She Matters webinar: Black Girls and Gender-Based Violence – September 10, 2020

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Southwest PA Says No More is proud to be a partner of Gwen’s Girls and the Black Girls Equity Alliance in sponsoring the She Matters webinar series. The next webinar will explore the most prevalent forms of gender-based violence experienced by Black girls in Pittsburgh and highlight community-based interventions. Commercial sexual exploitation, dating violence and missing youth will be explored during the discussion. Hear from advocates about the early warning signs of gender-based violence and the resources needed to end the abuse to prison pipeline experienced by far too many Black girls.

She Matters Webinar Series: Protecting & Uplifting the Well-Being of Black Girls

She Matters: Black Girls and Gender-Based Violence
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Join us via Zoom –Pre-register today!

Participants will:

  • Gain awareness of the unique forms of gender-based violence disproportionately experienced by Black girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny Countb
  • Explore how the concept of Adultification Bias contributes to beliefs about Black girls that perpetuate gender-based violence
  • Learn about evidence-based strategies and promising approaches to ending gender-based violence
  • Hear from national advocates shaping public policy on the topic of gender-based violence
  • Help determine a solutions-based approach to reversing the negative issues highlighted during the webinar


  • Dr. Jamilia Blake, Ph.D., School Psychology Division Coordinator, Texas A&M University, Lead Researcher on Adultification Bias, co-author “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood”
  • Dr. Marlene Carson, The Switch, CEO, Rahab’s Hideaway, Founder
  • Dr. Terri Dilmore, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Clinical Director PsyD Program, Carlow University
  • Twanda Clark-Edgal, Chief Program Officer, Gwen’s Girls
  • Jacki Hoover, LSW, Deputy Director, Allegheny County Children, Youth and Families
  • Dr. Mary Carasco, MD, A Child’s Place at Mercy, Founder

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