GLOBAL GIRL MEDIA

GlobalGirl Media (GGM) is an nonprofit organization that develops the voice and media literacy of young women in underserved communities by teaching them to create and share digital journalism designed to improve scholastic achievement, ignite community activism and spark social change. The existing gender gap in media, particularly new media, obstructs the ability of women and girls' to influence change at local and global levels. By linking young women internationally with seasoned reporters, educators and mentors, GlobalGirl Media teaches girls that their voice matters, their story counts.
Aug 10, 2016

Summer 2016 with GlobalGirl Media

GGM Reporters at the DNC
GGM Reporters at the DNC

This has been one of our busiest and exciting summers ever at GlobalGirl Media! 

#GirlsGovern

As mentioned in our previous report, we launched #GirlsGovern at the start of the season.  This nationwide initiative aims to empower young women to become active in civic leadership, and insert their voices into the national election dialogue so they can OWN THE MIC!   

With the support of over 35 like-minded organizations and partners, #GirlsGovern features a multi-tiered initiative which includes voting on a #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights to identify issues important to girls; an online video contest where girls can advocate for a specific issue; in-person digital media trainings in Colorado, New Hampshire and Wisconsin; and the culminating event, a Town Hall forum where girls can discuss issues with journalists, lawmakers and experts.

Girls from across the country have submitted video contest entries, which are now being evaluated by our judges.  Winners will be announced on August 15th and one talented young woman will win the grand prize – a trip for two to attend our Town Hall in Washington D.C. on September 14th, 2016.  Numerous girls have also spoken up and voted on the top issues that matter to them, helping us create the first ever Girls’ Bill of Rights (which will be presented at the Town Hall).  

Politicon

Our Los Angeles-based GlobalGirls had an exciting weekend at the end of June when they attended Politicon, the “Unconventional Convention”. Our reporters not only met Barbara Boxer and Van Jones, but also did a fantastic job interviewing attendees and speakers (including Rosario Dawson, Lizz Winstead, and Grace Parra) about girls' rights and issues – view their coverage. Thank you again to Participant’s Take Part and Pivot for sharing their booth in Democracy Village with us!  

In-State Trainings

We have now completed two of our three #GirlsGovern in-state mini trainings, where GGM Executive Director, Amie Williams, traveled to Colorado and Wisconsin. The Colorado training was conducted with a fabulous group of girls from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.  After their training in citizen journalism, the girls then headed up to Denver where they interviewed several inspiring female Senators and Representatives working in the Colorado State Legislature. View the result of all their hard work here.

Girls in Madison, Wisconsin proved to be equally amazing and really excelled in the training.  The girls also had the opportunity to interview remarkable female elected officials on both the local and state level.  Please view their Wisconsin Project Video!

The New Hampshire training is still to come and we are excited to share what the girls from NH will produce.

Democratic National Convention

Two of our GlobalGirl Reporters had the opportunity of a lifetime to cover the Democratic National Convention. We are so proud of Aimee and Imani who stepped up to the challenge and Owned the Mic at the DNC!  Their trip would not have been possible without the support of The Representation Project - many thanks to this amazing organization. News of Aimee's trip also caught the attention of Univision, ABC 7 Chicago News (video) and CBS Chicago (video).  

Aimee and Imani shared their convention stories during a webinar held in partnership with IGNITE.  During this special web conversation, Aimee and Imani not only shared their experiences, but also interviewed IGNITE convention ambassadors who attended the RNC and DNC.

Launch of GGM UK in London

And finally, we are thrilled to announce that GGM UK in London has launched! We are currently in the midst of our first training with a group of fantastic girls from diverse and under-served communities throughout London.  The training is taking place at South Thames College, Wandsworth - check out their first video here!  We are so excited to see what the London Bureau produces next.

Thank you to all of our supporters – we couldn’t do this meaningful work without you!

