Girls rising is a documentary which tells a story about nine young girls from nine different countries. They are living in the developing world where unfortunately education for girls is not seen as a priority. They struggle every day for freedom, education and for someone to hear their voice. Also, it switches from each girl, and in between the stories you see statistics about girls, such as… their education, etc.
The stories these girls share is about child slavery, arranged marriage, abuse and poverty. They meet barriers that hinder them from getting an education. These stories reflect upon a tiny percentage of the hard reality that there are millions of girls around the world struggling with the same issues.
Sokha is a Cambodian girl who came from the dump. She was left alone as an orphaned and was therefore forced to pick up garbage for her survival. For this reason, she is one of the lucky ones, who came from nothing and suddenly where able to go to school, become a star student and now has a future she never would imagine she was ever able to have. This story made a big impact on me by the cause of that she is able to show us that if we work hard, even the dreams that are miles and miles away, are still possible to achieve. She is not only a role model for girls but a role model who they can look up to and show them there is still hope.
The girls in these stories don’t feel like victim’s due to the fact that even all the hard work they have been trough they are still able to reach their goals, go to school, write songs and so on. Because of these stories I am able to empathize with these girls. I myself have family in brazil and even there I can see the struggles girls have in comparison to the boys. An example I have experienced myself was when I was visiting Brazil. I am not able to walk alone on the street. Every time I wanted to walk out of the property I needed to have a male adult beside me as “protection”. This is because often women who walk alone sometimes kidnapped, raped or even killed.
I believe that “one girl witch courage is a revolution” means that if one girl starts dreaming, starts believing and get and the opportunity she deserves more and more girls will see that there is hope. That there is still a chance for change and in the end, after all the hard work, your courage and strength finally pays off.
Even though most of the problems out in the world is talked about, I think that some of us forget that many girls still don’t have the chance to get educated. Also, what they need to go through to be able to live a free life. This documentary gives people who are not familiar with this issue a better view on the struggles girls go through and how the problem of girl’s education still exist. If we want to achieve gender equality, we need to let all genders have the same chance to get educated. Because this can solve many of the problems we face worldwide today.