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Girl Be Heard Across Borders is a peace-building initiative and cross-cultural exchange that brings transformative performances and workshops to communities around the world.


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Our Global Initiative

As we continue to expand beyond New York City, our mission is simple: to amplify and build a girl-led global feminist movement. GBH Across Borders continues to partner with international allies and activists to foster solidarity between communities of girls all over the world and spotlight global issues girls face.

Everywhere we go, Girl Be Heard seeks to promote cultural and educational exchange, build leadership skills, and create safe community spaces. Engaging local communities in other countries, Girl Be Heard catalyzes change around human rights and gender equality, centering girls as leaders in their communities and the world at large.

Building a Girl Movement

Seven out of ten girls have or will experience physical or sexual violence in their life. At Girl Be Heard, we facilitate healing and empowerment to give girls a platform to speak about their experiences and have their voices heard.

Girl Be Heard began in 2008 with just twelve girls. Today, with over 170 members, it is an international movement that engages local & global audiences in schools, refugee camps, faith-based communities, detention centers — as well as at the White House, the United Nations, and TED conferences.

To exploring opportunities of how Girl Be Heard could be of service to your organization, please contact Abigail Ramsay, Director of Global Partnerships, at abigail@girlbeheard.org.

 

 

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First Row: 1.Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones – Closing Plenary Performance, hosted by Angelina Jolie and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague June 2014 2. United Nations Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland June 2014 Second Row: 3. Stand #withMalala performance for Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai at the Asia Society October 2015. 4. U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Geneva “The Future She Deserves” November 2015. Third Row: 5. U.S. Mission to the United Nations and Graduate Institute, Geneva “The Future She Deserves” November 2015. 6. U.S. Embassy sponsored tour to Trinidad and Tobago “Trafficked” at the Central Bank Auditorium, March 2016.


TOUR DATES

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Trinidad and Tobago Tour
Trafficked
U.S. Embassy Trinidad and Tobago, Ms. Brafit Limited
Port of Spain, Trinidad
March 5-10, 2016

2015
Geneva Tour
The Future She Deserves
US Mission to the United Nations, Geneva and Women at the Table
Geneva, Switzerland
November 18-23, 2015

Sarajevo Tour
Under One Sun Staging the Revolution: From NYC to Sarajevo
PitchWise Festival
U.S. Embassy Bosnia and Herzegovina tour of schools in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
September 9-14, 2015

Bermuda Tour
Girl Be Heard Bermuda: Staging the Revolution for Peace
Bermuda Conference Women’s Missionary Society of the AME Church
Hamilton, Bermuda
May 23-30, 2015

2014
Taiwan Tour
Staging the Revolution to Stop Domestic Violence
Garden of Hope Foundation and The American Institute in Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan

Europe Tour
Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
Chaired by William Hague and Angelina Jolie
London, UK
US Embassy Sponsored tour in the UK
Birmingham, Coventry, and London
US Mission to the United Nations Performance hosted by 10 missions to the United Nations,
Geneva, Switzerland
US Embassy Tour of Denmark
Copenhagen, Vollsmose, Roskilde, Denmark

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Schedule and History

March 2016
Across Borders: Trinidad and Tobago Tour
Performance and Workshops:
Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk Trinidad – Ms. Brafit, Ltd.
St. Jude’s School for Girls
Bishop’s Centenary College
Central Bank Auditorium
The Ambassador’s Residence

December 13, 2016
Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago Auditions
Bishop’s Centenary College
2:15pm

December 14 and 15, 2016
GBHTT Teacher Training
The Branch Tobago

January 6, 2017
First Session of GBHTT
Bishop’s Centenary College

March 14, 2017
UnPlugged
Join us for the students of GBHTT’s first program first public performance
Little Carib Theatre

April 30, 2017
GBHTT Community Event: BOCAs Lit Fest – Human Rights Open Mic

July 5, 2017
Culminating Performance – Stage the Revolution
Central Bank Auditorium

June 30, 2017
Last Session of GBHTT
Bishop’s Centenary College

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Pioneering a Pilot Program

At the invitation of Trinidadian-based partner Nicole Joseph Chin (of Ms. Brafit) and with strategic guidance from the U.S. Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago, GBH brought Girl Power performances and workshops to schools and community centers in Port of Spain March of 2016. Our young performers had the opportunity to perform for hundreds of school children. We thank Nicole for her vision and passion in making this program possible!

Community Advisory Board 

Amílcar Sanatan Research Assistant - IGDS UWI
Ann Marie Narine Executive Director Emeritus - Heroes Foundation
Anthea McLaughlin CEO - The Bridge Foundation
Asiya Mohammed Founder - Conflict Women, LTD
Deneka Thomas Lead Teaching Artist & Program Manager - Girl Be Heard
Gabrielle Punch Visual Diplomacy Assistant - U.S. Embassy TT
Jean-Claude Cournand Founding Manging Director - The 2 Cents Movement
Jessica Greer Morris Founding Executive Director - Girl Be Heard
Kristin L. Chiselko Attorney-at-law - Caribbean Commercial Law Chambers
Marina Hilaire-Bartlett Executive Director - PSI-Caribbean
Michelle Celestine Executive Director - Heroes Foundation
Mickel Alexander Chief Operating Officer - The 2 Cents Movement
Moira Lindsay Regional Programme Director - PSI-Caribbean
Nicole Galt Executive Vice President, Human Resources - Trinidad Systems Limited
Petrina A. Hernandez P.A. Office of the CEO - Trinidad Systems Limited
Richard Blewitt Resident Representative & Coordinator - UNDP
Sharon Mottley Study Lead – NASTAD
Takiyah De Four PMP - Inter-American Development Bank
Tennille Amor Youth Ambassador - United Nations

 

 

Girl Be Heard trinidad & Tobago

Birthed in partnership with the U.S. State Department (through the Embassy in Port of Spain) and 2 Cents Movement, Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago empowers teenage girls through theatre-making, spoken word, and song.

