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Want to change the world, but feel as though no one cares about what matters most to you? Our #GirlsGovern program can fix that. As the result of our work, we have tips, practical resources, research and videos that can help you raise your voice and ‘Own The Mic’.
Together with over 40 partner organizations and 12 sponsors, GGM gathered over 200 girls, activists, and journalists to discuss the issues most important to girls at our #GirlsGovern Town Hall. We also unveiled the #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights (in partnership with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute) and Manifesto.Thank you to our video contestants for submitting films to our contest. Congratulations to our Contest Winner, Annie Lu, from San Francisco, CA. Watch her creative and thoughtful winning entry.

WATCH HE NAMED ME MALALA

Get inspired. Watch a clip from this award-winning film about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner and champion of girls rights. Take notes on how her life as an advocate for girls sparks your thoughts on leadership, education, and girls rights.

THE TOWN HALL IN D.C. 

On September 14, over 200 girls, activists and journalists gathered to discuss the issues most important to each other. We heard from experts in the field such as Rachel Vogelstein, to activists such as Madison Kimrey, to budding leaders such as Christian Herald.  The event featured engaging videos, keynote speakers, luminaries and inspiring panel discussions.  We also unveiled the first ever #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights, created by girls' votes.

#GIRLSGOVERN TOWN HALL PROGRAM

Girl Be Heard Performance Group
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Rachel Volgelstein Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, CFR
PANEL 1 - GIRLS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS, RIGHT?
Kathy Kiely PANEL MODERATOR, Journalist
Colleen Daly End Rape On Campus
Grecia Magdaleno Planned Parenthood Generation Action
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Ashlee Wilson Hawn Entrepreneur & Founder of Red Cycle
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Anna Therese Day Journalist
PANEL 2 - NAVIGATING MEDIA: SAFTEY & FREE SPEECH
Antigone Davis PANEL MODERATOR, Head of Global Saftey Policy, Facebook
Soraya Chemaly Journalist
Holly Kearl Stop Street Harassment
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Allyson Carpenter Elected Official (DC)
PANEL 3 - SHOULD SHE RUN?
Anna Therese Day PANEL MODERATOR, Journalist
Christian Herald 8th Grade Student & She Should Run Rep
Angela Angel Elected Official (MD)
Ziona Barwa AAUW
Dana Smith AAUW
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Madison Kimrey Student Activist

Missed the event? You can watch the panels and speakers on our YouTube channel.

WATCH Our #GGSizzle Reel

Watch all of our #GG Town Hall Highlights videos View all

Thanks to your voices and votes, we are excited to share the #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights. We read these rights together during the Town Hall.

PREMIER PARTNERS

"Own Your Mic and Be Heard"

#OwnTheMic and get your issue heard! Follow these SIX STEPS to create your video story. All you need is a smartphone or tablet.

STEP ONE: Research Your Issue
STEP Two: Write Your Story
STEP Three: Record Yourself
STEP four: Additional footage
STEP five: Edit Your Video
STEP Six: Share Your Story
 

RESEARCH YOUR ISSUE.

Identify one issue/problem from the #GirlsGovern Bill of Rights and think about how it could be solved in your school, community, or society. 

WRITE YOUR STORY.

Write out the script or the story for your video. You can record yourself on camera or as the voice for the whole video, and can also include text to reinforce a fact. 

RECORD YOURSELF.

Shoot yourself, or have a friend shoot you with a smartphone, camera or tablet, completing the following sentence. “The main issue I think the next President should tackle is______. I think a way to solve it is _________." Use our Record Yourself Production Tips to help you.

SHOOT OR RECORD ADDITIONAL FOOTAGE.

While your video can feature just you talking in front of the camera, shooting additional footage (what we call B-roll) or pulling photos or video from online, will help illustrate and dramatize the story about your issue. Use our Shoot Your Story Production Tips to help you.

EDIT YOUR STORY.

