Monday, October 07, 2013

Nigeria Premieres "Girl Rising" for International Day of the Girl Child

The Nigerian premiere of the groundbreaking CNN film "Girl Rising" comes up on the United Nations' International Day of the Girl Child, Friday October 11 at 10 am at the Silverbird Cinemas, Silverbird Galleria on Victoria Island, Lagos. And a special screening the following day on Saturday October 12 at the same venue.

Zonta International Clubs in Nigeria, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, Nigerians Report Online and the United Nations Information Centre are bringing "Girl Rising" global campaign to Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa with over 6 million girls out of school. The event will be co-hosted by Nollywood divas Kate Henshaw and Ibinabo Fiberesima, popular female rapper Yetunde Alabi aka Sasha P, Daniella Okoye, the reigning 2013 Princess of the Universe beauty queen and Amy Oyekunle, the Executive Director of Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), producer of the Nigerian adaptation of Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues" and one of the few women working on initiatives dedicated to the advancement of girls and women for leadership and political participation as well as championing causes to mitigate violence against women and girls in Nigeria. And the Special Guest Speaker is Holly Gordon, the Executive Producer of "Girl Rising' and Executive Director of 10x10.

Kate Henshaw.

Ibinabo Fiberesima.

Sasha P.

Amy Oyekunle.

Daniella Okoye.

Marie Arana Azure Antoinette Kayce Freed Jennings Holly Gordon Rosalind Hudnell and Shabana Basij-Rasikh at 10x10's event.

"Girl Rising" spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances. The film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives. It is also a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for Girls around the world.

This International Day of the Girl Child celebration will bring 350 students and teachers, key influencers in business, government dignitaries and members of the civil society together to raise global visibility about the importance of educating Girls. It will be registered on the Girl Rising campaign map with the goal of capturing the attention of global policy leaders and inspiring them to include Girls’ education on the post­2015 United Nations agenda, an important step for achieving educational equality for Girls.

“We, the Co-hosts of the Nigerian Premiere of Girl Rising, believe in the power of education to change not only a Girl, but the world.” By hosting an International Day of the Girl Child Event in Lagos, we are demonstrating our commitment to breaking down the barriers that prevent Girls around the world from going to school ­ barriers like Child Marriage, Sex Trafficking, Gender Violence and Discrimination. We are proud to be part of this growing movement, raising visibility in Lagos alongside thousands of other events worldwide.”

The Girl Rising event in Lagos is proudly supported by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos, Silverbird, Kiddies and Brands Company, Educare Trust, and Cool 96.9 FM.

Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award­ nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by top Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington

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