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Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) is an intergenerational grassroots organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Through education, organizing and physical fitness, GGE encourages communities to remove barriers and create opportunities for girls and women to live self-determined lives.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—(May 2, 2012) Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a Brooklyn, New York-based youth development organization promoting the physical, psychological, social and economic well-being of girls and women, is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a cocktail reception honoring Anita Hill on June 14, 2012 from 6-9 p.m. at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

GGE is thrilled to honor of Anita Hill for her work as a leader, visionary and author. In 1991, her courageous testimony during the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings sparked a national conversation on sexual harassment and women’s equality in politics and the workplace. Author of Reimagining Equality and Speaking Truth to Power, Anita is the Advisor to the Provost as well as professor of social policy, law, and women’s studies at Brandeis University.

“Ms. Hill’s testimony exposed the normalization of sexual harassment in the work place and the bureaucracy that too often forces victims to feel powerless and remain silent,” explained Joanne Smith, GGE’s Executive Director.

“The charge she led 10 years before GGE began allowed us to believe we could combat sexual harassment in schools under the auspices of Title IX of the Education Amendment. We stand on Professor Hills shoulders as we work to keep communities safe from gender-based violence and remove barriers that impede students’ academic achievement. ”

GGE’s work to eliminate gender-based violence within school systems is based on Title IX, the civil rights law requiring that any educational establishment receiving funds from the national government provide equal opportunities to students, regardless of gender. Title IX covers the following ten key points: access to higher education, athletics, career education, education for pregnant and parenting students, employment, learning environment, math and science, sexual harassment, and standardized testing and technology. Its passage 40 years ago was a promising sign in the fight for girls’ and women’s rights, but poor enforcement has limited its effectiveness. Sexual harassment is one of the points of Title IX that is often overlooked and has become a key area of focus for GGE. 

Since 2001, GGE has been a catalyst for change improving gender and race relations, and socio-economic conditions for our most vulnerable youth and communities of color. Through advocating for the uniform implementation of policy, developing the leadership skills of young people while directly serving their needs and providing educational trainings for schools, organizations, parents, politicians and others, GGE is committed to exposing and eliminating  gender-based violence in our communities. This anniversary celebration is an opportunity to personally thank Anita Hill for speaking up for so many women 20 years ago and celebrate GGE’s victories over the past decade while acknowledging the achievement of young participants who continue to inspire us today.

Tickets for the fundraiser cocktail reception are available here or donate to GGE www.ggenyc.org and all proceeds will go directly to support GGE’s ongoing work in education and community building. Join them on June 14 to honor their 10 years of service and make an investment in the future of equality for girls and women of color.



Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) works with youth organizers to STOP sexual harassment and gender-based violence in schools and on the streets.

Students in New York City and beyond experience sexual harassment from students and school staff in the form of:

  • Pressure for sex
  • Groping in the hallways
  • Stalking to and from school
  • Bullying about their sexual or gender identities
  • Sexually explicit comments about their bodies

Did you know that under Title IX of the Education Amendment every U.S. public elementary, middle/junior high, and high school is obligated to have a designated school staff person to receive reports on sexual harassment? It is the responsibility of the school to make sure that the entire school community knows who that person is; they can be a guidance counselor, the principal or a teacher.

GGE encourages all students — especially young women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-identified students — to START voicing their experiences with sexual harassment in their school. Once we can name it, then we can STOP it!

GGE youth organizers co-facilitate “Hey…Shorty! Workshops on Sexual Harassment” in New York City and across the country. During these workshops, we do a STOP circle, and we want you to bring this activity to your community!

Now, it’s your turn to say STOP!
Let’s START here!


Directions for “Wanna Be Startin’ Something?”

Materials: Red paper, green paper, black markers, and a group people ready to claim their voices

1. Create STOP and START signs!

  • Take a sheet of red paper and cut out the shape of an octagon.
  • On one side of the octagon, take a black marker and write STOP in big, bold lettering.
  • Take a sheet of green paper and cut out the shape of a circle.
  • On one side of the circle, take a black marker and write START in big, bold lettering.

2. Create STOP and START phrases

  • Think of a time when a friend, a parent or stranger did something to you that you didn’t like (e.g., you were talking and someone didn’t listen to you)
  • Come up with a phrase that describes what you didn’t like, starting with the word “STOP…”
  • Write this phrase on the STOP sign.
  • Then, come up with a phrase that describes what you would like from the person instead, starting with the word “START…”
  • Write this phrase on the START sign.

3. Here are some examples:

  • STOP calling me a “Bitch.” START respecting me.
  • STOP abusing me. START loving me.
  • STOP ignoring me. START paying attention to me.
  • STOP being a follower. START being a leader.
  • STOP following me home from school/work. START respecting my personal space.

4. Once STOP and START signs are complete, everyone will stand in a circle with their signs in hand.

5. Ask someone to volunteer to be the first read their STOP/START signs aloud.

6. Everyone will go around the circle reading aloud their STOP/START signs. Feeling empowered? Finding your voice? GREAT! Now go out and teach others how to do this activity, but most of all START using your voice to STOP injustice.

Show us how you say STOP!