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First-Generation University Students Under Spotlight Through New Media GBV Project In Chile

Press Release – NEW YORK – February 7, 2018: An award-winning project empowering young women at risk of experiencing gender-based violence (GBV), will launch in Chile this month.

With a Public Diplomacy Grant awarded by the US Embassy in Santiago, Chile, US-based non-profit, Footage Foundation, will localize it’s Girl-talk-Girl program for young women in their first or second year in the School of Psychology at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile who are the first person in their families to attend university.

Girl-talk-Girl is an impact-proven, digital media arts dialogue initiative that raises awareness of the inequality, violence, and exclusion faced by women. Through the program, young women promote gender equality, engage in peer-to-peer dialogue, and build sustainable skills in technology, communication, storytelling, and leadership. Using an innovative online platform and mobile phones, young women produce and share digital stories (two-five minute narratives) on their experiences.

Executive Director and Co-Founder of Footage Foundation, Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton, said that through this US Embassy grant, ten young first-generation Chilean students would be provided the opportunity to raise their voices, share their experiences, and build on research demonstrating the power of voice, participation, and storytelling to increase connection, awareness, and gender equality.

“One of our aims with this particular program in Chile is to bring the voices of these young women students into a conversation on gender equality, fostering bilateral relations through an international online storytelling platform and international conference with other women participants from Footage programs worldwide,” Dr Eglinton said.

The Chilean women will participate in workshops, produce their own digital stories that will be shared via Footage’s online platform, and be involved in an international participatory advocacy conference with young women who have already participated in Footage’s programs in the USA, Russia, Ukraine, Sweden, France and England.

“A central feature of Girl-talk-Girl is the international online dialogue platform, which was created with funding from the US Department in State, to provide a safe space for young women to share and discuss their experiences around inequality, violence, and exclusion across countries and communities,” Dr Eglinton said.

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