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Do Girls Matter?

Yes!

But the sad fact is, that in many communities they do not matter, nearly as much as boys.

If you manage to scrape together enough money to send your child to school?  Best to send your eldest boy.

What about that menial job in a factory?  Just send a girl,  They can do it.  They don't need an education

This is the reality in many developing communities around the world.  Boys are just valued so much more than girls.

Our belief, here at Girls Matter, is that when you educate a girl, you not only empower the girl, but you also lift up her family and her community.

   

"Girls Rising" is a  documentary outlining the need to support girls in developing countries gain access to education, and the benefits that come from doing so.  Below is the trailer.  With our work through Girls Matter, we are impacting, one girl, one family, one village, one country at a time. 

Check out the videos below for some inspiring stories of girls rising up!

Girls Rising

Check out this video showing the power of educating a girl.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising -an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl - and the world.

From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising -an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl - and the world.

Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and other esteemed actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman and Grammy Award winner Lorne Balfe.

The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian 'pavement-dweller' whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter's dreams.

Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala Aminatta Forna and others tell the girls' stories, each in its own style, and all with profound resonance.

These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students - to learn.

And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see - One girl with courage is a revolution.

Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School

Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.