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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‘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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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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Campaigning for Educational Equity?

Girls for Gender Equity’s member, 19-year-old Natasha Adams, a student at the City University of New York and Michael Gellman, a graduate of Bronx Science High School, join Melissa Harris-Perry to discuss how young people are reacting to the negative campaigning of the 2012 election cycle. " [Campaign] issues I really want them to focus on is equity in education, definitely getting a woman moderator on the campaign, and focus on women's issues and job security for college students"   Natasha Adams, 19                              ...

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We Say the “F” Word!

Girls for Gender Equity's youth organizer, 17-year-old Emily Carpenter, gave voice to teens and women throughout the nation in a recent roundtable discussion on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Carpenter and Harris-Perry discussed the educational, reproductive justice and political opportunities available to women today and the role young women can play in shaping national debate and encouraging others to listen to the opinions of young women. Joined by University of Pennsylvania professor Salamisha Tillet, Leslie Cardona of Young Women Creating Change, and Julie ...

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Bring Your Brother Day Workshop on Street Harassment

“Bring Your Brother Day” was a day of conversation, connection and consciousness-raising in a fun and safe space. In honor of International Anti-Street Harassment Week, Youth Organizers at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) invited male friends and family members to discuss gender equality and stopping street harassment. The 3 hour workshop explored what gender roles and stereotypes are and how they impact the lives of young people. The group was engaged and thoughtful, and the youth organizers facilitated many fun activities and meaningful discussions! By reaching out ...

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Jen’s Race for Brooklyn Girls

Board Member Jennifer Catino is running her 6th NYC Marathon and raising funds for Brooklyn Girls! Jennifer Catino is working with Girls for Gender Equity to engage Brooklyn girls in the NYC marathon experience, the joy of running and the significance of sports in optimizing girls' health, growth and well being. Please support her RACE FOR BROOKLYN GIRLS this year with a donation to GGE. In her spare time...Jennifer Catino is an Associate in the Poverty, Gender, and Youth (PGY) Program of the Population Council.  Based in New York, she develops and coordinates ...

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10 YEARS ANNIVERSARY WITH PROFESSOR ANITA HILL

“What struck me was not only how smart these young women are but how well they are advocates for women. We need to talk to young people because they know things that we’ve forgotten or never learned. It is important to see the world through young women’s eyes.” –Anita Hill  Thursday, June 14, we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a sold out reception at the beautiful Brooklyn Historical Society honoring the work and dedication of Professor Anita Hill and our "Gender Justice Warriors" What an inspiring night! Professor Anita Hill inspired the creation of ...

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