State Dept Sponsors Girl Be Heard’s First Caribbean Tour
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, March 8, 2016 To kick off Women’s History Month, Girl Be Heard has been invited by the US Embassy in Trinidad and Tobago to bring their award-winning performances (both Trafficked and Girl Power: Survival of the Fittest) and girl empowerment workshops to a detention center, schools and community centers in Trinidad, March 4-11.
The tour marks the beginning of a groundbreaking partnership between Girl Be Heard and The U.S. Embassy in Trinidad, Ms. Brafit, Population Services International Caribbean, the Heroes Foundation, and Vital Voices. All activities are in conjunction with International Women’s Day (March 5th), and Women’s History Month (March).
“Since its founding in 2011, Girl Be Heard youth has used theatre to shed light on human rights issues locally and globally,” says Jessica Greer Morris, Executive Director of Girl Be Heard. “We are excited to pioneer our first tour in the Caribbean and share our Girl Empowerment Program with youth in Trinidad and Tobago.”
“A number of our girls have roots in the Caribbean.” says Abigail Ramsay, Director of Global Partnerships. “So this partnership has a special significance for all of us. Our cast of five represent Antigua, Barbados, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, and my family is from St. Elizabeth and Clarendon in Jamaica.”
In March GBH participated in the annual Vital Voices Global Mentoring Walk at the Queen’s Park Savannah, performed a special girl empowerment show and led workshops with teen girls at St. Jude’s School for Girls, performed at Bishop Centenary College, GBH has a sold-out performance for schools and members of the public at the Central Bank Auditorium, performed for the 2Cents Movement/Women’s Day event, UWE Speak (spoken word/performance) at University of West Indies and GBH engaged in a private performance at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad
Girl Be Heard started in 2008 as a twelve-girl performance collective. Today, the renowned theater company supports 170 female performers ages 12-21, and is dedicated to empowering young girls and women through creative expression. Their performances of original work educate, empower, and engage audiences about issues ranging from bullying to body image. It is a global movement that has performed at the White House, United Nations, State Department, TED conferences, and in under-served communities in New York and around the world.