There are places where girls are thrown away and women are treated as second-class citizens.
A screening of "Girl Rising," a documentary directed by Richard Robbins, brought many students, staff and members of the community to the UC Auditorium on Wednesday evening to follow the lives of these young girls across the world.
Showcasing the lives of nine young women from nine different countries, each story was narrated by a prominent celebrity figure.
As the film chronicles, the girls must overcome challenges to receive an education despite harrowing circumstance including experiences with human trafficking, arranged marriages and poverty.
Sam Gardner, a senior in biological sciences, said she thought raising awareness on behalf of girls around the world was a vital goal of the film.
"Many women in the developing world have many less rights than men do," Gardner said. "Women have to get married when they do not necessarily want to, while boys are allowed to go to school. A story in the film that really appealed to my emotions was a young girl from Peru who could still see the beauty in her life, even though she lived in extreme poverty and lost her father. She is an example of true perseverance."
There are 33 million more girls than boys who lack educational rights, which translates to 66 million girls worldwide who will not receive an education. In addition, 80 percent of all human sex trafficking involves young women.
Most women in the United States are born with educational rights, negating the need to sacrifice their bodies or pay fees. By contrast, many young women abroad experience hunger, rape and beatings in exchange for the right to attend primary school.
Alex Gardner, senior majoring in biological sciences and member of She's the First organization, agreed with her sister Sam, saying the film has made her more appreciative of her constitutional rights and her education.
"Wadley, a girl from Haiti who is highlighted in the film for returning to school even after she was repeatedly turned away for inability to pay, was a very powerful example of determination," Alex Gardner said. "In America, women aren't pressured to have children at the young age of 13. A lot of people in the United States are unaware of how women are treated in other countries outside of their own."
To learn more about "Girl Rising," click here.