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SMC screens documentary on girls’ education

CHELSEY FATTAL | Wednesday, December 4, 2013


The film “Girl Rising,” which tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world all seeking education, will be shown today at 5:15 p.m. in the Vander Vennet Theatre of the Saint Mary’s Student Center.

Connie Adams, administrative director of Belles against Violence (BAVO) said the film is well suited to the mission of Saint Mary’s as a women’s educational institution.  

“The featured film is about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education that will work to transform societies,” Adams said. “As an institution, we are dedicated to the empowerment and education of women. Saint Mary’s is the perfect venue to feature this film and provide a space for dialogue on the importance of education for girls and women.”

The documentary illuminates the general prevalence of the gender issues in countries around the world, where females are commonly neglected educational opportunities, simply because of their gender, Adams said.

Adams said admission to the screening is free and she hoped it would be well-attended by students, especially those unfamiliar with global education issues and education policy. 

“We have a passion for equality and women’s issues, and we want to be active in spreading this interest. Our goal is to support, empower, educate and challenge our fellow students,” Adams said. “What if there are females in the world not obtaining an education? Who will fight for them if you don’t?” 

Adams said the idea to sponsor a showing of “Girl Rising” originated among the members of BAVO

BAVO is sponsoring the film screening in collaboration with the women’s education organization She’s the First and Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, Adams said. 

Contact Chelsey Fattal at cfatta01@saintmarys.edu