“Young women have a lot of power to affect their neighborhoods for the better.” Nathania, 16, Sisters in Strength Participant
Sisters in Strength (SIS) is a 2-year youth organizing program for 15 young women of color, entering 10th or 11th grade. Programming is shaped both by the unique needs and interests of the SIS youth organizers, and by Girls for Gender Equity’s (GGE) vision, mission, and goals. SIS does community organizing around gender-based violence and confronts the multiple layers of individual and institutional discrimination that threaten the safety of girls and women.
Sisters in Strength appereance in the ANITA Documentary!
Sisters in Strength appeared in a short but powerful segment of, Anita!, Freida Mock’s stirring, articulate documentary about Anita Hill’s brave testimony against Clarence Thomas and sexual harassment in the workplace. In January, several Sisters traveled to the film’s opening at Sundance Film Festival with GGE Executive Director Joanne Smith and Community Organizer Nefertiti Martin, and to the NYC premiere at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater on June 14, where, in front of over 200 people, feminist icon Anita Hill praised GGE’s youth leaders, saying that her legacy was safe, and the future of the women’s movement was in good hands with these young women.
One Billion Rising
In commemoration of One Billion Rising, V-Day’s global movement to end violence against women and girls, on February 14, 2013, Girls for Gender Equity in partnership with the YWCA and viBe Theater Experience, hosted One Billion Rising- an intergenerational call to action.
We invited folks from all over to:
- STRIKE: Learn about the Violence Against Women Act and what we can all do to make sure this act gets reinstated to protect victims of violence that are most vulnerable and unprotected and whose rights are being threatened in our current law.
- DANCE: Everyone had the opportunity to learn the “Break the Chains” choreography which was the signature dance of One Billion Rising taught by Sisters In Strength Youth Organizers.
- RISE: Youth and adults paired up at our “Why I’m Rising” video/photo booth to tell the community why they are rising to end violence against girls and women.