When Maria Cristina was looking for a way to motivate her community and friends for Women’s History Month, she settled on a Girl Rising screening. The film viewing, she thought, would offer a chance for “people from different ages, religions and political opinions to be part of the change.”

And that proved to be true when, despite poor weather conditions, more than 50 people attended the screening and panel discussion.

“We also had a psychologist, lawyer and political scientist who discuss how [girls' education] was related to our society and the impact they cause in it. We got a massive participation from viewers, which also stayed longer to know more and how to become part of this movement,” Maria Cristina shared, noting that local and national non-profit organizations hope to expand the Girl Rising movement throughout Venezuela.

Many of the participants said that the film impacted them by teaching them that violence against women and girls is pervasive in many cultures in the world, and not just unique to particular countries and regions.

What was perhaps the most noteworthy was how audience members wanted to work together to meet a range of goals:

  • Ensuring the voices of all censured and labeled women are heard
  • Improving the global problem of the lack of comprehensive education for children in many societies
  • Highlighting the acceptance of the gender equality within all levels of society

Film, as one participant said, is a “wonderful way to spread the information and communicate a message that needs to remain present today.” We couldn’t agree more!

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