Girl Rising Documents Worldwide Challenges

March 10, 2016

In celebration of Women’s History Month, there will be a screening of the film, Girl Rising, which tells the story of nine girls in the developing world who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.girls1

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. in Francis Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

Megan Edwards ’17, a marketing communication major and Peace Corps ambassador, is organizing the screening, which is part of the Peace Corps’ Let Girls Learn initiative — a collaboration between First Lady Michelle Obama and the Peace Corps to expand access to education for adolescent girls around the world.

“Combining the Let Girl’s Learn campaign and the film Girl Rising is important to me because it brings awareness to a big issue — the struggle for a quality education,” Edwards said.

“Girl Rising is more than just a film, but a movement to empower and give voices to girls who would not otherwise have one. The film explores the lives of nine individuals who struggle for education, freedom, and a voice in their home countries. The issue of providing quality education has been a hot topic for a while now, but this film continues the conversation. I hope it will motivate people to get involved.”