10x10 Presents: Girl Rising

I am so excited to see 10x10 pick up speed, momentum and be a driver in the conversation about girls’ education. I have known about the documentary and campaign for a little over a year now and was honored to attend a special event to showcase the new trailer this month on International Day of the Girl at the Paley Center here in New York. Pat Mitchell opened the event, the film’s executive director and producer, Holly Gordon, introduced the incredible lineup of speakers and many of my favorite women were in the room including Susan McPherson and Tammy Tibbetts.

Girl Rising is the feature-length film at the center of 10×10’s global action campaign for girls’ education. The film reveals the extraordinary stories of girls from around the globe, fighting to overcome impossible odds on the road to realizing their dreams of education. The documentary will be released in 2013 and you can believe I’ll be sharing more information as it’s released!

Shared below are more ways your can get involved in your community, school, and business and information on their nonprofit partners. Also a big thanks should go out to Intel for being their lead corporate sponsor. I really love when business is smart business. Their tagline is “Sponsoring Tomorrow Starts Today” and they are really putting their money where their mouth is supporting this documentary and highlighting these nonprofit organizations and their work around the world helping to support initiatives focused on women and girls.





10x10 has tapped a coalition of NGOs to create a high-impact network of champions and leaders in girls’ education. These organizations, which provide life-changing services to girls every day, include: - Afghan Connection (http://www.afghanconnection.org/) supports schools, teachers, and sports opportunities in rural Afghanistan – and has educated over 40,000 boys and girls. - A New Day Cambodia (http://www.anewdaycambodia.org/) provides food, shelter and education to Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger children. - CARE (http://www.care.org/) is a leading global humanitarian organizationthat fights poverty by empowering girls and women. - Girl Up (http://www.girlup.org/) educates, motivates, and trains American girls to become global leaders while channeling their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. - Partners in Health (http://www.pih.org/) delivers life-saving care in some of the poorest corners of the globe, ensuring girls have access to health services as part of their mission to break the cycle of poverty and disease. - Plan International USA (http://www.planusa.org/) works side by side with communities around the world to end the cycle of poverty for children. Plan’s Because I am a Girl Campaign is a global initiative committed to fighting gender inequality, promoting girls’ rights, and lifting millions of girls out of poverty. - Pratham USA (http://www.prathamusa.org/) is the largest educational movement in India and provides Indian youth with the educational environment and tools to learn, grow, and break the poverty cycle. - Room to Read (http://www.roomtoread.org/) transforms the lives of millions of children in the developing world by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. - World Vision (http://www.worldvision.org/) is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

I love big juicy campaigns like this that pull together resources and really focus on impact. To use the phrase, “Go big or go home” that is what it is going to take to really get girls education on the map and part of the conversation. It’s really exciting to see a campaign come around like this that has so many great partners and voices behind it.

Get involved, sign up, dive in and check it out.

I know I am.

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