The International Day of the Girl event you host this year could be the springboard you need to finally start fundraising for your own social good ventures. What a difference a year makes: last year on IDG2012 Girl Rising supporter Farhana Huq, along with Storytellers for Good, was focused on raising money for their own film and this year she is actually showing their project on IDG2013. Patagonia clothing company has agreed to screen her documentary, Surfing Possibility.
Surfing Possibility addresses race and gender in the water sports community.
“We want to challenge the status quo of the images in the surfing industry and give alternative images for inspiration. It’s important to see diverse women in a sport like this,” Farhana emphasized. Like Girl Rising, Brown Girl Surf touches on how stories are told- through the eyes of those affected the most.
At 15 years old Farhana was the first South Asian girl member of the U.S. National Karate team. So it’s no surprise that she associates sports with facing challenges and challenging boundaries. Farhana, the daughter of immigrant parents from Pakistan and Bangladesh, honored IDG2012 by showing short documentary profiles and photography during her fundraiser before discussing her trip to South Asia where she would interview the region’s first female surfers.
“We want to use surfing as a force for positive change. More girls need to see people who look like them taking risks.”
There were at least 50 attendees at her IDG event last year. See more photos here.