Building Power: Young Women’s Advisory Council

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The Young Women’s Initiative is an intergenerational, participatory governance process led by City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, to center the needs and voices of cis and trans young women and gender nonconforming young people of color ages 12-24. Click here for the executive summary of the Young Women's Initiative. And to get the full report, please fill out this survey.  Below are the slides from our October 18 webinar #BuildingPower. Integral to the success of YWI is the Young Women’s Advisory Council.  Cis and trans women and girls of ...

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Young Women’s Advisory Council

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Too often, when we talk about issues facing girls, the discussion is limited. The conversation fails to recognize that many girls encounter unique challenges and must deal with systems that are rooted in racism, sexism, and structural poverty—the un-level playing field that creates and maintains poverty for people in certain circumstances. These challenges and barriers can lead to strikingly different outcomes from girls without these barriers that have long-lasting effects on communities of color and the success of women in general. By listening to the stories of ...

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WOMENS eNEWS: Young Women of Color Break the Silence. Now What?

By Joanne N. Smith NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--The pain of the grand jury's decision last week to not charge Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., was just compounded by what happened here in New York. Another grand jury decided on Dec. 3 to not bring criminal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, a police officer who used a chokehold to restrain Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died after the confrontation. These incidents are tipping points for community organizations such as ours, Girls for Gender Equity. We have led ...

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Day of the Girl: Nakisha Lewis Discuss Gender Equality on BRIC

Nakisha Lewis (Girls for Gender Equity), Karla Schickele (Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls), and Gena C. Jefferson (JAIA Youth Empowerment) discuss gender equality in honor of Day of the Girl to raise awareness for issues for young females. A long time advocate for race and gender justice, Nakisha has spent the last decade supporting youth and parent grassroots organizing across movements. As the former Program Manager at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, she managed the state-based Opportunity to Learn Campaign in Massachusetts and established the foundation...

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Breaking Silence Town Hall Report Back – Call to Action

The day was called to order with spoken word by Zaira James and Crystal Valentine from Urban Word NYC. Joanne Smith welcomed over 350 attendees, setting the intention for our community to listen actively, lovingly and maintain a safe space for the young women prepared to generously share their personal stories while living unapologetically in all gender experience and truths. Public Advocate Letitia "Tish" James shared why it was important for her to bring Dasani to her Inauguration and show girls of color that they are not invisible… For more on the ...

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Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell: GGE’s Nefertiti Martin Discusses Street Harassment

Girls for Gender Equity's Community Organizer, Nefertiti Martin, is featured on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell discussing how often street harassment happens and what can be done about it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH7b4QCPuXc&feature=youtu.be&t=52s In this episode, in response to women being harassed on the streets of NYC, Kamau tries something different-- treating them with respect. He also provides tips for men who want to make a change.

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Sasha and Malia Obama as Role Models: GGE’s Emily Carpenter on Melissa Harris-Perry Show

Emily Carpenter, of Girls Against Gender Equity, joins Melissa Harris-Perry to talk about what an Obama second term means to her, particularly as the president’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, grow up in the White House.

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Girls for Gender Equity’s Impact On Young Women: Emily Carpenter Speaks on Melissa Harris-Perry’s MSNBC Show

On November 24, 2012 GGE Youth Organizer Emily Carpenter was featured on the Melissa Harris Perry Show with Rochelle Ballantyne, soon to be the worlds first black, female chess master, to share her view on opportunities through after-school programs and how being involved in GGE has shaped who she is today as well as her aspirations for the future.

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Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School

Girls for Gender Equity is recognized as one of the promising practices for preventing sexual harassment at schools in Crossing the Line, and Hey, Shorty! is lauded as a resource. Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School is a newly released report from the American Association of University Women that presents the most comprehensive, nationwide research to date on sexual harassment in grades 7-12. It reveals sobering statistics about the prevalence of sexual harassment and the negative impact it has on students’ education and concludes with concrete recommenda...

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Colorlines: How Can We Help Kids Define What Is and Isn’t Healthy Sexuality?

Colorlines’ Akiba Solomon interviewed Hey, Shorty! co-author Joanne Smith and Girls for Gender Equity community organizer Nefertiti Martin on how to define positive sexuality for today’s youth. I had one of my first major lessons about gender and power dynamics in third grade playing Catch a Girl, Freak a Girl during recess at Henry C. Lea School in West Philadelphia. In our version of the game, which is known in other regions as Hide and Go Get It and—alarmingly—Rape, the boys would chase girls around tag-style. If a girl got caught, her captor would ...

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