Wisconsin Girls in Madison State Capital
Wisconsin Girls in Madison State Capital
L.A. GlobalGirls at Politicon
L.A. GlobalGirls at Politicon
GGM London Girls practicing their camera skills
GGM London Girls practicing their camera skills
Ute Mountain Ute Girls interview CO State Senator
Ute Mountain Ute Girls interview CO State Senator
GlobalGirl Irene Filming B-Roll at Politicon
GlobalGirl Irene Filming B-Roll at Politicon
May 13, 2016

GlobalGirl Media Spring 2016 Report

LA GlobalGirls Covering B-Stem YouTube Event
LA GlobalGirls Covering B-Stem YouTube Event

Happy Spring from GlobalGirl Media! 2016 has been a very busy year thus far, as we have been working tirelessly on the largest initiative GlobalGirl Media has undertaken to date – Girls Govern.

GIRLS GOVERN

An initiative to launch a national campaign about how girls' rights need to be a larger part of the 2016 political dialogue, Girls Govern aims to encourage civic engagement among girls so that their voices will be heard.

We believe that young people can be mobilized to hold elected officials accountable about issues relevant to marginalized girls such as reproductive rights, violence against women, education reform, discrimination and immigration rights.

With the support of Participant Media and the Malala Fund through Students Stand #With Malala, this effort is a nationwide campaign involving a town hall forum, media trainings in swing states, and a comprehensive online digital contest.  The project is non-partisan and focused on millennial engagement and youth leadership in the U.S., with opportunity for those from middle school to college.  

Our goal is to facilitate the development of skills in young women through hands-on learning and civic engagement, ultimately enabling them to insert their voices into the political landscape.

The initiative is launching this month (May) with an online downloadable curriculum and digital contest, with the grand prize being a trip to our Town Hall in Washington D.C. this fall.

Stay tuned for much more to come on Girls Govern!

LOS ANGELES

In honor of Women's History Month, GGM L.A covered the The B-Stem Project "A Conversation With" at the L.A. YouTube Space, hosted by Victoria O'Seni - IT Chief of Staff at CAA, Sarah Malkin - Vice President of Programming, New Form Digital and Holly Gabrielson - Director, Unscripted Programming, TBS & TNT. The short "HALL OF FAME" films that made the finals were also screened, with filmmakers in attendance.

Mount Saint Mary's University released its 2016 Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, and GGM L.A. was in attendance to speak with panelists and attendees of the event. Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, the exciting event included keynote speakers such as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, Dr. Musimbi Kanyorowas, and the Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti. Watch our Coverage!

OAKLAND

GGM was thrilled to cover events leading up to the 2016 Super Bowl, most notably, the NFL’s First Annual Women’s Summit. With a grant from the Forever Young Foundation and The Superbowl 50 Host Committee, GGM Oakland reporters had the incredible opportunity to not only attend, but also interview trailblazing women in both sports and business.  GGM GlobalGirl, Cheyenne, even had the opportunity to ask her hero, Serena Williams, a question.

With a grant from the AKONADI Foundation, GGM Oakland recently wrapped up our video project titled, “My BFF Oakland”.  The five stories produced, highlight and celebrate open spaces and special places for young women in and around Oakland. 

CHICAGO

Global Girl Media Chicago had an exciting spring. The women of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri traveled to teach our students about college preparedness. Capitalizing on the great resources in the city of Chicago, the students were invited to visit the audio narrative making machine that is StoryCorps, and a tour of their state-of-the-art facilities.  

The documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films hosted a screening of short social issue driven films from the 70’s, with several of the subjects present. Our students asked pointed questions about the role of the female characters and how being apart of a documentary changed their perspectives. Learning how to engineer an instrument, the use of theater to express their voices. and a myriad of other great tools, Raw Voices Youth Media Festival 2016 was a huge success for the ladies of GGM Chicago. 

Chicago Bulls Charities and Exhale Spa teamed up to give our students a lesson on breathing and being present with an evening of yoga at our building Gallery 37.  

Rounding out our quarter of reporting on the streets of Chicago, GGM Chicago covered protestors in favor of location and building of the George Lucas Museum.

KOSOVO

GlobalGirl Media Kosovo, in partnership with KosovaLive, has continued to churn out high-quality, engaging stories. So far in 2016, Kosovo GlobalGirls have explored Vegetarianism in Kosovo, Drug Addiction, and Dokufest, a film festival in Prizren now in its 14th year. The reporters discuss Docukufest’s 2016 theme of migration and examine the history of the festival, and how it has grown to a cultural and economic boost for the country. Also, check out GGM Kosovo reporter, Nita, and her blog on Forced Child Marriage in Kosovo

MOROCCO

 As our Morocco Bureau gets up and running again, we’d like to share a blog written by one of our GGM Morocco reporters.  Please read Salma’s thoughtful blog on Single Mothers in Morocco, where she discusses the stigma that surrounds these mothers in her country. 

