Heartbreaking and inspiring stories seen in Girl Rising

At the end of last term some students were fortunate enough to visit St Swithun’s for a viewing of Girl Rising. Directed by Richard E Robbins and made by 10×10, the film follows nine girls from a variety of locations, ranging from Haiti and India to Peru and Afghanistan, who, with the assistance of writers, were able to tell their heartbreaking and inspiring stories. The film, primarily focusing on girls’ education, emphasizes the importance of schooling: using frightening statistics (66 million girls globally are not in school and if India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion) to show the true nature of the situation to the viewer and looks at a range of eye-opening issues such as rape, arranged marriage, geographical isolation and slavery. Attempting to ‘fuel a fire’ the film is ground breaking and empowering, expressing potential and giving a voice to women all around the world. As well as this it gives a real sense of the issues that hundreds of millions of girls face every day and shows that they express true courage despite battling against the odds.

By Godelieve De Bree, Block 4


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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