|The official Girl Rising poster|
Featuring nine inspiring adolescent girls, nine aspirations, and nine amazing stories of determination, nothing captured the essence of educating and empowering a girl like this movie did! It embodied so much hope despite the insurmountable obstacles faced by these girls.
As I sat there watching Wadley, Yasmin, Suma, Senna, Azmera, Ruksana, Sokha, Amina, and Mariama, there were moments when I could not help but get teary-eyed. There were also moments when I sat there thinking, “That could have been me.” Growing up in Ghana, there were days when I was not sure I would be able to return to school, but thanks to my determined parents (like Ruksana's), even when there was no food on the table, there was somehow money for school.
It is because of that perseverance and belief that education could change my trajectory, that I am in college today. No one can tell me education hasn't changed my life and that of my community. We so often take for granted the privileges we have, yet there are many girls and boys around the world who wish for a pen, a pencil, a book, a school uniform, multiplication tables to learn, a place to hope, and a place to see beyond the present.
|I also got to meet actress and|
UN Youth Champion, Monique Coleman
Congratulations to 10x10 and all the organizations – including Plan – that are working every day to ensure that every girl receives quality education.