Last week, my colleague Vanessa and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend the UK premiere hosted at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
As well as showing the film, the night also hosted talks on the importance of educating girls in developing countries; emphasising the incredible adversity and barriers that are still alarmingly rife in the developing world.
Did you know?
- Globally, 66 million girls are out of school. (UNESCO)
- 80% of all human trafficking victims are girls. (UNFPA)
- There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school (Education First)
These harrowing figures, coupled with the films touching portrayal of nine true stories about girls struggling against poverty, compelled me to share this message:
What does education mean to you?
This question was on the lips of most in attendance, or if not on their lips, then certainly in their minds.
What does it mean to me?
It means opportunity. It means the foundation of how I understand the world and interact with it: who I am as a person.
To think that these basic rights are denied to some, through adversity, poverty and, worst of all, exploitation and inequality should move all who see this film into action.
This film and the girl’s stories offer inspiration and an education to us, the lucky ones, to use this insight as a springboard to take action; to share our new understanding of these issues with the world and make a difference.
Girl Rising can come to your local Cinema!
Take action! Utilise social media, create a group and invite friends who want to watch this film and support the cause. If you can pull together 100 people then Girl rising can come to your local cinema and you too, can make a difference and start to change the world.
This article was written by Richard Mason, Senior Account Manager at WAYN