Gender Equality Festival

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Date/Time: 27/08/2006 12:00 am

In a world where boys are still made fun of for wanting to jump double-dutch
and girls are still kicked off the basketball courts because they might
“break a nail” while playing, Girls for Gender Equity is proud to organize
the first New York City Festival for Gender Equality on August 27th 11am –
4pm. Open to all New Yorkers, it will be held at Von King Park in Brooklyn,
NY and feature entertainment by musicians, spoken word artists, and theater
performers; workshops and other fun activities for children and adults; free
food and giveaways; and appearances from local politicians. Over 70
community organizations will participate including Brooklyn Children’s
Museum, Forest Hills Community House, Global Action Project, Loisaida, New
York Police Department, Planned Parenthood, Schomburg Center, Street
Harassment Project, and Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.
“I feel it’s important to have a New York City Festival for Gender Equality
as greater awareness needs to be raised around the sexism, harassment and
violence girls and women face every day on the street, in playgrounds and
schools, at the work place and at home. NYC must come together to let
everyone know we will not tolerate discrimination or abuse against girls and
women in any form, any time, anywhere,” says Oraia Reid, co-founder of
The Gender Equality Festival is a free public event for education,
networking, resource sharing, community interaction, arts and recreation.
Workshops on a wide variety of topics – responding to street harassment,
media literacy, HIV/AIDS, communicating with your child, youth leadership,
yoga, health care access, democratic education and more – will be offered
throughout the day to children and adults. The Grand Street Campus girls’
soccer team will lead a mother-daughter soccer clinic, where girls and their
sisters, mothers, cousins, friends, aunts and grandmothers are all invited
to learn basic skills and then show them off in a short game.
Representing local politics at the event are Councilwoman Helen Sears,
Democratic Senate nominee Jonathan Tasini, Democratic Congressional
candidate Chris Owens, Green Party Lt Governor candidate Alison Duncan, and
State Senator Carl Andrews (D). Not to be missed are performances by hip hop
artist Carlethal, poet and educator Piper Anderson, singer/songwriter Chris
Pureka, activist dance and theater group Zany Angels, queer youth performers
Generation Q, Palestinian stand-up comedian and co-founder of the New York
Arab American Comedy Festival Maysoon Zayid, and the folk-hip hop hybrid
sounds of Mahogany. The afternoon will wind down with a keynote speech from
Councilwoman Yvette Clarke!
All attendees will receive a gift from one of the Festival for Gender
Equality Sponsors: Akademics, American Girl, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX),
Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Brownstone Books, Candle Café, Eva Scrivo
Salon, Finetune Pilates Studio, Harriet’s Alter Ego, Madame Tussauds NY,
Museum of Television & Radio, Palacinka, Pretty Tough Sports, Regal
Entertainment, Road’s End Organics, St. Marks Bookshop, The Home Spa, Wm.
Wrigley Jr. Company.
– For more details, contact Jessica at 718-857-1393 or intern@gges.info, or
check out our website at http://www.gges.info/latest-news.php.