Earlier in the year, I asked for a grant from the PTA so that I could show the film Girl Rising to the students to celebrate International Women’s Day. Fortunately, they gave me a grant of CHF500 to show the movie. The whole film shall be shown to any parent, guest, teacher or student who wishes to see the movie. However, for certain chapters of the movie viewer discretion for students under Year 10 has been advised. These chapters feature themes including forced marriage and gender-based violence. Certain chapters will also be shown to appropriate-age year groups throughout the week.
In the film, you will meet nine inspirational girls. They grew up in unimaginable conditions, yet they stayed strong. Wadley from Haiti, for example, lost her home in an earthquake, and was then was not allowed into the school in the shelter camp. But instead of giving up, she went back every day until she could stay. Azmera of Ethiopia was told she had to marry, but she refused – something almost unheard of. Those are just two of the brave girls who are in Girl Rising.
Before the film, I will ask several questions to make you think and get you into the mindset for the movie. Afterwards, I will ask some more questions to make you think more about the girls after the movie is over. The film will be shown in the Primary Aula at 18:30 on the 8th of March, which is International Women’s Day.
After the movie, I hope you will want to help girls like this have a better life. Here are some things you can do:
- You can create art, music, dance, writing or any other form of self-expression to highlight the importance of girls’ rights.
- If you’re older, you can tell the world about this using social media. Also you can follow Girl Rising on Facebook (Girl Rising) or on Twitter (@GirlRising).
- You can hold a fundraiser to raise money for Girl Rising or any other girl’s charity.
- You can volunteer with any girl’s charity.
I hope that you come to watch this film. I hope that if you do, you’ll be inspired by the girls, like I was. I hope that, like me, you’ll want to help. I hope you’ll want to end the cycle of injustice and give every girl a chance to learn.
By Rebecca LeMoult