2019-2020 Programs Applications Now Open

GGE Programming: Soon To Be Back In Session! We hope you’ve all had a great summer! The new school year is just around the corner and so is GGE annual youth activist programming! GGE’s two most renowned programs, Sisters In Strength (SIS) and the Young Women’s Advisory Council (YWAC) have historically brought together young trans and cis girls of color and gender non-conforming youth of color all across New York City to incite social change in youth organizing, activism, and civic engagement in their communities and local-level government. Both programs have ...

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GGE Policy Manager Talks Police Sexual Violence With ThinkProgress

Andrea Ritchie is an attorney, organizer, and the author of Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color. Ritchie spoke with GGE Policy Manager Kylynn Grier on the way states are falling short in their efforts to tackle police sexual violence. Given the failure of many police departments to adequately investigate complaints of sexual violence by police officers, advocates are also calling for giving survivors of sexual violence by law enforcement officers the option of reporting to someone other than the police – whether it’s the ...

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Ebony Covers ‘me too.’ + GGE’s Forthcoming Social Platform.

After speaking with GGE Senior Director Tarana Burke at the 23rd Annual Champion Awards Gala, EBONY published an update on the work of the 'me too.' movement -- a forthcoming online platform for sexual violence survivors and anti-violence advocates to facilitate healing and collaboration. “Our platform is an extension of the work,” Tarana told EBONY. “Because #MeToo went viral, I think it’s important to work in reverse. Most people start online and then take it to the street. We actually started grassroots in communities. Now, we’re building an online ...

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The ‘me too.’ movement lives at Girls for Gender Equity: A Joint Letter

Dear Community, It is with tremendous pride and clear vision that we share with you that we are housing the future of the ‘me too.’ movement at Girls for Gender Equity(GGE), building on the legacy of over fifteen years of GGE’s work to end gender-based violence. This announcement was covered in an exclusive by Teen Vogue published on May 11 that we shared soon after. With your support over the last fifteen years (and counting!), GGE has centered the experiences of girls, young women, and LGBQAI/transgender/gender-nonconforming/non-binary youth of color, especi...

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A Look Into Our 15th Anniversary Gala

  “Dare to be uncomfortable. Dare to lead. Dare to be unbridled, brilliant, and loving.” -Alvin Starks, senior program officer at the Open Society Foundations and winner of our Liberated Gatekeeper award On April 12, 2018, we celebrated fifteen years (and three-quarters) of work to end gender-based violence in all its forms. When we gathered at the Brooklyn Historical Society for our 15th Anniversary Gala, the young people we know will lead and win the fight began our program with musical selections that reminded us that we can be brave and glorious. We then ...

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Press Release: GGE Applauds Civilian Complaint Review Board in Taking Steps Towards Addressing NYPD Sexual Misconduct

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FEBRUARY 20, 2018 CONTACT: mobilize@ggenyc.org or 718-857-1393 Civil Complaint Review Board Takes First Steps to Address NYPD Sexual Misconduct New York, NY - Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) applauds a pivotal first step taken by the Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) in adopting a resolution to immediately begin to investigate claims of NYPD sexual harassment and extortion and committing to create a city agency plan to begin addressing more serious forms of sexual misconduct. As an independent city agency authorized by the New York ...

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How do we get the #SchoolGirlsDeserve?: A Twitter Chat

Did you miss our #SchoolGirlsDeserve Twitter chat? We used Storify to capture some of the challenges and hopes that over thirty folks and sixteen organizations shared when asked we asked them what must happen to create schools that are safe, holistic and affirming for girls and TGNC youth of color. Girls for Gender Equity's Movement Building team will host a webinar on their report, The School Girls Deserve, on December 20. The School Girls Deserve Participatory Action Research Project and Policy Report not only explores the barriers to that idyllic school, but identif...

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‘Silence Breakers’ Like GGE’s Tarana Burke named TIME Person of the Year

This year, girls and women across the globe made the media confront the reality of sexual assault and harassment by telling their stories with the hashtag #MeToo. As the #MeToo movement gained momentum, our Senior Director, Tarana Burke, strove to ensure that women of color, transgender folks, and gender nonconforming folks across identities were not left behind. She’s quick to point out that American Indians are 2.5x more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than members of any other race, or that low-income women experience some of the highest rates of ...

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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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