After touring eight countries, Girl Be Heard received overwhelming support from partners and community members expressing great interest in providing the same community-based programs we have for young women in and around New York City to those abroad. From October 2016, Girl Be Heard received a grant from the U.S. State Department through the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago and the Oak Foundation to establish a GBH program outside the United States.

Lead Partner: The 2 Cents Movement

The 2 Cents Movement reaches youth where they are, creating new spaces of contemporary art and discourse that challenge youth to think deeply, speak boldly, care selflessly, and act decisively towards addressing social issues. Girl Be Heard has identified 2 Cents Movement (2CM) to oversee the local chapter. We are working closely with the 2CM leadership team to share best practices and pioneer the first pilot/after-school program in Trinidad and Tobago.

Meet the Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago Team

Girl Be Heard Trinidad and Tobago has a trained team of highly experienced professionals, including six additional Teaching Artists specially trained in our curriculum. A group of 15 girls auditioned and were chosen to be the first cohort to go through GBHTT’s girl empowerment program at Bishop’s Centenary College, which launched on January 6, 2017.



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Make Checks Payable to:

The 2 Cents Movement
27G Teak Circular, La Couroupita
Caura Royal Road, El Dorado, Trinidad and Tobago

Contact:
Jean-Claude Cournand
868-467-2513 or 868-301-9033
GBHTT@girlbeheard.org


 
Penelope Spencer Teaching Artist     

Penelope Spencer
Teaching Artist     

 Deneka Thomas   Lead Teaching Artist & Program Manager   

 Deneka Thomas

 Lead Teaching Artist & Program Manager

 

Tishanna Williams  Assistant Teaching Artist              

Tishanna Williams

Assistant Teaching Artist              

 

film and EDUCATION GUIDES


 
 

Girl Be Heard and the team behind the documentary film I Am A Girl have partnered to raise awareness about human rights issues affecting girls around the world.

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HEALTH/ADVISORY EDUCATION GUiDE

In this guide, teachers can find a total of seven lesson plans for Health or Advisory classes covering the following topics:  Role Models Social Media Social Expectations Mental Health Sexual Abuse/Consent Reproductive Health Gender Inequality    DOWNLOAD GUIDE  

In this guide, teachers can find a total of seven lesson plans for Health or Advisory classes covering the following topics:

Role Models
Social Media
Social Expectations
Mental Health
Sexual Abuse/Consent
Reproductive Health
Gender Inequality

DOWNLOAD GUIDE 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS EDUCATION GUIDE

This guide contains a total of six lesson plans for English and Language Arts using a model of comparative literature. For each of the girls’ stories featured in the I Am A Girl documentary film, teachers will find one corresponding lesson plan in this guide covering the following topics:  Journalism Poetry and Music Storytelling and Folklore Personal Essay Humanitarian Reports Blogging    DOWNLOAD GUIDE

This guide contains a total of six lesson plans for English and Language Arts using a model of comparative literature.
For each of the girls’ stories featured in the I Am A Girl documentary film, teachers will find one corresponding lesson plan in this guide covering the following topics:

Journalism
Poetry and Music
Storytelling and Folklore
Personal Essay
Humanitarian Reports
Blogging

DOWNLOAD GUIDE

With over 60 pages of lesson plans designed for high school students from grades 9-12, Girl Be Heard Education Guides for I Am A Girl are a practical and ready-to-use source for teachers to address global and personal issues affecting girls around the world. Aligned with Common Core standards, teachers can easily use these curricula to complement textbook and classroom work, help prepare students to succeed on standardized tests, excel in college, and contribute thoughtfully as advocates for their communities, locally and globally.


HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES GUIDE

In this guide, teachers can find a total of twelve lesson plans for History and Social Studies classes. This guide covers the following topics:  U.S. HISTORY:  migration movements, black history   WORLD HISTORY:  feminism, colonialism, indigenous populations, dictatorships, geography of lesser-known countries   CIVICS, CITIZENSHIP, & GOVERNMENT:  mental health care/social services, reproductive rights   ECONOMICS:  macroeconomic systems, microfinance, war politics, black markets     DOWNLOAD GUIDE

In this guide, teachers can find a total of twelve lesson plans for History and Social Studies classes. This guide covers the following topics:

U.S. HISTORY:
migration movements, black history

WORLD HISTORY:
feminism, colonialism, indigenous populations,
dictatorships, geography of lesser-known countries


CIVICS, CITIZENSHIP, & GOVERNMENT:
mental health care/social services, reproductive rights

ECONOMICS:
macroeconomic systems, microfinance, war politics, black markets

DOWNLOAD GUIDE