‘Girl Rising’ to be screened at South Dakota State University

The award-winning documentary “Girl Rising” will be shown at South Dakota State University March 27 to celebrate Women’s History Month. The event will be co-sponsored by Global Studies, Women’s Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies and the Office of International Affairs.

“Girl Rising” is directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and recounts the stories of nine inspirational young girls from around the globe who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. Each girl’s story is written by a renowned writer from her native country and narrated by a celebrated actress.

“Access to a quality education is a tremendous privilege that we tend to take for granted here in the United States,” said SDSU Associate Professor of French Molly Enz, who also teaches global studies. “This film illustrates the power of education to change the world by breaking barriers that prevent girls from attending school, reducing poverty, and promoting peace.”

Around the world, millions of girls face obstacles to education that boys do not. The film shows that when you educate a girl the cycles of poverty can be broken in just one generation. Removing barriers to girls’ education—such as early and forced marriage, domestic slavery, sex trafficking, gender violence and discrimination, lack of access to health care, school fees—means not only a better life for girls, but also a safer, healthier and more prosperous world for all.

“Girl Rising” will be screened March 27 in the Crest/Pheasant Room 253 of the SDSU University Student Union, starting at 6:30 p.m. The film is rated PG-13, and the screening is free and open to the public.



This local event is one of thousands taking place worldwide, including screenings at 60 Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) study abroad centers. SDSU is an institutional member of CIEE, with students and faculty participating in the consortium’s study abroad programs and international faculty development seminars. The screenings have been organized by CIEE participants, alumni, partner organizations and schools to spread the word about eliminating the gender gap in education in developing nations. Each event is registered on the “Girl Rising” campaign map, which was created to capture the attention of global policy leaders and urge them to include educational equality on the post-2015 United Nations agenda.

The film debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and opened in theaters on March 7, 2013—the eve of International Women’s Day. To learn more about “Girls Rising” and view a short trailer, visit http://girlrising.com.



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