Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World

One girl with courage is a revolution.

Yesterday, I had the privilege to be invited to attend the press preview of Girl Rising here in the Philippines. It is a worldwide campaign supported by Intel Philippines, Plan International, and Asian Development Bank to get the word out on the importance of educating all the girls in the world. Girl Rising believes that education is a powerful tool in liberating girls from various forms of discrimination, poverty, slavery, and other forms of abuse.

I’m a girl and I have a 2-year-old girl so I’m all for supporting this advocacy, most especially here in our country. I’ve seen from locally-produced documentaries, and I even saw this truth myself that a lot of Filipina girls from remote and rural parts of our country do not have access to education in the form of lack of teachers, books, classrooms. Some of these girls are forced to drop out of school due to poverty, early pregnancy, trafficking, and child labor.

I was able to see this powerful documentary also yesterday. It was a light movie but it would really inspire you to get you moving. During the Press Preview of Girl Rising, we were introduced to two girls:

  1. Wadley (Haiti) – a persevering girl who was prohibited from attending her old school because they don’t have money to pay the school fees. They lost their home due to a very strong earthquake that hit their community in Haiti.
  2. Suma (Nepal) – She was 6 years old when she was sold to slavery, and became a Kamlari. She had served 3 masters since then before she was finally set free because of the prohibition of this system by the Nepalese government.

The full Girl Rising film runs for 1 hour and 41 minutes (141 minutes).

Intel, Plan International,and ADB drive awareness on girls’ education

“Girl Rising” showcases power of education to change the world

Manila, Philippines, 3 October 2013 – As part of their global effort to promote the importance of girls education and to celebrate the International Day of the Girl on October 11, 2013, Intel, Plan International, and the Asian Development Bank will screen the documentary film “Girl Rising: Educate Girls, Change the World” at various community areas nationwide starting October 11.

“Girl Rising” is a groundbreaking film directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries. With voice performances by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloe Moretz, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, “Girl Rising” showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

(L-R) Calum Chisholm (Country Manager Intel Philippines), Carin Van der Hor (Country Director, Plan International), Shireen Lateef (Asian Development Bank Senior Advisor for Gender, Yvonne Flores (Corporate Communications Manager, Intel Philippines)

Despite efforts by the government and organizations to ensure the protection of children and to provide for their special needs, more help is needed to uplift the situation of children in the Philippines because of widespread poverty, especially in the rural areas, and social inequality. According to a recent study by Plan International, girl children from poor families are disadvantaged and fall prey to child labor, exploitation and lack of access to basic services primarily because of their status in life.

Advocacies and campaigns that benefit women and children still need to be deepened and shared with the vast public. By documenting moving examples of how education can help fight gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions out of poverty, “Girl Rising” complements Plan International’s global five-year campaign, Because I am a Girl (BIAAG).


Carin Van der Hor, Country Director, Plan International

“Since its conception in 2012, our BIAAG campaign is designed to create sustainable projects in developing countries like the Philippines and to give girls access to clean water, food, healthcare, education, and protection from violence and exploitation. We are optimistic that the screening of “Girl Rising” will promote awareness on the need for education as a means to equip, enable and empower girls of all ages to acquire the assets, skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in life,” said Carin Van der Hor, Country Director, Plan International. Plan International has served the Philippines for about 52 years and continues to develop projects that address key issues affecting children.

“Most developing countries in Asia and the Pacific have earned high marks for a dramatic rise in primary education enrollment rates over the last decade, but daunting challenges remain, as the gender gap, especially in secondary education, is still very large,” said Shireen Lateef, ADB’s Senior Advisor for Gender.


Shireen Lateef, ADB’s Senior Advisor for Gender

With more than $8.2 billion in loans and grants to the education sector over the past 40 years, ADB has a long track record in assisting its developing member countries achieve the goal of quality education for all. Despite these efforts, millions of girls in the region have limited or no access to education.

As a founding strategic partner of 10×10, the organization that created “Girl Rising”, Intel is proud of the film and of the global social action campaign that accompanies it. Intel believes that education is a fundamental right for everyone, and that broader access to education for girls and women will significantly catalyze social progress and help drive worldwide economic growth. Intel has worked for decades to improve education globally, and has invested more than $ 1 billion on campaigns that aim to improve education in more than 60 countries over the past decade alone.

“We’ve seen the inspiring transformation that happens to girls and their communities when they are empowered through education. Here in the Philippines, Intel is hard at work to promote the vital message of “Girl Rising”by partnering with various organizations that help spread the word to the grassroots girl child, their parents, and their neighbors,” said Calum Chisholm, Country Manager, Intel Philippines.

“More importantly, through our global and local partnerships and programs, we are able to help women develop skills for them succeed in life and prepare for a better future. Last year, Intel supported the Philippine Women Digital Literacy Campaign that trained at least 7,000 women on basic PC skills, through which they learned how to help their children with their studies, and at the same time, opened doors for work opportunities.”


Calum Chisholm, Country Manager, Intel Philippines

Intel’s global and local partnerships and programs emphasize technology and digital literacy to accelerate change, improve lives and transform economies. Some of Intel’s successful education campaigns in the Philippines include the Intel Teach Program, which has trained over 132,000 teachers in the country, Intel Easy Steps, which trains adult learners on digital literacy skills, and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, which gives young scientists the chance to showcase their projects and ideas to the world.

To raise awareness on this noble advocacy for women and girls, and reach out to more people, kick-off screenings will be held at the:

  • Jose Rizal University in Mandaluyong City (October 11, 1:30 – 3:00PM), 
  • Munoz Covered Court, Betty Lou Daul Center (BLDC), Batasan Hills in Quezon City (October 11, 3:00 – 5:00pm), 
  • Children International Youth Health Corps, BLDC (October 13), 
  • Children International Merry Meal Time Facilitators, BLDC (October 26), 
  • Children International Junior Librarians, BLDC (November 16)
  • Children International Aflatoun Club Facilitators, BLDC (November 30).     

Join us by raising your awareness on the Girl Rising revolution, please catch the above-mentioned film showing schedules. Talk about it in your social media accounts using: #GirlRising.

Or you can also host a film showing for your group of friends / community by emailing girlrisingph@fit-ed.org. For more information on the film, please log on to www.10x10act.org or visit http://girlrising.com

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