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Friday, 18 October 2013

‘Girl Rising’ Premieres in Nigeria … Celebrates the Nigerian Girl Child

In order to shine the spotlight on the transformative power of girls’ education across Africa and the world, the groundbreaking feature, ‘Girl Rising’ was screened for the first time in Nigeria at the Silverbird Cinema, Victoria Island, Lagos as part of the celebration to mark the  International Day of The Girl Child. The Nigerian Premiere was co-hosted by the United Nations Information Centre, Lagos (UNIC), Zonta International Clubs in Nigeria, Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), and Nigerians Report Online.

The event brought together 350 girls, boys and young women from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, members of the press, civil society and representatives of the Deputy Governor, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Education. Also present were several partners and sponsors of the event including The United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Zonta International Clubs in Nigeria, The Kudirat initiative for Democracy (KIND), Nigerians Report Online, Kiddies & Brands Company, and Cool FM. The Girl Rising Nigerian Premiere was also proudly supported by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos; Silverbird; MTN Foundation; Educare Trust; Queens College Old Girls Association; Peter Zion Nigeria Ltd; and Rite Foods.

The partnership is part of a global movement to educate girls and empower them to be world changers and to believe in their dreams.

‘Girl Rising’, apart from being a ground-breaking feature, is a movement dedicated to empowering and achieving educational equity for Girls around the world. The film spotlights the stories of nine unforgettable girls born into unforgiving circumstances; the film captures their dreams, their voices and their remarkable lives.

The event brought together members of the Private sector, Government dignitaries and members of  Civil society, to raise global visibility about the importance of educating girls.

In her welcome address, the President of Zonta International Club of Lagos 1, Ms. Shade Bembatoum-Young, restated the commitment of the organizers to empowering the girl child in Nigeria.

“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.” she said.

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