Mar 072013
 

images-8Make sure to see the feature film, Girl Rising, ‘in a theatre near you’ starting on March 7th. The heroines are nine remarkable girls from Peru, Haiti, Egypt, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Ethiopia, India, Nepal and Cambodia.  Their stories are so remarkable that big star names do the narration.  Involved in the project are: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washinton, Chloe, Moretz, Selena Gomez, Freida Pinto Priyanka Chopra and Alicia Keys

These are facts from Huffington Post:

This hauntingly moving film also reveals some harrowing facts. Sixty-six million girls are out of school worldwide. Girls are the victims of 80 percent of all human trafficking crimes. Girls and women are the victims of 75 percent of the AIDS cases in Sub-Saharan Africa, the region hardest hit by this disease. One hundred and fifty million girls are victims of sexual violence in a single year and 50 percent of all the sexual assaults in the world are on girls under 15. Fourteen million girls under 18 will be married this year and, tragically, the number 1 cause of death for girls 15 – 19 is childbirth. A girl born on Planet Earth has a 1 in 4 chance of being born into poverty. And yet…. If India enrolled 1 percent more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children. A child born to a literate mother is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5. A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20 percent more as an adult, and educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. Is it any surprise that a revolution is brewing and that girls are beginning to rise up?

Please support this movie by getting as many of your friends as possible to view this project.

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