On this International Women’s Day, Girl Rising, the non-profit behind the global campaign for girls’ education and empowerment, debuts their powerful new short film Brave Girl Rising

In collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and filmed in one of the largest refugee camps in the world, Brave Girl Rising tells “how a courageous girl, inspired by the magical dreams of her mother and the sisterhood of her friends, succeeds in getting the education she deserves.”

The screenplay, written by poet laureate Warsan Shire, is based on hours of conversation with 17-year-old Nasro, who arrived at the Dadaab refugee camp when she was just 7 years old. “The story weaves together true events in Nasro’s life and her dreams with the award-winning poet’s own experience as a refugee.” 

More than 68 million people have been driven from their homes and more than half of them are women and girls. Refugee girls – whether fleeing war, climate change, or poverty – face a reality unimaginable to most of us. Child marriage skyrockets, abuse and violence are constant threats and many are no longer able to go to school. Nasro is one of them. With no place to call home, education is her lifeline to a better future. 

“We want to get people talking about the reality for refugee girls all over the globe, the barriers they face in securing basic human rights and the truly transformative power of education for girls living as refugees”, said Christina Lowery, CEO of GR in a press release. “We believe films like ours can turn bystanders into activists and we have seen first-hand the results of people who become engaged in the issue and are inspired to act.”

Watch the 20-minute film…

To learn more, visit https://girlrising.org/brave