“One girl with courage is a revolution.” – Girl Rising
By now, most of us have heard the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was shot by the Taliban simply because she fought for her education and the education of girls in her country. While Malala’s story has become an inspiration throughout the world, earning her a Nobel Peace Prize nomination in 2013, her story is unfortunately one that millions of girls throughout the world share.
Girls like Wadley, who was just seven years old when Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake destroyed her home and school. But she refused to give up on her education, even as she was turned away from the schoolhouse day after day. Or Sokha, who grew up as a Cambodian child of the dump, orphaned and forced to pick through garbage to survive. Somehow, Sokha found her way to school and became an unlikely star pupil.
These are just two of the nine incredible stories in Girl Rising, a documentary film that uses “powerful storytelling to deliver a simple, critical truth: Educate girls and you will change the world.”
The film, released in spring of 2013, has spawned a global grassroots movement with the mission of spreading the word that educating girls is not only the right thing to do, but the smart thing to do. Why? According to the World Bank, a girl with one extra year of education can earn 20 percent more as an adult. If India enrolled just one percent more girls in school, its GDP would rise by $5.5 billion, according to the CIA World Factbook. And, according to UNICEF, an educated mother is more than twice as likely to send her children to school.
You can make a difference in ensuring that girls receive the education they deserve. Click here to see how you can share, invest in and support the Girl Rising movement. As Girl Rising notes, “an educated girl can empower herself, lift her family, help her community, change her country.” And you can help her reach her potential.