The United Nations declared October 11, 2013 International Day of the Girl! Girl Rising celebrates with events around the world during the month.
The groundbreaking film and movement from 10×10 has launched a global social action
campaign to invest in adolescent girls. Their motto: “Educate Girls, Change the World.”
The movie explores girls’ lives and the barriers they face. Its aim is to drive resources
to young people like Ruksana below. Girl Rising is organizing events
and screenings to recognize girls’ rights in October.
Screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala wrote the script for the segment of Girl Rising
that features 11-year-old Ruksana, a young artist living on the pavement and
spending nights at a shelter with her family. She seldom misses a day of school.
Behind the scenes photo of Ruksana in Kolkata, India, by Dyu D’Cunha