationships and consume entertainment that does not promote beauty standards or normalize violence through patriarchal romantic love. The group members are young women who decided to create a space to accompany girls and teenagers in the process of growing up and knowing about women in a world that often restricts their freedoms. Through Harta, they want to train girls and adolescents in their rights, so that they grow up to be free, safe and independent women.
In the six months since Harta came to light, they have approached different educational centers and chatted with children and adolescents about different topics. Spaces tend to become spaces for containment and learning, both for those who have already had an approach to feminism and for those who had never questioned the functioning of the patriarchal system in which they live. Going out of the digital medium and getting closer to girls and teenagers has been a way of learning and constant satisfaction for the group. They consider the reception they have received so far as their greatest success. “The trust of different institutions (educational, governmental or others like FRIDA) in our work and the change we can achieve, the messages of support from adult women that tell us how Harta could have changed their life if it had existed in their youth, as well as the comments of the same teenagers in the workshops we conducted and the networks of the magazine…have all been inspirational!,” they say.