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Africare and 10x10 Will Celebrate the United Nations’ First-Ever International Day of the Girl

 

WASHINGTON (October 5, 2012) – Africare, a non-profit committed to improving the lives of people in Africa, is pleased to announce its cooperation with 10x10 in celebrating the first-ever International Day of the Girl. Africare will host an event to emphasize the importance of empowering young women worldwide. An interactive discussion will take place in Washington on Thursday, October 11 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Africare’s headquarters.

The 10x10 movement is championing the International Day of the Girl to raise awareness of the barriers that prevent millions of girls from receiving an education, as well as the wide-ranging benefits that girls bring to their communities when equipped to seize the opportunity. A central piece of 10x10’s campaign is the promotion of their upcoming feature film, “Girl Rising”, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins. The film tells the stories of 10 extraordinary girls from 10 countries. It is written by 10 celebrated writers, and narrated by 10 renowned actresses including Meryl Streep and Selena Gomez.

“In today’s news, there is a jolting reminder of just how much work needs to be done toward a gender-neutral world,” said Mona Davies, Program Manager, Africare. “Developing countries must embrace and enforce policies that protect and value girls. However, the burden is also on developed nations, particularly the Diaspora, to reach back, reach out and lift up a girl somewhere!”

Africare shares 10x10’s commitment to women’s empowerment, and will use the event to facilitate discussion among community leaders, journalists and non-profit representatives who are actively engaged in the fight for gender equality. The meeting will also encourage measures to support girls in the Shaw/Howard neighborhood and share video clips from Robbins’ highly anticipated film that is due in theaters in 2013.

“Whether it is here or on the African continent, females are dealing with similar issues, and I think it’s great that Africare is getting involved with the girls in our community,” said Davies. “The need is great here, and charity begins at home.”

For more information or to register for this event, please visit: www.africare.org/news/News2012/AfricareInternationalDayoftheGirl.

Connect with the International Day of the Girl movement today: #basicmath, @africare, @10x10act, or Facebook.com/Africaremedia.

About Africare

Africare is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) committed to addressing African development and policy issues by working in partnership with African people to build sustainable, healthy and productive communities. Since 1970, Africare has provided well over $1 billion of assistance and support through more than 2,500 projects in Agriculture & Food Security; Water, Sanitation & Hygiene; Women’s Empowerment; and Health, HIV & AIDS that have impacted millions of beneficiaries in 36 countries in Africa. Visit http://www.africare.org for more information.

About 10x10

10x10 is a nonprofit project conceived by The Documentary Group, an award-winning group of producers and directors who were the team behind Peter Jennings’ documentaries at ABC News. The Documentary Group creates non-fiction of the highest quality to reach the broadest possible audience. 10x10 will use the power of media to compel action by telling the most urgent stories that need to be heard right now — the stories of 600 million adolescent girls in the developing world. Visit http://www.10x10act.org for more information.

 

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