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In Support of Girl Rising

Posted by Kim Stevenson in IT Peer Network on Mar 1, 2013 3:52:57 PM

If I told you, you could increase your income by 10% to 20% would you be interested?  Or maybe if you were a government leader, and I said you could improve your country’s annual GDP. Would that spur you into action?  Well, you can.  Educate a girl and change the world.

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It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that there are populations of girls and women who have absolutely no access to education or technology. I’m not talking about access to STEM education: I’m talking about access to basic education.

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If we truly want to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth, I believe we must focus to address the gender gaps.  Education is a cornerstone, certainly. But we cannot afford to move slowly. We can use technology to bridge the gaps faster. Together education + technology can drive transformative change in the world. I recently watched the trailer for “Girl Rising,” a documentary film being released in theaters on March 7th –on the eve of International Women’s Day. The film and accompanying social campaign by 10X10 is about the positive impact of education, as told through the amazing stories of 10 girls from 10 different countries. Please check out the trailer. Let me know what you think.

 

If technology can enable women and girls to leap over the barriers limiting their lives and contribute in ways that make the world better, stronger and safer, then we have an obligation to make sure they have the access and the education to use technology.

 

I invite you to join me in supporting girls through Girl Rising. You can purchase tickets through a crowd-sourced film distribution service—a very cool model, by the way.

 

Together we can all make a difference in the world.

 

Follow me on Twitter @KimSStevenson

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