PHWB and Half The Sky Movement Presents: Girl Rising
Film has become an increasingly popular medium for outreach, education, and awareness of certain issues in our modern world. An organization called Girl Rising is using this powerful medium of film to showcase a prevalent issue that affects 65 million girls worldwide- it’s their lack of access to education.
Public Health Without Borders and Half the Sky are partnering to show a screening of the Girl Rising film on campus to shed light on this issue, and hopefully, to inspire students to take a stand against injustice.
Girl Rising features nine girls from different parts of the world, such as Haiti, Peru, and Nepal, where the stigma of women prevents them from getting an education, further debilitating their status and prospects. You get to be immersed in these girls’ struggles as high-profile celebrities narrate their experiences. Even though some stories are reenacted and some girls themselves do not appear in the film (for safety reasons), their stories convey a certain kind of honesty and emotion that is hard to ignore. You find yourself rooting for these girls as they fight to find their voice. The film also features statistics about girls’ education and female rights that are unsettling, and they show that a lot of work needs to be done.
So what can you do to help? Come to the Hoff Theater at Stamp on December 2nd to see the screening of Girl Rising. You can also look up Girl Rising, which is partnered with other organizations dedicated to the same cause. You can make a change by taking a small step. It can start with watching this film here with us on campus.
Light refreshments will be served.