With so many great articles being posted in newspapers and websites about International Day of the Girl, sometimes the posts are accompanied by well-intentioned but irresponsible images of girls. Ashley Remer, founder of GirlMuseum.org, knows that feckless images can be counterproductive to the positive message of educating women around the world. “We want to start a dialogue about how girls are represented. If we only ever see girls as little pretty things to marry off, then education is not seen as important.”

Girl Museum isn’t your typical museum. It’s a virtual gallery. Ashley harvests pictures from the internet, finds images on Wikimedia Commons or Flickr, and has original art contributed to her site. Sometimes she’ll even raise funds to pay for copyrights. Funding comes from private donations and everyone involved is a volunteer. “I’m trying to expand the idea of what a museum is. Usually most of the money from museums goes into the building. My idea is to have no walls and see how much outreach we can really do.”

Ashley partnered with the National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa to host a free screening of Girl Rising. A youth representative from United Nations Women spoke at the viewing and there was a discussion panel with four art curators, including Ashley who talked about the representations of girls in the museum. Local high school girls hosted the day’s events, including chairing the panel of curators, introducing the film, and leading the Q&A session. More than 100 people attended. “My impact goal is to promote the value of social and media literacy and to raise awareness about how images on the internet can sometimes devalue the lives of girls. We can subvert that through education.”