GLOBALGIRL MEDIA UK LAUNCHES IN LONDON

October 05, 2016

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June 29 (Reuters) - Changing the face of media by putting girls behind the camera and at the centre of the story

On 30 June, GlobalGirl Media UK will launch at the Gherkin in the City of London. Yalda Hakim, BBC World News international correspondent, will be the keynote speaker.

We live in a culturally diverse country that promotes gender equality, and yet females and their views are woefully under-represented - and often misrepresented - in the UK media. So much of our understanding of life, and our place in it, is filtered through the eyes of men. Women are consistently stereotyped and sexualised in the media. Less than 30% of roles in newspapers and television are held by women.

GlobalGirl Media UK is committed to turning up the volume of girls' voices and changing the message, by developing girls' media literacy and giving them a platform. We promote freedom of expression while building self-esteem, leadership capacity and 21st century skills.

This summer, GlobalGirl Media UK will train its first cohort of girls in digital media at South Thames College, Wandsworth. The new students, from diverse and under-served communities throughout London, will learn skills in reporting, video-making and blogging. They will create content from their own, often-overlooked, perspectives.

With the guidance of experienced TV and film professionals, new media mavericks and high-profile bloggers, UK GlobalGirls will become the first members of the London GlobalGirl Newsroom. They will upload their content to our own broadband network, GGMN TV, as well as other wide-reaching platforms, and benefit from the GlobalGirl Media Network worldwide.

Putting girls behind the camera, GGM UK will change the narrative on our screens.

Founded by Amie Williams in the US in 2010, GlobalGirl Media (GGM) develops the voice and media literacy of teenage girls and young women, ages 14-22, in under-represented communities by supporting them to create and share digital journalism, designed to spark community activism and social change. Through mentoring, training and access to a worldwide network of trans-media distribution partners, GGM harnesses the power of digital media to empower young women to bring their stories to the global media stage. GGM has trained 380 young women in four countries - the US, Morocco, South Africa and Kosovo. Global Girls have produced over 380 videos and 400 blogs and partnered with over 40 multimedia companies.

GlobalGirl Media UK Trustees
Gulnaz Can, Sue Carpenter, Olga Inyongo, Tamara Jacobs, Sheena Morjaria, Amie Williams
CONTACT: Tor Bridges, Programme Director
GGMUK@globalgirlmedia.org
www.globalgirlmedia.org
Only 23% of reporters on national daily newspapers in the UK are women
Only 24% of news subjects across global news channels are female
46% of global news content reinforces gender stereotypes; only 6% of stories challenge such stereotypes
Women reporters are more likely than men to make women the subjects of their stories, and are more likely to challenge stereotypes
Source: UK Feminista
"It's essential to give girls a voice, because you are changing the narrative, and in the world we live in today, with all the issues we are confronted with, we have to find some way to alter the narrative"
- Danny Glover / Actor, Activist & GlobalGirl Media spokesperson
"(GlobalGirl Media) is an example of how educating one young woman can transform a community."
- Michelle Obama (blogged after meeting a GGM Reporter in South Africa)
Content provided by GlobalGirl Media via Reuters