This past Wednesday, September 14th 2016, a group of our BALI alumnae got to be a part of the first ever Girls Govern Town Hall, a wonderful event held at the George Washington University in Washington DC. BALI is proud to say that we were a collaborating partner, along with Global Girl Media (GGM) in creating The Girls Govern Town Hall and the first Girls Bill of Rights.
BALI staff Ebony and Oriela, along with our board member Cynthia McKnight, accompanied the 14 proud BALI alumnae to DC, some of whom participated in the event as panelists and moderators.
The Girls Govern Town Hall event started with a wonderful performance from Girl Be Heard and followed with a BALI girl, Jasmine Amladi, and a GGM girl reading the Girls Bill of Rights, as it was voted on from thousands of girls around the country.
The Girls Town Hall included 3 panels on very important issues to girls and young women today and multiple keynote speakers from all three sectors: public, private, and nonprofit.
The first panel, where our own Maia Regman served as panelist, talked about how Girls Rights Are Human Rights, speciifically about the issue of rape culture in the United States.
The second panel was called Navigating Social Media and Free speech and our own Bharvi M.Chavre was a panelist, where the discussion revolved around the importance of having free speech while also beeing safe.
The third panel was called Should She Run and it revolved around the issue of the lack of girls and women in politics and panelists and moderators, including our own Natasha Dodge, spoke about the importance of having more girls and women in politics from the lowest level of government to the highest, as well as the impact the current presidency is having on them considering one of the leading candidates in the US presidency elections is, for the first time in US history, a woman.
Pictures above (left to right):
Picture 1: Bali Alumnae on the bus to DC, left to right, Kay, Nicole, Bharvi and Farzana
Picture 2: Bali girls arrive in front of Jack Morton Auditorium at the George Washington University, Washington DC, where they are interviewed by Precious Fasekin of GGM
Picture 3: Bali's Jasmine Amladi (left) reads the Girls Bill of Rights with a GGM girl
Picture 4: Bali staff and Bali alumnae take a group picture at the Girls Govern Town Hall event