Sixty-six million girls around the world dream of going to school.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, the International House will host a screening of the film "Girl Rising" in the UC Auditorium.
The film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, tells the stories of nine girls from nine different countries who face arranged marriages, child slavery and other injustices.
Despite these obstacles, the girls' stories offer inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change.
Each girl's story was written by a renowned writer from her native country, and narrated by a well-known female figure like Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys, Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Anne Hathaway and Selena Gomez.
"'Girl Rising' will give students a look at the harsh reality faced by an unbelievable numbers of girls around the world," said Leigh Ackerman, a graduate assistant for the I-House. "Our hope is that students will leave with not only an appreciation for their own education, but also a desire to join the movement surrounding 'Girl Rising' and become an advocate for education of all girls."
More than just a film, "Girl Rising" is a grassroots global action campaign for girl's education powered by girls, women, boys and men around the world who stand for equality.
In Ackerman's opinion, it is vitally important that everyone, not just females, understand the issues surrounding girls' education.
Thuy Pham, a graduate assistant for the Center for International Education, also agrees that the film is extremely important for youth in today's society.
"We hope this will encourage students to join this global movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for girls everywhere," Pham said. "Although the movement is directed towards females, everyone benefits when girls receive quality education.
"Some of the lasting impacts include breaking cycles of poverty, increasing a country's GDP if more girls were enrolled in secondary school, educating their own children and decreasing early marriage."
Seats for the screening are limited, but up to 300 students can reserve their tickets through the International House for guaranteed seating.