The Gwen’s Girls Equity Summit highlighted the challenges and inequalities that affect black girls in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Black girls experience higher rates of violence, more incidents of discrimination in school and more poverty at home than white girls. Those disparities were highlighted in a new report, released Friday, that was funded by the FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

The conference included top local officials including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Dr. Karen Hacker, who leads the Allegheny County Health Department. The main panels featured discussions about inequalities in education, the juvenile justice system and in areas of health and wellness.

PublicSource had a storytelling space at the conference where attendees could tell their personal stories of experiencing bias or discrimination.

If you didn’t have a chance to come to the event or follow it live on social media, these tweets will give you a good sense about what was discussed:

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