GlobalGirl Media – an organization that seeks to empower and give underprivileged youth a voice through media and literacy mediums – was founded in 2010 and is active in South Africa, Morocco, Kosovo, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Global Girl has designed a national program tagged #girlsgovern to encourage and give space for young women to confidently and independently use their voices (#ownthemic) to access and contribute to important national and political conversations.
On Wednesday, September 14th, GlobalGirl Media hosted their first ever #GirlsGovernTownHall, bringing together youth, journalists, activists, and politicians to discuss some of the most pressing current topics that pertain to women and girls and global conflicts. I volunteered for the event, attending with the organization I am interning for, Girl Up. I doubled as a mic runner and a sponge; soaking up the energies, experiences, and ideas brought to the stage by some really kickass girls and women. Panel topics ranged from Navigating Media: Safety and Free Speech, to one titled,”Girls Rights Are Human Rights, Right?” Keynote speakers included the likes of Hillary Clinton’s Sr. Women’s Issues Advisor (mind you that is an abbreviated title) Rachel Vogelstein, TV personality and entrepreneur Ashlee Wilson Hawn, award winning journalist and filmmaker Anna Therese Day, and many more.
Ashlee Wilson Hawn, Courtesy of GlobalGirl Media
Ashlee Wilson Hawn, former Miss Georgia reality Television Star, turned successful entrepreneur and business owner, advised all the girls in the room to follow their passions and “live in your truth.” Besides being the very definition of a sweet southern belle, Ashlee emitted intelligence, honesty, assertiveness, and compassion; declaring confidence (especially for girls) as the road to success.