Girls speak for themselves in Chicago and abroad

by Global Girls Inc.


Girls of color are socialized to fear, distrust and sacrifice their natural talents and ambitions. Global Girls teaches girls 6 -18 to dream in a safe space and practice perseverance and grit in dance and acting classes. Participants investigate their issues and turn findings into performances. On stage they find their voices, their power and become fearless examples and teachers of others. Global Girls engages girls in Chicago, across Illinois, in Ghana, Kenya, India and soon, Grenada.
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Violence against girls has been highlighted and challenged in developing countries, but all but ignored in America. Violence against African American girls including sexual violence, parental neglect, emotional and physical abuse is particularly egregious.


Global Girls gives girls a safe space to learn, through dance and theatre, how to use their voices for social change to begin advocating for themselves and other girls. As girls work in the program, they begin to trust others and open up about issues they are facing at home, in school and in the community. They find that they are not alone and the process of healing and holding others accountable begins. Our girls also teach and inspire other girls to be strong, persistent and resilient.

Long-Term Impact

In our school and community based programs, we educate 500 girls annually on gender-based each year and give them a platform to express their hopes, fears, ambitions and obstacles. We are helping girls see that they don't have to be silent, but can use their voices for change. Our girls go on to and complete college. They travel internationally. They lead clubs and organizations. They return to Global Girls as teaching artists and engage future generations of fearless girls.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).



Organization Information

Global Girls Inc.

Location: Chicago, IL - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Marvinetta Woodley-Penn
Chicago, IL United States
$2,760 raised of $10,000 goal
82 donations
$7,240 to go
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