on girl rising

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“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” – Brigham Young

I want everyone to watch that movie! It is an incredible documentary that introduces us to a number of girls that stood up for themselves, stood up for what they believe in, stood up for a generation of young women growing up. I was stunned by their stories and the marvelous story telling the team behind this project managed. Captivating, Fascinating, Heart wrenching.

Those girls portrayed come from marginalized realms of society. Yet, they all face their life with inspiring motivation and ambition to learn, develop their ideas and conquer the world. They face hardships in a variety of form, yet, the most crucial one is finances of their families and traditional cultural mindsets. In some of the stories, the parents go without luxury in benefit of their girls and always have their back. In some, particularly fathers follow traditions and do undermine the girl’s potentials. Even suppress any personal drive and interest the girl has.

-my body is a resource that could be spend for men’s pleasure or profit-

No girl should ever have to face such a revelation! Educating girls is a long-term investment that is bound to improve society.

  • Two-thirds of the774 million illiterate people in the world are female
  • If all mothers completed primary education, maternal deaths would be reduced by two-thirds, saving 98,000 lives
  • If all girls had a secondary education, there would be two-thirds fewer child marriages
  • There are also 34million female adolescents out of school, missing out on the chance to learn vital skills for work (UNESCO 2013)

Education is the stepping stone to a career of ones own, to an independent life, to the ability to support your family, to change. All of the girls featured are on the verge of taking their life in their own hands. They will be role models for generations to come. I am tired of seeing girls struggle. Seeing women struggle for their rights. Even in Europe, North America, the so called developed world, women still face many obstacles in living a self-determined life. Women not getting into leading job positions, not receiving equal pay. This issue is not as far from us as we would like to push it. So let’s keep working towards changing the world.

-this life is mine to make – I am change –
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