Hurdles: Emma Watson’s Moving Short Film on Gender Equality
In case you missed it this week, actress, activist and U.N. ambassador Emma Watson released this powerful 2-minute film, which both celebrates the obstacles women have overcome and reminds us there's still a long way to go to truly achieve equal rights. From the video:
“Women and girls have always faced hurdles, but that’s never stopped us. We’ve sacrificed, fought, campaigned, succeeded, been knocked back and succeeded again.
There are many huge and high hurdles left to jump. The race is still on; every day of every year of our lives, but we will cross the finish line. No one can stop us.”
The “huge and high” hurdles Watson references include the 15 million child brides every year, the 62 million girls out of school, and the 1 in 3 women who experience domestic violence in their lifetime. So we thought we'd share 3 outstanding organizations helping to overcome these specific hurdles.
“Marriage should be a time for celebration and joy, unless you are one of the 64 million girls around the world forced into marriage before the age of 18. Child brides have a diminished chance of completing their education and are at a higher risk of being physically abused, contracting HIV and other diseases, and dying while pregnant or giving birth.
But it doesn't have to be this way. Please join CARE in helping bring an end to this gross human rights violation.”
Let Girls Learn
“Educating girls is essential to healthy and thriving communities but, globally, more than 62 million girls are not in school. Millions of others who are in school fight against significant barriers every day to stay there. Peace Corps Volunteers, in coordination with other US agencies, are working to break down the social and cultural barriers to girls' education in the communities they serve.
Help us advance the education and empowerment for girls around the world.”
“Every 109 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. And every 8 minutes, that victim is a child. Meanwhile, only 6 out of every 1,000 perpetrators will end up in prison.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline and running programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Let's help raise each other up together.
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