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Monday’s Madame: Nefertiti Martin

Age: 23

 Location: Brooklyn, NY

Why She Inspires Us: Nefertiti Martin is currently the community organizer for Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), an inter-generational grassroots organization committed to the physical, psychological, social, and economic development of girls and women. Martin specifically works with GGE’s Sisters In Strength (SIS) Youth Organizer program, a two-year opportunity for young women of color to build sisterhood, learn and develop organizing skills, and promote gender equality in their community.

SIS youth organizers are currently conducting research on how harsh discipline in schools negatively impacts students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans students, students with special needs, and students from other marginalized backgrounds. As a writer and performance artist, the arts have fueled Martin’s passion for organizing and social justice. She has collaborated and studied with various organizations that exist to advance LGBT youth, women and communities for people of color, including The Possibility Project, FIERCE, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, In the Life Media, the Lesbian Cancer Initiative and Theatre Askew Youth Performance Experience.

In 2013, Martin was honored by The Grio’s 100 List! as “African-American history makers and industry leaders who are fostering change in their local communities and nationwide,” who “possess the qualities to make a difference in the lives of all Americans.” With this recognition, Martin joins the ranks of Melissa Harris-Perry and Janet Mock!

See some of Nefertiti’s organizing work featured in the upcoming documentary Anita: Speaking Truth to Power. Watch the trailer here. Get tickets here.

Learn more about Girls for Gender Equity here:



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