March 20, 2013
This past holiday season, we invited Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute participants to show us how they had incorporated EFLI’s four C’s (creativity, confidence, connection and community) into their lives outside of the program through our 2012 Holiday Challenge. Our winners, Emily Faro, Isra Ameen, and Jado Morris, created some amazing and inspired presentations that they shared with us over our Facebook page. As a reward for their excellent work on the holiday challenge, the three girls along with Program Coordinator, Aimee Aubin, and Alumnae Coordinator, Shoba Barratt, traveled to Cinema Village on the Lower East Side to attend 10×10′s screening of their new documentary: Girl Rising.
The film follows the stories of nine young women from around the world, who worked with authors from their home countries to find a way to share their stories surrounding the theme of girl’s education. The vignettes created speak to the trials and triumphs that girls the world over face in their efforts to receive education, even on an elementary-school level, while also providing statistics on girls access to education and the positive impact educating girls has on communities.
After the screening, Jado Morris wrote about her experience of seeing the film on her blog. Her words describe the experience best:
“It amazes me, how although some of these girls do live in the scariest parts of this world, they are so brave. They have so many aspirations and have been through so much, they have been through things that no human being should ever have to go through, yet they are one of the most the most positive and bright, inspirational and innovative group of girls I have yet to seen and learn about through a film… this was also a really humbling experience, and I really urge every single girl, boy, woman, man, HUMAN BEING to watch this. It makes me realize just how fortunate I really am for all the simple things I have in life, and most certainly the fact that I am able to share my voice and express my opinions. I feel like that is one of the most abused and unappreciated forms of human rights that we as women in America possess, because as shown in Girl Rising, it was literally too dangerous for two of the girls to reveal themselves because otherwise they ran a very high risk of being killed, simply because they were sharing their stories, because they were GIRLS.”
We couldn’t be prouder of our Holiday Challenge winners (who are now discussing the idea of screening Girl Rising for their peers and larger EFLI community)! To read Jado’s full post, please visit her blog at societaltransformations.tumblr.com.