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Girls’ Tribunal on Violence

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Event Information

Tuesday, March 5th
2:00 PM
Salvation Army Auditorium 221 E. 52nd Street
*This event will be photographed and videotaped.

Tribunal Jurists

Faith Faith Nenkai Metiaki
Student activist at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Intern at the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and former UN Youth Delegate to CSW 53 and 51.

princePrince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein
Permanent Representative of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the United Nations. Former Jordanian Ambassador to the United States.

Abigail Disney
Filmmaker, philanthropist and activist based in New York City. Producer of “Pray the Devil Back to Hell” and the PBS filmseries “Women, War & Peace”.

DanDan Seymour

UN Women’s Deputy Director of Programmes. Former Human Rights Officer at Save the Children-UK and Chief of UNICEF’s Gender and Rights Unit.


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Girls’ Tribunal Background

The Girls’ Tribunal on Violence is a unique opportunity for teen girls to share the impact that violence has had on their own lives. Girls are the experts of their own experience and the Tribunal will create a space in which girls’ voices are given the respect they deserve. The Tribunal will highlight girls’ experiences with violence and how they have taken steps to move forward and work towards preventing violence. Divided into three topics, the girls’ testimonies will address violence in the media, in their communities and in their schools. Special attention will be given to the ways that girls’ experiences have led them to advocacy and activism against violence.

Tribunal Cases

The Girls’ Tribunal on Violence will have three cases in which girls will testify to how they have experienced and/or addressed a specific type of violence.

Case #1: Media-based Violence

  • According to recent media studies, the average teenage girl is exposed to over 3,000 advertisements each day! And these powerful media sites sell highly sexualized and violent images of girls and girlhood. In this case, witnesses will give testimony to the dangerous personal and societal impacts of the media industry. Witnesses will discuss the importance of media literacy and offer concrete examples of how to ‘talk back’ to the media.
Case #2: Violence in Schools
  • It is estimated that between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience violence every year; most experience this violence in schools. Girls are likely to experience physical and psychological punishment, bullying, sexual violence, and gender-based violence going to, from and in school. Witnesses will give testimony to the various forms of violence they and their peers face in school settings. They will share stories of how they’re working to educate their peers, teachers, parents and community to end violence in schools.
Case #3: Violence in Communities
  • Acts of violence cause more death and disability for women and girls, ages 15 to 44, than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. Nearly half of all sexual assault victims are girls under the age of sixteen. No community is free from interpersonal, collective and structural violences that occur in our neighborhoods, towns and cities. In this case, witnesses will discuss the various forms of violence that impact their communities and share solutions they’ve used to try to end gender-based violence.

Tribunal Organizers

What is a Tribunal?

Tribunals of opinion or popular (peoples’) tribunals have been used to create a “public” space for people to draw attention to critical issues at local, national and global levels. At these Tribunals, persons directly affected by different situations (e.g. poverty, climate change, gender inequality) can present testimony, bring awareness and advocate for fundamental human rights. Tribunal trials are genuine moral sanctions having no official judicial verdict in regard to the State.

As the use of people’s tribunals emerged in the 1960s addressing a wide range of issues, Women’s groups also began to use tribunals and hearings as a way to make visible gender-based abuses often hidden in the “private” contexts of the home, family, personal relationships and traditional practices. Seeing a need to highlight the situation of the feminization of poverty and capture the plight of impoverished women, the Feminist Task force has identified the use of women’s tribunal as a means of raising awareness, providing a platform to rural and grassroots women, and documenting stories and experiences of women, particularly for advocacy and policy changes.

The Feminist Task Force, in collaboration with grassroots, national and international organizations, has spearheaded Women’s Tribunals around the world highlighting issues like poverty and climate justice. In 2011, the Feminist Task Force, partnering with Greenpeace International and Inter Press Service, conducted a series of 17 Women’s Tribunals on Climate Justice in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the United States. For more information on these tribunals, visit the FTF’s Website. This tribunal is the first that FTF has partnered in that will primarily highlight the testimony and experiences of girls.

Special Thanks to…

  • American Association of University Women
  • The Anglican Consultative Council, Women’s Global Fund
  • Congregation of our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd
  • Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas
  • Feminist Majority Foundation
  • Feminist Taskforce – El Salvador
  • Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Girls Learn International
  • Grail- Mozambique and Brazil
  • International Movement for Union Among Races and People
  • Loretto Community
  • The Permanent Mission of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the UN
  • RB Photography
  • The Salvation Army
  • SPARK Summit
  • UNWomen
  • World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts


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