(Jun, Nisha, Joyce)
Jun felt that something was amiss in the coverage of “Girl Rising”. People were talking about the film immediately after the viewing, but no one was continuing the discussion outside of the screening room. Along with two friends, Joyce and Nisha, she figured out a way to keep the topic of girls education on the minds of every student at the University of Washington.
Jun, President of the Seattle AIESEC, the world’s largest student-run non-governmental organization that aims to foster world peace through international work opportunities, showed “Girl Rising” at her university and then offered henna tattoos to participants. “The henna would be an indelible way for people to remember the film. I want them to keep the discussion going. When people see the henna, it will be a great conversation starter for them to talk about the film,” she said.
She was able to register seven sponsors for her event and they paid for the room and food. “I was unafraid to ask for donations from people and organizations to sponsor. I emailed 100 leads. If they didn’t answer my emails, I called them.” The panel discussion before her screening featured representatives from CARE, Intel, and Ayni Educational International.
On their invitation, the girls wrote: The main purpose of this event is to celebrate the Second Annual International Day of the Girl and to tell the world about the power of girls’ education. We hope to fuel this transformative movement and generate an important conversation about the barriers that girls face just to go to school. The mehndi on her exterior landscape is a non-permanent dye that will only last two to four weeks, but Jun has had her activism birthmark for years. She, Joyce, and Nisha have all spent previous summers learning and working in India. They did not know each other well before coming together for this movement but after an introduction by a professor, they are now bonded in their mission. Their impact goal was to have 100 people attend but as the evening extended, more than 150 left their screening covered in henna.