Champion of Change: Jimmie Briggs


Award-winning journalist and activist Jimmie Briggs is a co-founder of the Man Up Campaign to engage youth in a global movement to end gender-based violence and advance gender equality. He began his career as a journalist and produced seminal reports on the lives of youth and children soldiers from war-torn countries including Rwanda, Eastern Congo, Afghanistan and the West Bank. His exposure to rape as a weapon of war, trafficking of girls and other forms of gender-based violence motivated him to give up his career as a journalist and become an activist. At the same time, he credits raising his daughter (now 16 years) as a critical factor to his personal transformation as a man and activist. Through these experiences, he states: “the best way to honor women is to listen to women, tell their stories” and his mission is to ensure that men are listening. 

In 2008, he designed and hosted a 10 day landmark conference which was launched at the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. Young people, from 24 countries, were brought together to participate in arts, music and sports, to shine the light on gender-based violence. Over the next 7 years, he sponsored hundreds more workshops in the US and other countries, developing a network of youth leaders in schools and utilizing social media to engage them in projects of their own design to address gender-based violence against women and girls. 

Jimmie is once again focused on writing, speaking and contributing to the public conversation on racism, social justice and human rights. He has just finished authoring The Ferguson Moment, bringing to light issues related to mental health and the effects of trauma on girls of color, and continues to advocate for change locally as a member of the NYC Commission on Gender Equity.

Jimmie is one of the many inspiring people selected as part of our Champions of Change campaign, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of women and girls in the Metro New York area and globally.

This violence video recognizes all the champions in the category of addressing violence against women.

Mary Luke