Spark Summit - Challenging the Sexualization of Girls
New York, NY- Hunter College
On the heels of APA’s task force report that found the sexualization of girls so pervasive that “virtually every media form studied provides ample evidence,” a coalition of organizations is taking action.
SPARK stands for Sexualization Protest: Action, Rebellion, Knowledge
Current SPARK partners include:
Women's Media Center
Hardy Girls Healthy Women
ASAP Initiative at Hunter College/CUNY
The SPARK Summit will bring together girls and media professionals, thought leaders and funders, researchers and activists – and will serve as a national call to action and campaign for change. As a first step towards building a broader coalition, a convening was held in May, thanks to generous funding from the NoVo Foundation. Participants included the Ford Foundation, Girls Inc, the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and the APA, which will be a part of the summit’s policy/research committee.
Who: girls, girl-serving organizations, activists, media professionals, researchers, funders, thought leaders and allies
The SPARK summit is an exciting day-long event with the purpose of igniting a movement for girls' rights. Participants will have the opportunity to speak out, push back on the sexualization of girls, learn, and have fun with one another!
An interactive website is being developed for participants to take action in the months leading up to the summit.
If you are interested in partnering with us, supporting our work, or promoting the summit, please email SPARKsummit@gmail.com
For updates, follow the summit on Twitter: @SPARKsummit.