With only three minutes until start time, Vivian Onano began to worry. She had knocked on three doors but to no avail. On her fourth attempt, she was finally able to convince a stranger to grant her entry into his home. Her door-to-door knocking was not to solicit money or to reenact a biblical nativity scene, it was to watch the CNN premiere of “Girl Rising” while she was in D.C. for a leadership conference. Vivian, who is also a campus ambassador for Half the Sky and a campus advocate for the United Nations Association, needed to find a television: “My friends thought I was really daring.”
A few months prior to the “Girl Rising” television premiere, Vivian was the host of an International Day of the Girl event at Carthage college in Wisconsin where she is studying Business Administration and Economics. She downloaded “Girl Rising” fact sheets and showed the film trailer to a room of twenty people. She then shared her personal journey of tutoring girls in her community after she had been awarded a full scholarship to one of the best high schools in Kenya, her place of birth. “It was a good forum to learn about other peoples' cultures. Everyone looked excited to learn.”
She hopes her IDG2013 event will be much bigger than last year and plans to show a longer segment of “Girl Rising” to the attendees.