Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is a Brooklyn based, intergenerational organization committed to the optimal development of girls of color. GGE centers the experiences of young women of color, in particular, Black cis and trans young women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth within advocacy campaigns, participatory action research and programming.
Young women of color disproportionately experience a continuum of violence ranging from verbal, physical and psychological abuse, to sexual assault and rape, homophobia, transphobia, racism, classism, poverty, state sanctioned and institutional violence. Forty percent Black and 37% Latina female students don’t graduate from high school, compared to 22% of white female students[i]...[ii] nearly 1 in 6 transgender and gender nonconforming students face harassment so severe they are forced to leave school.
This chapter will share how Girls for Gender Equity works with cis and trans girls of color, and gender non-conforming youth of color to reach their potential as social justice advocates and leaders demanding an end to gender based violence, educational injustices and advocating for gender and racial equity within the 21st Century.
[i] When Girls Don’t Graduate We All Fail: National Women’s Law Center, 2007
[ii][ii] Blake, J., Butler, B., Lewis, C., & Darensbourg, A. (2011). Unmasking the inequitable discipline experiences of urban Black girls: implications for urban educational stakeholders. The Urban Review, 43(1), 90-106.
Smith, J. (2017). Resist School Pushout With and For Black Girls. Occasional Paper Series, 2017 (38). Retrieved from https://educate.bankstreet.edu/occasional-paper-series/vol2017/iss38/10