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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‘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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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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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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