RADIO INTERVIEW

On April 6, 2016, Thoughts of a Common Man host, Charles Williams, interviews GlobalGirl Media Executive Director and Co-founder, Amie Williams. Charles and Amie discuss GGM, it's mission and how girls can become involved.  Watch Footage of the Radio Interview and learn more about GGM directly from our founder.

                                 

                                       As always, we are beyond grateful for your continued support!

Morocco GlobalGirls Blogging
Morocco GlobalGirls Blogging
GGM Chicago Reporters in Action
GGM Chicago Reporters in Action
Oakland Reporter with Billie Jean King
Oakland Reporter with Billie Jean King
GGM Oakland Reporters Covering Superbowl Events
GGM Oakland Reporters Covering Superbowl Events
GGM Chicago at StoryCorps
GGM Chicago at StoryCorps
Feb 10, 2016

GlobalGirl Media Highlights of 2015

Chicago GlobalGirls
Chicago GlobalGirls

GLOBALGIRL MEDIA 2015 - A Year in Review

Happy New Year to all of our GlobalGirl Media friends and supporters!  As we look forward and set our intentions for the year ahead, we are also reflecting back on all of the successes, challenges and amazing stories that occurred in 2015. 

See below for a brief recap of our highlights:

Total Girls Trained: 87

Total Videos Produced: 60

Total Blogs Written: 175+

Our major new programming initiative for 2015 was the launch of our #ListenOutLoud Campaign.  In partnership with Jamba Juice, the campaign’s goal was to raise awareness about Teen Anxiety and Depression.  Our Global Advisor for the initiative was actor, Tammin Sursok, of Pretty Little Liars. With her lead, we ran a one-month video and social media campaign and held an in-person event on October 11th, for International Day of the Girl. Tammin was also named GGM Global Ambassador, and will continue to help us raise awareness on girls' rights and issues. PLAYLIST FOR LISTENOUTLOUD  

OAKLAND: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Now in its second year, our Oakland Program has been thriving.  Executive Director Amie William’s move to the Bay Area has resulted in many new connections based there including JAMBA JUICE CEO, James White, who joined us as an advisor. Several key videos from 2015 include:

INTERVIEW WITH NOBEL LAUREATE LEYMAH GBOWEE

YOUTH, TECHNOLOGY AND HEALTH CONFERENCE

IF YOU GIVE A GIRL A CAMERA

ERIC GARNER: CONCERT FOR JUSTICE

As part of opening operations in the Bay Area, we held an event at the Oakland Impact HUB, hosted by Danny Glover and CNN Pioneer Black Female Broadcaster, Valerie Coleman Morris. DANNY GLOVER SPEECH. Special thanks to Apollo Education Group for sponsoring the evening! 

The GGM Media Training Academy was successful in training another group of great girls.  Held in July, the training was hosted at the Youth Impact Hub. GGM Oakland was also hired to produce a SHORT FILM for the Global Women's Funding Conference, held in October.  And with a grant from the AKONADI Foundation, GGM Oakland started a new video project, “My BFF Oakland,” which seeks to highlight and celebrate open spaces and special places for young women in and around Oakland. 

LOS ANGELES & COACHELLA: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

GGM was given an amazing opportunity by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to cover the 72nd Golden Globe Awards last year.  Our very own GGM Reporter, Ariana, did an amazing job speaking with many Golden Globe winners. See our coverage!

GGM Reporter Imani C. joined Bay Area Advisory Board Member, Sandra Clifford, and traveled to NYC to cover the U.N. Report on the Status of Women. They interviewed many key people in the movement and produced two great pieces: LET GIRLS LEAD  & INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH, NYC.
 
We worked with Santa Monica College to produce the LA INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY MARCH and covered the Annual L.A. Junior League Casino Fundraising event, where we produced this VIDEO.  GGM’s series, MOTHER/MADRE was hosted at the California Endowment and we were also awarded a grant from the California Humanities Community Stories to produce the video, PROFOUND HEART: PROFUNDO CORAZON.

