A 6-year-old Nepalese girl is forced to work in grinding bonded labor to a master with attendant daily abuse. I recently watched this story and others unfold in the movie “Girl Rising.”
This compelling and powerful documentary of nine real-life girls shows the daily reality representing millions of girls globally. But these nine are rising above their lot through education and persistence. Seventy percent of the world’s illiterate are female. Educating a girl can break the cycle of poverty in one generation.
Once a woman has access to an income, she is likely to put 90 percent of it into the health and well-being of her family, as opposed to men who tend to invest about 30 percent. Women’s success changes her whole community. In fact, Nelson Mandela said that the way to world peace is to educate a girl.
Global Washington is showing “Girl Rising” at the Intiman Theater in Seattle on Nov. 17. If this movie doesn’t inspire you, you aren’t breathing.