GLOBALGIRL MEDIA UK LAUNCHES IN LONDON
The London hub of GlobalGirl Media launched on June 30, 2016 at the ‘Gherkin’, the iconic skyscraper in the City of London. Influential women – and a few men! – in media, film and women’s organisations gathered to learn more about GGM and our mission to change the male narrative. With under 30% of women in key roles in the British media, and the country in a state of upheaval, it is an opportune time to train more girls in digital media skills. In August 2016, GlobalGirl Media UK trained its first cohort at South Thames College in South London.
Speakers at the launch included GGM UK’s Ambassador, Yalda Hakim, BBC World News International Correspondent, and one of Kosovo’s first GlobalGirls, Medina Mehmeti.
Programme Director of GGM UK Tor Bridges said: ‘Females are still under-represented in the media, and their views are often misrepresented, and that’s largely because it’s men who’ve set the agenda. Girls continue to be stereotyped and sexualised in the media, and this has a negative impact on their self-esteem. When we shut the views of entire segments of society out, we limit the possibilities of our culture and the possibility for dialogue, and that’s not just bad for girls, it’s bad for boys too. GGM UK is committed to turning up the volume of girls’ voices, putting girls both in front of and behind the camera and at the centre of the story.’
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Yalda Hakim, BBC World News International Correspondent and GGM UK Ambassador:
‘Only if we have this broad spectrum of voices within the media can we truly understand our societies’
Medina Mehmeti, Kosovo GlobalGirl, came over from Pristina to tell guests about her experience as a GlobalGirl:
‘I feel really lucky and proud to be part of GGM Kosovo. It helped me to be more confident and more brave to say what I feel and what I really think.’
Tor Bridges, Programme Director of GGM UK:
‘We are committed to turning up the volume of girls’ voices, putting girls both in front of and behind the camera and at the centre of the story.’
Guests, including founder Trustee of GGM UK Tamara Jacobs (in pink dress), at the launch party at the ‘Gherkin’ in London