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Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a feature film and a global action campaign for girls’ education that confirms that powerful storytelling can drive change.

The film, by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, spotlights nine unforgettable girls around the world striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. The storytelling skills of acclaimed writers and voice performances by renowned actors combine to spread this message: educating girls can transform societies.

Now, Girl Rising has grown into a thriving movement that unites girls, women, boys, men, companies, NGOs, and foundations who know that educating girls is the smartest investment of our time. When girls are educated, communities thrive and economies grow – yet 65 million girls are missing from classrooms worldwide, and tremendous opportunities are lost.

Removing barriers to girls’ education – such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to healthcare, and school fees - means not only a better life for girls, but a safer, healthier, and more prosperous world for all.

By using storytelling to change the way the world sees the girl and partnerships to drive impact, Girl Rising is working toward a future in which girls have the same opportunities as boys to go to school, stay in school and become productive members of society.