Director: Richard E Robbins
Run Time: 103 minutes
In this documentary Academy award-nominated director Richard E Robbins tackles the tough topic of educational rights for girls on a global scale. This documentary tells the story of nine girls from nine different countries and their struggles to overcome societal and cultural barriers in order to obtain an education. Each story was written by the girls with the assistance from local writers and voiced by renowned actresses.
This documentary sparked an organization, also called Girls Rising, and a global campaign for girls’ education. Their mission is to “change the way the world values the girl.” For more information on the Girl’s Rising organization, please visit their website.
Here are some facts about girls’ education on a worldwide scale courtesy of Girls Rising’s website:
1. There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school. (Education First: An Initiative of the United Nations Secretary General. 2012.)
2.66 million girls are out of school globally. (2012 EFA Global Monitoring Report)
3. Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children. (National Academies Press, 2005)
4. 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year. That’s 38 thousand today - or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA, 2012)
5. Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school. (UNICEF, 2010.)