November 29: During an evening of celebration, Girl Rising and USAID announced the Girl Rising: ENGAGE INDIA campaign at the American Centre in Delhi. Infused with the energy of Girl Rising Ambassadors Freida Pinto and Priyanka Chopra, the inspiring event generated mass media attention and motivated a host of local business leaders to pledge support for the campaign in India.
The Girl Rising: ENGAGE INDIA (Empowering New Generations to Advance Girls’ Education) program will work to raise awareness around the importance of educating girls nationwide. The campaign will localize the widely acclaimed Girl Rising film and spur community-based action aimed at getting more girls in classrooms.
The night opened with heart-felt remarks by US Ambassador to India, Kathleen Stephens, who shared her personal experience with education inequality. As a child, Stephens’ grandmother was forced to leave school at age 7 because of a death in the family and, as a result, was a bold voice in the Ambassador’s life, stressing the importance of Ambassador Stephens’ own education.
Freida Pinto and Priyanka Chopra then guided the audience through a program that included a screening of a chapter from the GIrl Rising film and a discussion with 4 inspiring school girls about how education has changed the course of their lives. Two of the girls hailed from and Educate Girls program in rural Rajasthan and two were from a Room To Read program based in Delhi. Major multinational corporations, HP, Intel and Cisco also contributed their perspectives on the role that business can play in leading social change.
You too can join the ENGAGE journey. Learn more about the Girl Rising: ENGAGE campaign here.