Thank you so much for helping us bring the global movement to educate girls and change the world home to Oklahoma City with the sold out screening of the Girl Rising film. Girl Rising spotlighted the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The hers projects/runhers, 10×10 and its partners are working to change minds, lives and policy. Together we have the power to create equality for girls and change the world. Our purpose here at runhers is to help as many women and girls as possible find their version of a healthy and happy life.
One girl with courage is a revolution. We think all girls should be in an environment where they can dream a big dream, play safely with joy and develop a lifelong curiosity and love of learning. The reality is that is only true for some. We can send ripples of change with small actions – and we all can do something to connect more girls with opportunities to build the future they want. Big change starts small. The first step toward success is simple: pass it on. We know that educating girls will change the world. The more people who share that message – through social networks, at the dinner table, in boardrooms, in rural villages – the more support we build.
All over the globe, violence and discrimination against women and girls violates their human rights and severely compromises girls’ health, education and the opportunity to build a better future. Gender inequalities and biases pervade cultures worldwide, preventing women and girls from fully realizing their rights to reproductive health and equality. We must do better. If one girl with courage is a revolution – then what is hundreds of millions of women and girls moving with the mission of equality, safety and the freedom to choose the path they want to follow? Each of us has the power to change this, one girl at a time. Please consider donating some time or resources to the cause.
We are considering holding a summit regarding girls and the barriers to education/healthy living, along with possibly another screening of Girl Rising in OKC or with one of our other groups in Enid, Lawton or Tulsa. If you or your organization is interested in partnering, please let us know.
We have also included some information and links for your reference. Thank you again for supporting this important film screening.
10 Facts about Girls Education
Around the world, girls face barriers to education that boys do not. But educating girls can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. These statistics offer insights on those barriers and also illustrate the lasting impact education has on girls, families, communities and nations around the world.
- 66 million girls are out of school globally. (UNESCO)
- There are 33 million fewer girls than boys in primary school.(Education First)
- A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5. (UNESCO)
- Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send theirchildren to school. (UNICEF)
- In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence. (UNIFEM) [50% of sexual assaults in the world victimize girls under the age of 15 (UNFPA).]
- 14 million girls under 18 will be married this year. That’s 38 thousand today – or 13 girls in the last 30 seconds. (UNFPA)
- The #1 cause of death for girls 15-19 is childbirth. (World HealthOrganization)
- Girls with 8 years of education are 4 times less likely to be married as children. (National Academies Press)
- A girl with an extra year of education can earn 20% more as an adult.(The World Bank)
- If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion. (CIA World Factbook) (Global Campaign for Education and RESULTS Education Fund)
The Importance of Education locally (Oklahoma)
Currently, Oklahoma is ranked the 2nd worst state in the nation for women and girls, based on a number of factors including access to education, access to healthcare, domestic violence, female incarceration, human trafficking, and more. Food insecurity is another issue that plays significantly into the education system. An incredible amount of imagination and new designs will be necessary to significantly impact how our children grow up in the state of Oklahoma. Many organizations will be needed to work in the estuary region where many children do not get the support they really need. A new model of collaboration is needed, and a real sense of urgency needs to be adopted.
Here is a report of “Overall Child Well Being in Oklahoma” compiled by oica.org
Please take a minute to learn more about the film, the film makers and the cause.
Girl Rising Links and FAQ’s:
- Main website – http://10x10act.org
- I bought a ticket for Girl Rising. Where does that money go?http://10x10act.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Where-does-money-from-tix-sales-gofinalfix.pdf
- Q & A with Girl Rising Director Richard Robbins – http://10x10act.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Director_QA-edit.pdf
- For more to think about, go to:Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education – Education For All. http://gordonandsarahbrown.com/category/education-for-all/
- Ravi Kumar’s Huffington Post Article ” Why Empowering Girls Is Key to Ending Poverty” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ravi-kumar/empowering-girls-poverty_b_3124681.html?id10x10=1DC45FA3187F064D