Our Timeline

2010-2012

Conceptualization of GFG

2013

Partnership with Obama Administration and racial and gender equality campaign in South Africa and the US

2013-2017

Extensive travel, research and partner building in South Africa with local hospitals and universities, child trauma centers, community-based organizations, and orphanages

2017

Development of training materials on gender-based violence in children and infant and maternal health in communities of color

2017 - 2020

Grassroots community Doula work and birth justice workshops for Black and brown expectant mothers. Partnerships with the Brooklyn Perinatal Network and the New York City Department of Health Doula Pilot Program

2020

Formal founding of GFG and development of our models. Partnerships with Rutgers School of Social Work and the School of Social Work at Monmouth University

2021

GFG awards two mini-grants to global youth and local community organizations. Public webinar and training series on Black girl stigma and responding to girls of color. Development and release of organization toolkits as part of the Brown Skin Girl Toolkit Series. GFG works with over 10 community organizations in capacity building all led by Black Women and Gender Non Conforming leaders.

2022

GFG launches a policy interactive Reproductive and Birth Justice Interactive Map, A Policy Toolkit Series and a Policy & Digital Advocacy focused Webinar series funded by Resist.org. GFG Published Wikipedia’s “Birth Justice” page

Our History

 

Global Foundation For Girls has been in development since 2010 but officially launched in 2020. Our work has always focused on supporting gender-diverse people, birthing persons, and girls of color by providing local organizers with resources, capacity building, and conventions.
The idea for the organization came from social work students and community members who worked with Tammea Tyler, our founder over the past 10 years and felt passionate about the issues facing girls, gender-fluid youth and birthing persons.
As background that inspired our founding, Tammea spent her undergraduate years as a Children’s Rights and Child Studies student at Brooklyn College. The curriculum introduced her to horrible things happening to children worldwide, like kidnappings for child soldiers or youth trafficking. Furthermore, she was appalled to learn that some of these atrocities were happening in the United States, the only country on earth that hasn’t ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). As a graduate student at the Hunter School of Social Work, Tammea studied global social work, community organizing, trauma, gender-based violence, and sexual assault, even receiving a certification to work with refugees and immigrants. Her studies led to her passion for preventing the sexual abuse of children to which she has dedicated her life. In 2010 she founded the Global Social Work Alliance, a student organization that advocated for global awareness topics related to global advocacy and justice. She wrote her thesis on South Africa’s unprecedented occurrences of infant rape; at the time, the country had the highest number of child sexual abuse cases in the world. As she tried to dig further into the topic, she found the issue evoked too much shame as part of the public discourse in South Africa, and the infrastructure was not yet in place to tackle it. She realized that there was more work to do so engaged various community members to start local and international projects related to children and birthing people. These projects would later fall under the banner of GFG.

Tammea, with many partners, ultimately developed different international programs in seven different countries, including South Africa. She and other volunteers used a macro approach to provide capacity building and support focused on social-justice-based solutions to issues identified by the country in question. In 2013, Tammea visited South Africa to conduct research and help develop advisory groups on child sexual abuse and infant rape. Her projects around racial justice and advocacy work had the distinct honor of partnering with the Obama administration as the President, and the first lady, Michelle Obama toured the country that year.
Although GFG was not yet formalized, Tammea and other partners campaigned in poor villages and orphanages, touring shanties, meeting medical professionals and impacted residents at child response clinics. Despite significant strides she found that programs for girls and gender-diverse youth in crisis were still underfunded, understaffed, and poorly coordinated with other response teams. These issues were more pronounced in rural areas, where survivors in need of extensive recovery had few options if any. In addition, after surveying South African prisons, studying the penal code and determining points of contention between the law and convicted perpetrators, she was inspired to take more action to support community groups on the ground leading the charge.
This inspirational trip became the foundation for what would eventually become the Global Foundation for Girls. In South Africa, the community work that we launched created a network of passionate professionals and helped us launch more projects and work with organizations focused on sexual assault, health equity, and global issues.
In 2015, Tammea transitioned to education, becoming an adjunct professor at CUNY in the Children’s Studies and Sociology department. Her courses covered child sexual assault, child soldiers, health equity, infant and maternal mortality, generational trauma, and other human rights and social justice issues. She soon developed a course exclusively dedicated to gender and children in relation to these issues. In 2019, she rounded out her birth justice activation portfolio by becoming a certified doula and Birth Justice Activist. She continued to work with many community partners, activists and leaders around topics of Birth Justice, and Reproductive Justice & Coercion in Black and Brown Communities. She felt education and activism were a key to helping bring awareness to the issues at hand.
After spending over twenty years in the nonprofit sector, Tammea became an executive for a national organization for women of color to make advancements in birth justice, reproductive justice, and sexual violence. Although she was excited to find these 3 core topics under one organization, she found that efforts in these areas focused more on women and less on girls and gender fluid youth. In addition funding for projects focused on girls of color and birthing persons were less accessible.
In 2019, Tammea transitioned to a philanthropic social justice organization where she expanded her knowledge of corporate social responsibility, grantmaking contracts, philanthropy, and managing donor funds. Here she gained new partners in the philanthropic space and began to understand the racial disparities that existed in philanthropy.
In 2020, communities of color found themselves tackling social unrest and a disproportionate number of Covid-19 cases. Tammea and her community peers & partners once again found themselves asking yet again, “what about the children?” They knew from experience that disaster, crisis, and emergency responses often overlook society’s youngest survivors. Children have different needs, and require a different response to their healing than that of their adult family members. It was decided that Global Foundation for Girls would launch and be more formally developed to fill the void in providing global services, particularly to organizations that support gender-diverse youth, birthing persons and girls of color. We focus our work on Gender based violence, Birth & Reproductive Justice, and Children in Crisis.
On June 16, 2020, — International Day of the African Child —– Global Foundation for Girls was officially founded.
Global Foundation for Girls is a philanthropic organization focused on resource distribution, advocacy, and network building for local organizations working with gender-diverse youth, girls of color, birthing persons, and children in crisis all over the world. With ten years in the making, we are ready to get to work!