We trained nine new GGM Reporters during our L.A. GGM Summer Media Training Academy.  Our GlobalGirls then had an active fall, which included attending our second annual L.A. fundraiser, Night Out @Home. Their #ListenOutLoud video, Culture of Silence, was accepted into the Real to Reel Youth Media Showcase where two of our girls spoke on a festival panel.  The video also won an Outstanding Film award. Other highlights included attending the screening of the documentary, He Named Me Malala, courtesy of the Eileen Fisher Foundation.

We also received an invitation from the Getty House Foundation to film their Women in New Media event. Held at the Mayor of Los Angeles’ home, GGM Reporters filmed and interviewed event attendees including Mayor Eric Garcetti.

COACHELLA

Our reporters in Coachella garnered headline news for their coverage of a LGBT hate crime (making the front page of the Desert Sun newspaper) and were interviewed by local news stations, including UNIVISION. Our GGM reporters hope the short documentary they produced about the tragic story will further much needed discussions about LGBT rights and issues in the Coachella Valley.  JUSTICIA POR JUAN. 

CHICAGO: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS  

GGM CHICAGO was quite active this year, focusing on identifying and learning about the issues that concern girls and women within civic action. GGM reporters covered the Chicago Women Take Action CWTA Mayoral Forum, interviewing all five of Chicago’s Mayoral candidates including, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. To engage the youth vote, rapid fire videos were produced, describing the voting registration process, parodying Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk and developing a social media campaign of short videos on what issues would motivate them to vote, #Vote4U. The teen reporters also independently blogged on topics from sciencebeauty, and music, to personal reflections on raceLent, and the act of cutting one’s hair.

Other event coverage included: the Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) forum on Race, Feminism, and Social Media and participation in CFW’s Salon for Solutions discussion around actions for elevating women and girls; Lynsey Addario Lecture on her career as a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist; WTTW screening/panel of the Kartemquin documentary The Homestretch, which dives into the issue of homeless youth in Chicago; an inspiring studio visit at the UChicago and Theaster Gates’ Arts Incubator with Honey Pot Performance, an Afro-diasporic collaborative community centered on feminist and fringe sensibilities.  And six GGM Chicago reporters were interviewed and will be featured in a book about girl activists by renowned author and photographer, Paola Gianturco. The book will be released on International Day of the Girl, 2017.

The GGM Chicago Summer Training Academy produced five videos that continued to address the theme “Justice and Liberty for All.”  These videos looked at: Chicago Youth Violence, Same-Sex Marriage, Youth Voting, and Politics and Civic Engagement LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL PLAYLIST

During the fall, GGM Chicago Reporters produced a PSA for International Day of the Girl around the issue of violence against women; covered an art exhibit, If You See Something Say Something on the issue of rape culture; organized a protest and reported on the Chicago Public School (CPS) budget cuts: ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL WALKOUT.  GGM also entered the Walgreen's Expressions contest by creating an original spoken word video, HELP A SISTER OUT - emphasizing the importance of self-esteem and female empowerment, where they came in second place; developed a new podcast series "Let's Hear It From The Boys" where our reporters will have conversations with teen boys around issues that concern them. 
 
Additional Awards and Recognition Details:

One of our reporters received a Silver Key from the Scholastic Arts & Writing competition; three of our reporters were nominated for the MASH 18 under 18 where one reporter, Emma C., was chosen as the WINNER in the Media category; Chicago GlobalGirl, Aimee R., was selected as a scholarship student to attend GIRLS GEARING UP, an international organization aimed at empowering teenage girls to be the change they want to see in their world; Five of our Chicago reporters received an invitation to participate in Grammy Camp, where they learned about sound/music engineering, production and songwriting; GGM Chicago reporter Ebony M. wrote a story on Celebrity Feminism that was chosen for publication by Women’s ENews. 

GGM Chicago is greatly humbled for support from: professional media mentors, McCormick Foundation, After School Matters, MacArthur Foundation, Hive Learning Network, Chicago City of Learning (CCOL) and DePaul University.

