16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence 2017

 Design by Lillian Parry

Design by Lillian Parry

Read our press release to see how we participated in this year's international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence campaign!

Be sure to visit "Her Routes and Roots," a series we published to share the stories of displacement undergone and told by young women participants in our Her{connect}Her program. Their journeys underscore our 16 Days theme, #FromConflictToConnection, which focuses on the ways girls and women affected by conflict and displacement are at particular risk of gender-based violence, as well as their resilience and pivotal moments of strength and connection, in spite of the isolating barriers they face. 

E.D. Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton Featured in "Inspiring Stories About Women Changing the World"

"Inspiring Stories About Women Changing the World"
Helaina Hovitz, Reader's Digest
May 23, 2017

"Raising the voices of young women both here and overseas who have survived violence and overcome other struggles has become Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton's mission in life. 'I was doing fieldwork in Yukon Territory when young people began seeking me out and asking me to help them to share their experiences with youth in other communities,' says Eglinton, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Footage Foundation. 'I knew what I was doing went beyond research, that there was potential for combining empathy, compassion, and connection with new media arts.' She has focused on the power of narrative, compassion, and connection in individual and community development. 'Knowing your own suffering can help others feel less alone is as important to feeling human as food and shelter.'"

Read more here.

Footage's Zoe Smolen Writes Post on Footage for Vina Zine!

"I had been in New York City for less than three months when I first met Kristen Eglinton. Kristen is the Executive Director and one of the Co-founders of Footage Foundation, an international non-profit that works to amplify the voices of underserved communities. (Not to mention her work as a textbook author)! At the time, I was looking for a community in New York- something that Kristen and Footage Foundation has provided for so many young women, including myself."

Read more here.

Headlines for the Hopeful Features Footage and Girl-talk-Girl

Female Survivors Use Custom Tech For Social Change

January 6, 2017, Helaina Hovitz

"Everyone has a voice, but even in a video-heavy world, not everyone’s voice can be heard. For young women around the globe, their silence is more deafening than words—but one organization is working to make sure that by giving them the power to speak up, they can create meaningful change."

Read the rest of the article here.

Footage's #ConnectsMe Campaign Reveals Common Humanity

In conjunction with our fall 2016 crowdfunding campaign to amplify the voices of young women refugees, we engaged the public in our #ConnectsMe initiative, both on the streets and social media. Through mail tags, tweets, and community dialogue, we have discovered and curated the experiences, feelings, and values that connect us all to forcibly displaced individuals throughout the world. As the global community seeks solutions to the current refugee crisis, we ask you to consider what connects you to refugees. View the public's thoughtful and moving responses below. Thank you to everyone who participated on and off line, revealing powerful aspects of our shared humanity. For example, @mbbarthman tweeted: "Wanting health for my family #ConnectsMe to refugees. #HerConnectHer @footageyouth."

Homerton College, Cambridge University Hosts Art Show Benefiting Footage

Artist and Professor Richard Hickman, PhD, Faculty of Education at University of Cambridge, exhibited his art at a show benefiting Footage Foundation throughout the month of November 2016. The show was a great success, with paintings purchased by the Faculty of Education, by Homerton College, and by numerous attendees. We are grateful for this generous support of our organization. For more information on the exhibition contact us on info@footageyouth.org. 

Read our 2016 Annual Appeal

Our Dear Footage Supporters,
The coming year brings uncertain times for many of us. This uncertainty is even more profound for the young women we reach with our programs. At this moment in history, when human displacement is at the highest ever recorded, when fear and division dominate our discourse, when voices are increasingly silenced, when inequality and violence against women, LGBTQ, and other marginalized groups soar, our work at Footage, which cultivates radical compassion and fosters healing and connection across individuals, groups, communities, and nations is more essential than ever.
Once a year, we run this Appeal to keep Footage programs thriving, and this year, it is with a sense of urgency that as Executive Director, and on behalf of the truly dedicated impassioned Footage team, I begin with an intensely heartfelt and direct request.

Read more from Executive Director Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton here.

Footage Foundation Hosting Twitter Chat for 16 Days of Activism, Dec. 5, 2016

#AreYouBraveEnough Twitter Chat
Monday, December 5th, 2016, 11-11:30 am EST
for the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence (GBV)

Join Footage Foundation in dialogue on the power of storytelling in eliminating GBV. During the half hour, we will tweet the following three questions. Please, amplify your voice, share your ideas, and tweet your responses at us (@footageyouth). We look forward to hearing from you.


Q1. How can storytelling be used as a tool to end violence against girls and young women?

Q2. What does ethical storytelling look like in the context of violence against girls and young women?

Q3. How can storytelling across generations and/or amongst peers mitigate violence against girls and young women? 


