Joanne N. Smith

Executive Director, Girls for Gender Equity

Joanne N. Smith

Joanne Smith, a Haitian-American social worker, founded Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) in 2001 to end gender-based violence and promote gender, race, and class equity. She co-authored the book Hey Shorty: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and on the Streets, published by the Feminist Press. GGE’s work to combat sexual harassment in schools is featured in the 2014 documentary Anita: Speak Truth to Power. Ms. Smith is a Move to End Violence Cohort One Member.

“We must cause strategic disruption that changes society’s moral compass around trafficking, sexual assault, and violence against girls, women, and gender-nonconforming people of color. This commitment to ending gender-based violence and the devaluing of human rights is lifelong, and I’m honored to fight with survivors, allies, and friends as we say NO MORE.”