CIEE has partnered with the global movement for social change, Girl Rising, to raise awareness and create positive and lasting change by eliminating the barriers to education for girls in developing nations.
Extensive research shows that educated girls live healthier lives, earn more, and help reduce conflict in their communities. The Girl Rising movement is determined to increase access to education for girls worldwide and, in turn, reduce global conflict and support greater health and prosperity for all. At its core is the feature film of the same name, which tells the stories of nine girls who overcame tremendous hardships to pursue their dreams of education and a better life. It offers a simple, yet powerful message: educate girls and you will change the world.
In support of the Girl Rising movement, CIEE is establishing programs to create meaningful change, transforming girls’ lives and societies in every community where CIEE staff, participants, host families, members, partners, and alumni reside. These programs include educational scholarships for girls, seed grants for community development projects that address educational barriers, and college curriculum development centered on development, education, and women’s rights. In addition, CIEE is hosting 1,500 Girl Rising screenings at CIEE study centers, partner organizations, member institutions, and more around the globe in celebration of the U.N.’s International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to recognizing the unique challenges girls face. The organization will lead the day’s celebrations with a screening of the film for staff and the larger community in Portland, Maine.
According to CIEE President and CEO James P. Pellow, Ed.D, joining the Girl Rising movement is part of a long tradition of supporting international education programs that truly make a difference. “Since 1947, CIEE has helped bring the world together through programs that foster mutual respect and understanding. Today, between 50 and 70 percent of our study abroad and exchange students are young women and the majority of the community service programs and projects we support in more than 60 cities worldwide involve girls, women, health, and education. We’re proud to partner with Girl Rising in their movement to make an educational experience possible for every girl around the world.”
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