SPARK summit kicks off October 22 at Hunter College

Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls ignites organizations to action to challenge the sexualization of girls and women

On October 22, 2010, ASAP Initiative at Hunter/CUNY, Hardy Girls, Healthy Women, True Child, and the Women’s Media Center will convene “SPARK Summit: Challenging the Sexualization of Girls and Women” at Hunter College in New York City.  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 2010, 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.  An interactive Web site is being developed for participants to take action in the months leading up to the summit.  For updates, follow the summit on Twitter: @SPARKsummit.

Related Reading

Chen, P., Weiss, F. L., Nicholson, H. J., Girls Incorporated®. (2010). Girls study Girls, Inc.: Engaging girls in evaluation through participatory action research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 46, 228-237. doi:10.1007/s10464-010-9328-7