Following are some general editing tips to keep in mind: Identify your issue with a title screen. Edit out any extra noise. If you have asked someone else a question, try to edit in the response. Pick the best shots from your compilation of 2-4 B-roll sequences. Try using more shots in your sequence(s), and follow the general guideline of going from wide to close.  At the end, feel free to add a title screen to credit the producer (you), on camera talent (you) and additional crew. Here are our favorite smartphone and tablet editing apps.

SHARE YOUR STORY.

  1. Upload your video to YouTube or on your social media channels.
  2. Use the hashtag #GirlsGovern 
  3. Follow us on social media and let us know about your video! Use @global_girl_media for INSTAGRAM and @globalgirlmedia for FB and Twitter.

TimeLine

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May

Launch of #GirlsGovern Video Contest.

Webinar Trainings

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June

Key state trainings begin

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July

National Political Conventions

7/31 contest ends

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August

Additional key state trainings if needed.

Winners announced.

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September 14

Town Hall

Washington, D.C.

Jack Morton Auditorium at The George Washington University

additional resources

#GIRLSGOVERN ISSUES
  • Girls have the right to equal pay for equal work.
  • Girls have the right to guaranteed equality under the U.S. constitution
  • Girls have the right to affordable healthcare.
  • Girls have the right to have unrestricted access to reproductive healthcare.
READ MORE...
GIRLS AND WOMEN STATS IN MEDIA

According to the United Nations, gauging how a nation treats its women is directly linked to how democratic their society is.

  • 70% of the one billion people living in extreme poverty are women and girls.
  • 250 million teenage girls live in poverty (The Girl Effect)
READ MORE...
READING LIST
  • Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  • Leveling the Playing Field for Women in Politics Is Not Divisive. Huffington Post
READ MORE...

SCHOOLS, EDUCATORS. WOMEN'S RIGHTS ADVOCATES...

Sign up for a webinar training or explore other ways to get involved with GGM and/or #GirlsGovern

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Record Yourself Production Tips:

Use the samples below as a guide to frame the shot. Always shoot landscape mode, with you phone horizontal, NOT vertical!
  • Shoot in landscape mode, as is seen in the samples above. DO NOT shoot in portrait mode (vertical framing). The first shot is the best framing; the second and third ones are not recommended. Pay special attention to the third one – beginning students tend to place the subject’s head at the very center of the frame, which in comparison does not look as good as the way it is in the first shot.
  • Avoid bright backgrounds such as sky or window – they will knock down the exposure level and your face will look dark.
  • Hit the record button, smile and wait for 2 or 3 seconds before you start talking. When you finish talking, smile and wait for another 2 or 3 seconds before you hit the stop – you will need those pauses in the editing.
  • Record at a quiet location. Use a small room if you can find one. Avoid distracting ambient sounds such as air conditioning and refrigerator humming, people walking and talking nearby.
  • You may also want to record the entire script on camera so that you have the full narration for your video.

For a deeper dive, interview a female candidate or politician in your area. 

We have put together a list of Female Politicians and Candidates By State you can reference, and click the Download link below to see our Interview Video Guide.

Download

 

Shoot Your Story Production Tips:

Shoot your story in the sequence of wide shot>medium shot>close-up shots. For example, if you are arguing that public libraries need more resources in helping seniors filing their tax returns, you can use the sample shots below as a guide.

The four shots in the sample each plays a role in telling the story:

  • Wide shot: Where is the story taking place, and what does it look like?
  • Medium shot: Bring the audience closer to the main subject, be it a person or an object.
  • Close-up shot: Show the audience some details.
  • Close-up shot: Use a unique angle to add interest.
The same advice follows for any photos or footage that you find.
  • Shoot in landscape mode (horizontal).
  • Film each shot for at least 10 seconds.
  • Use a tripod if you have one. Or use some support to help stabilize the shots—a table, chair or just anything that you can rest your arms on.

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