KOSOVO: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Our GGM Kosovo bureau partner, KOSOVALIVE, is an award-winning online news site that also focuses on issues affecting women. Helmed by Annea Hapciu, a consultant with KosovaLive, we successfully launched this new bureau in 2015. Amie travelled to Kosovo in April to lead the training for the program, called Girl Be Heard. The 20 girls trained continue to meet once a week for their news bureau, overseen by KosovaLive 360. View all KOSOVO VIDEOS produced in 2015 and the new THEORY OF CHANGE VIDEO, which highlights the project’s approach and goals. 

GGM Kosovo continues to produce great work this year, averaging two videos per month, and garnering recognition and coverage from local press. The bureau has already earned several prestigious accolades including the German Comenius EduMedia Award.  This winning video profiled the village of Krushe e Madhe, known in Kosovo as the "Village of War Widows". 

SOUTH AFRICA & MOROCCO: PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

On the 25th of May, 2015 GlobalGirl Media South Africa started training 12 incredible girls at Rammolotsi Riet Pan at the Dramatic Arts Art Centre. They completed a three-week training sponsored by the Ponahalo De Beers Trust in the remote village of Rammelotsi.  15 young girls were trained in photography and writing, producing four newsletters in a hard-hit community. The quality of the newsletter surpassed all expectations and the Trust has decided to extend the program into 2016.

The Tshimologong History of the South African Internet Web Program was a six-month production program carried out in conjunction with the Johannesburg Centre for Software Engineering. It entailed the shooting and editing of 25 documentary inserts with a JCSE. The reporters involved earned a small salary and the GGMSA Bureau was able to earn a production fee.  GGM South Africa also produced a paid project for the CANADIAN EMBASSY, called ANCHOR OF MY HEART  which focuses on strong mentorships and mentors in the Alexandra township.

MOROCCO

Morocco is undergoing a restructuring process and recent Yale Graduate, Djenab Conde, secured a grant from Yale University to travel to Casablanca to help with this process. She has been on the ground since August, 2015 and is working directly with GGM Reporters to register as an Association. Stay tuned for an upcoming series on Women and Entrepreneurship to be produced there. 

GGM Morocco Reporter NajlaeBellouri received an award to travel to Switzerland, the Emilie Gourd Foundation, through the Swiss Ambassador to Morocco to present the Documentary, Breaking the Silence, which continues to be screened at film festivals, including a recent screening at USC’s School of Management.

STAFF HIGHLIGHTS

Amie Williams was awarded the SuperBowl50 Playmaker Award, which came with a $10,000 prize.  She was also selected to present a TEDx Talk for Women in Barcelonahighlighting the story behind the origins and founding of GlobalGirl Media. She continues to publish her own journalism and work, focused on the female-centered stories from the Middle East and North Africa, where she is also developing a feature film in Tunisia. Her articles include:

HUFFINGTON POST: Wisps of Hair, Wisps of Hope (about the Tunisian Nobel Peace Prize)
TRUTHDIG: Borders of War: About the Syrian Turkish Border and Women and ISIS
 
International Program Coordinator, Amy Adams, secured a Boehm Media Fellowship to attend Opportunity Collaboration, one of the world’s most prominent social change-maker forums.  

2016 LOOKING AHEAD 

We are excited to develop our GIRLS GO VOTE  series on women in leadership and the political process. We received a small grant from the Barbara Lee Foundation to cover the project in New Hampshire, and hope to expand the series to at least 10 other states.  If you would like to be involved in this project specifically, please email amie@globalgirlmedia.org or amya@globalgirlmedia.org. 

OTHER NEW PROJECTS ON THE HORIZON:

These are regions we are working with local partners and female media professionals to launch new trainings: Sao Paulo, BRAZIL, Nairobi, KENYA and Havana, CUBA. If you know of anyone who could assist us concerning these new projects, please send us an email! 

THANK YOU for your continued support!

Hiyab Tadesse, Tammin Sursock & Amie Williams
Hiyab Tadesse, Tammin Sursock & Amie Williams
Imani Crenshaw with activist Susan Bazilli in NYC
Imani Crenshaw with activist Susan Bazilli in NYC
GGM Kosovo on location
GGM Kosovo on location
Oakland GlobalGirls
Oakland GlobalGirls
L.A. GlobalGirls with Mayor Eric Garcetti
L.A. GlobalGirls with Mayor Eric Garcetti
 
   

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