Through Girl-talk-Girl, young women will raise their voices while leveling inequalities that sustain gender-based violence

NEW YORK, NY, January 28, 2020 /Neptune100/ — Footage Foundation (Footage) brings Girl-talk-Girl, an award-winning program and the largest digital platform for young women’s voices on gender-based violence (GBV), to Almaty, Kazakhstan this February. In partnership with local organization Rodnik and supported and sponsored by the U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Kazakhstan, Girl-talk-Girl will engage young women university students in digital storytelling on GBV, growing its network of grassroots storytellers, already with representation from the U.S, Russia, Ukraine, and Chile.

According to UN Women, 17% of ever-partnered women aged 18–75 in Kazakhstan have experienced physical and/or sexual violence within an intimate relationship. 21% have experienced psychological abuse. Through Girl-talk-Girl, young women in Almaty will use the program’s mobile application to share their stories with one another and across countries, exploring both unique and common experiences of the GBV that is ever-present in the lives of young women globally.

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Footage, Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton, said, “GBV is one of the world’s most insidious human rights violations. Girl-talk-Girl raises the voices of young women while simultaneously leveling the inequalities that sustain GBV, such as a lack of opportunities and access to trustworthy information, by building the capacities of young women in leadership and technology.”

For additional details and interviews, contact Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton at [email protected].

About Footage Foundation: A nonprofit organization founded by PhD colleagues at Cambridge University, Footage designs innovative, evidence-based programs that use local technology and expressive multimedia tools to improve well-being by bringing the underrepresented voices and experiences of young people into dialogue on the world’s most challenging issues. Based in the U.S., Footage has been working internationally at the intersection of youth, human rights, and GBV for more than a decade.