Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a ground breaking film and the centerpiece of the global action campaign for girls’ education. We use the power of storytelling, leveraged through partnerships, to share the simple truth that educating and investing in girls can transform families, communities and entire countries for generations.


From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors give them voice.


The film, behind-the-scenes videos, advocacy trailers and a free standards-aligned school curriculum are designed to raise awareness and inspire individuals to take action.

The fifth anniversary edition of the Girl Rising film is now available! 

See here to watch this new edition or to host a screening! 

Impact Highlights:


  • The film has been translated into 30 languages and dubbed in Hindi, Hausa, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba and Congolese French- and screened at over 24,000 official educational, grassroots and corporate screenings worldwide

  • Donations from viewers totaled over $2.2 million to The Girl Rising Fund, distributed among our original impact partners for girls’ education and related programs around the world.

  • Girl Rising’s communication tools are reaching communities around the world through: high-level policy meetings, university classes, community celebrations, health initiatives, girls’ safe spaces programming, youth leadership, school enrollment drives, teacher and journalist trainings, engagement of secular and religious leaders, girls’ clubs, parent-teacher groups and more.

  • The Girl Rising Network includes: Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Kim, Alicia Keys, Meryl Streep, Priyanka Chopra, Freida Pinto, The George Washington University, Brookings, Intel, Hewlett Packard, USAID, Save the Children, the Government of India, O&M, CNN, STAR TV, Peace Corps, Queen Rania of Jordan and more.

  • Localized GR content is being used as the heart of a community health communications project in the DRC, reaching hundreds of thousands of community members, including over 84,000 girls - proving that the film is a powerful convening tool that sparks dialogue about education and gender

  • An original radio magazine produced in five local languages now airs on community radio stations throughout DRC. The program will reach an estimated 4 million households in remote communities where electricity and televisions are rare luxuries.

  • The Hindi version of Girl Rising aired on India’s No. 1 entertainment channel, Star Television; leveraging the star power of Bollywood’s mega stars Priyanka Chopra, Parineeti Chopra, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Alia Bhatt among others.

  • India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development invested funding to broadcast GR Public Service Announcements (PSAs) across television networks and over 3000 cinema halls across the country.


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