Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara is proud to announce that Lisa Shannon, international human and women’s rights activist, author, and Co-founder and President of Everywoman Everywhere, will be the guest speaker at the 16th Annual Celebration Luncheon. The event, “The Power of One: The Role YOU Can Play to Educate and Empower Girls,” will be held Thursday, September 28 at The Fess Parker Double Tree, from 11:30AM-1:30PM.
Ms. Shannon will share her inspiring story of one person making a difference in the lives of women and girls. Her key catalyst moment came when watching a Lisa Ling report on the Oprah Show about atrocities women were facing in the Congo in 2005. Her shock and her disbelief that more was not being done to meet the crisis led her to take the next step: founding Run for Congo Women, which was featured in Runner’s World magazine. Her action led to her realization that violence against women and girls is the most widespread human rights violation on earth – and the most accepted – and has propelled her onto the international stage twelve years later where she initiates campaigns in the international women’s movement.
“Humanity has tremendous potential in girls, if they are safe, know their rights, and believe in themselves and their inner moral compasses to move through life as leaders,” says Shannon. “That is what Girls Inc. delivers: a structure for assuring young women from diverse, often marginalized, communities will grow up with a firm grasp of their own potential.”
Lisa’s work has been profiled in multiple appearances in The New York Times, Runner’s World Magazine, Time Magazine, Marie Claire, and O, The Oprah Magazine, as well as on ABC World News Tonight, National Public Radio, CNN International, and Voice of America.
She was selected to the O, The Oprah Magazine’s 2010 Power List, and Shape Magazine’s “2010 Women Who Shape the World.”
Lisa was an Associate and former Fellow of the Carr Center for Human Rights, and a former Gleitsman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University.
She is author of award-winning A Thousand Sisters: My Journey Into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman (Seal Press, 2010) and Mama Koko and the Hundred Gunmen: An Ordinary Family’s Extraordinary Tale of Love, Loss, and Survival in Congo (Public Affairs, 2015).
Learn more about Lisa in the VoiceSB’s August 11th issue.
Tickets for the 16th Annual Celebration Luncheon are $130 and may be reserved here by calling 805-963-4757. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
This spring, girls from the Teen Center colaborated with TVSB to create a video with the Student Voices campaign. The video was a part of an ongoing project in which the teens learned how to create an advocacy campaign around something they cared about. They chose to create a campaign to advocate for changes they wanted to see at the center to represent their independence as teens, including desiging their own t-shirts to look different from the traditional Girls Inc. red shirts.
The video, “Teen Girls Advocating for their Rights,” was written and created by the girls with production support from TVSB.
As a result of their video, the girls are designing and producing the first “Teen Center” T-shirt in partnership with Graphic Ink. in Goleta. We are proud of the teens for using their voice and their influence to create the change they want to see.
The Teen Center provides after-school and summer camp programs for girls in grades 7-12, with a focus on leadership development through project-based learning, community service, and advocacy and action.(note: video link will take you to TVSB’s website.)
Every girl deserves to feel safe, valued, and accepted. Take the Pledge to End Harassment and Bullying of Girls before Noon on Thursday, May 11.
At Girls Inc. we are energized and committed to the work necessary to advance girls’ rights.
It is our responsibility to make sure girls feel safe in school, at home, and in their communities.
Girls Inc. recently surveyed nearly 800 members including girls and alumnae, parents, staff, board members, and donors to determine the top challenges facing girls today.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents identified “Bullying, harassment, and sexual violence” as an issue of concern to them. We can’t ignore this.
Bullying and harassment is a problem that affects us all. Join us and sign our pledge to commit to standing up for girls, because with you in her corner, she will succeed.
DID YOU KNOW?
High school girls are more likely to be electronically bullied than their male peers (22% and 10%, respectively). They are also more likely to be bullied on school property (25% and 16%).
Latina and Black high school girls are less likely than their White peers to be the victim of electronic bullying (17%, 12%, and 26%, respectively.)
Latina and Black girls are also less likely than their White peers to be bullied on school property (19%, 15%, and 30%, respectively.)
MYTHS & FACTS
MYTH: Sexual harassment has to involve touching or propositioning sexual activity.
FACT: Sexual harassment can take many forms.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. It can be verbal acts like name-calling, requests for sexual favors, sexual comments, jokes, gestures, images and graphics, graffiti, and other written statements or actions that may be physically threatening, harmful, humiliating.
Harassment can include the use of cell phones or the internet (“cyberbullying”). It does not matter whether the harasser intends to cause harm and harassment does not necessarily require repeated incidents.
Under Title IX, if the harassment is severe, persistent, or pervasive, schools have an obligation to do something about it so that the victim does not have to endure a “hostile learning environment.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP END BULLYING AND HARASSMENT:
Share what you will do to end bullying and harassment – download a Girls Inc. pledge (PDF)
Value differences and treat others with respect
Stand up for people who are bullied
Understand why bullies bully
Talk to teachers, parents, and community leaders about solutions
Practice being a good role model and support others if they experience bullying or harassment
Think before commenting on posts or forward messages
Solve problems in a peaceful way
Include those who are left out
Talk to someone if you need help or assistance