Young Women’s Advisory Council

GGE-Building Power
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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GGE’s Executive Director, Joanne Smith Named one of NY’s New Abolitionists!

When people think of abolitionist leaders in New York State, names of 19th century icons like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth Cady Stanton come to mind. But New York state has a new generation of 21st century abolitionists- women and men committed to ending human trafficking- here in New York and everywhere. Sanctuary for Families has led the charge in celebrating New York's leadership in the fight to end human trafficking. On May 23rd, Joanne Smith, Founder & Executive Director of GGE, joined Gloria Steinem, Dorchen Leidholdt, Jimmie Briggs, Ted Bunch ...

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GGE Rising on V-Day!

On the commercial holiday of Valentine’s Day, GGE took on V-Day’s One Billion Rising campaign to take part in a global movement to end violence against women and girls. We hosted a One Billion Rising event in order to provide a space and opportunity for folks to come together to STRIKE, DANCE and RISE. The event exceeded our highest expectations and deeply impacted all of our guests! People from all over the city attended and our audience included an intergenerational component, showing us that you are never too young to rise. Our evening began with STRIKE, where ...

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