A girl with courage is a revolution.
That’s the tagline to this month’s fabulous “Movie You Might’ve Missed,” Girl Rising. The film profiles nine unforgettable girls from the developing world who overcome tremendous challenges to pursue their dreams. The film is also part of a movement to focus attention and resources on girls and women.
Because when you educate a girl you can break the cycle of poverty in just one generation. You reduce infant mortality, early marriage and childhood pregnancy, AIDS/HIV rates, malnourishment, and a host of other ills, while raising GDP, literacy, health outcomes, and a host of other goods. You combat population growth—because educated women who can control their economic destiny voluntarily bear fewer children. You reduce terrorism—because, as Greg Mortenson says in Three Cups of Tea, a Muslim man must ask his mother’s permission before joining a militant jihad. Educated mothers–we’re talking primary school here–say no.
The MOON is proud to present interviews this month with two courageous women who have stood up to daunting circumstances. Jane Wanjiru Muigai is a United Nations human rights attorney from a poor village in rural Kenya who now advocates for women and girls in refugee camps and war-torn regions of the world. Terri Jentz was run over with a truck and attacked with an ax while camping in an Oregon state park in 1977. Fifteen years later she returned to the scene of the crime and sought justice and healing for herself and the traumatized community.
Other contributors this month write of their private struggles to please themselves in a world that teaches them to please others. To respect themselves, though they haven’t been respected. To mother themselves, though they haven’t been mothered. To heal themselves—and in doing so, end the trauma that otherwise carries onto future generations. You’ll find their stories in Essays/Memoirs, Short Stories, and Poetry.
Why “GRRL” rising?
I just liked the growl of it.