#AreYouBraveEnough or #AYBE

#16DaysofActivism or #16Days

Example: "A2: Ethical storytelling provides safe spaces for the creation and sharing of stories. @footageyouth #AYBE #16Days"


The fine print:

Footage Foundation designs impactful, sustainable initiatives, accessing and sharing unheard voices of young people on challenging global issues, using local, mobile technology; multimedia methods; and other expressive tools. Our evidence-based initiatives spark change at individual and global levels, forming grassroots movements with compassion and empathy at their core.

#AreYouBraveEnough is a call to action to help us amplify the voices of brave young women who are sharing lived experiences of gender-based violence through our Girl-talk-Girl program.

Girl-talk-Girl has developed a dynamic collaboration between young women at-risk to violence in New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia. Through this project, participants engage in mVoiceWorks©, then produce and share mobile digital stories, which serve as a platform to spark peer-to-peer dialogue. Participants have also been trained as leaders and guided additional young women through the transformative process of telling their stories.

Footage Foundation: Raising voices to elevate lives.
footageyouth.org | info@footageyouth.org | girltalkgirl.org

Footage presents at GIV.NYC 2016 as a Top 10 Nonprofit in NYC & Wins 4th Place!

Thanks to our dedicated and steadfast supporters, we were voted one of the Top 10 Nonprofits in NYC on Givkwik's GIV.NYC platform. In result, we pitched our mission, programs, and impact at their Giving Tuesday event among inspiring, visionary organizations and individuals.

 Executive Director Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton and Assistant Program Manager/Girl-talk-Girl Leader Zoe Smolen on stage at GIV.NYC. Photo courtesy of Givkwik.

Executive Director Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton and Assistant Program Manager/Girl-talk-Girl Leader Zoe Smolen on stage at GIV.NYC. Photo courtesy of Givkwik.

Our generous community of supporters who voted for us on Giving Tuesday carried us to 4th place at the event, awarding us a $1,386 grant. We are so grateful for and flattered by the opportunity, encouragement, and connections made through our participation. Thank you to everyone who believes in the power of youth voice as much as we do.

 Members of the Footage team at GIV.NYC.

Members of the Footage team at GIV.NYC.

Footage Foundation invites public and private sector to join 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence - Read our press release

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Footage Foundation invites private sector organizations to host short interactive workshops on the power of storytelling during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, and to join its public #AreYouBraveEnough Twitter chat on December 5th. Footage will also release new stories on social media from its Girl-talk-Girl program during the 16 Days, and asks organizations and individuals to share them across their networks. Planned activities aim to amplify the key role of voice in combating violence against women, and continue the dialogue sparked by Girl-talk-Girl participants in New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Through Girl-talk-Girl, young women in both cities used human-centered design to adapt a mobile digital storytelling application, produced narratives based on lived experiences of violence, shared their stories across countries and cultures, and led their peers through the program.

To date, more than 70 young women have been impacted, and more than 50 digital stories have been produced. Footage aims to scale its methods to provide access to 840 more participants in 2017.

"We have established a dynamic dialogue on gender-based violence between young women in America and Russia. The 16 Days of Activism is an impactful opportunity for similar collaboration among the private and public sectors," Executive Director Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton said.

Corporations interested in hosting Footage's workshops during the 16 Days of Activism or partnering as program sponsors may send inquiries to info@footageyouth.org. Corporations will receive media packages to promote their workshop participation across platforms and have the opportunity to join Footage's formal recognition program.

Footage measures its impact on five drivers of change, each catalyzing transformation aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The 16 Days campaign begins Friday, November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women) and runs until Saturday, December 10th (International Human Rights Day).

Footage designs impactful, sustainable programs that use local technology and expressive multimedia tools to bring the underrepresented voices and experiences of young people, particularly young women, into conversations on the world's most challenging issues including gender-based violence and forced displacement. Watch the short documentary on Girl-talk-Girl.

Contact Dr. Kristen Ali Eglinton, Executive Director at kae@footageyouth.org for more information.

Campaign Relaunch: Amplify Voices of Young Women Refugees!

Deepest gratitude for so passionately investing in the expansion of Girl-talk-Girl to include the voices of young women refugees. Our first crowdfunded initiative continues as we’ve reached almost $8,000. We believe that as the refugee crisis destabilizes lives and communities, the voices of young women–the backbone of those communities–need to be heard. Therefore, it is with a sense of urgency that we put your investment in our ground-breaking voice programs to immediate use.

This Autumn, we will commence working with young women refugees in three communities across Europe to address their experiences with conflict, violence, and war. 

Read the rest of our announcement here:


As part of our crowdfunding campaign to bring our award-winning Girl-talk-Girl digital storytelling program to young women refugees, we have taken to the streets to discover how the public feels when someone is brave enough to tell their story. We have asked supporters to make signs, finish the sentence, "When someone is brave enough to tell their story, I feel _____," and send us their photos. We are sharing responses across social media with the hashtag #AreYouBraveEnough.

Whether you have already donated or want to join the campaign in an interactive way, tell us how YOU feel when someone is brave enough to tell their story. We are so moved by what we are hearing, and can't wait to hear your voice.

View the many, powerful responses here.