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Girl Rising - Cocktail Charity Event

Worldwide, over 130.3 million girls are not in school. But one girl with courage is a revolution.

Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, created a film that chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty.

The dramatic facts behind the film examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

Girl Rising began in 2013, when a group of filmmakers were asked to make a movie about how to end global poverty. They had no idea what the answer was, think about it – it’s a pretty big question. But upon going out and collecting data from leaders around the world in health, commerce, education and energy, they learned the single most powerful way to end global poverty was to educate girls.
When you educate girls, incredible things happen. Infant mortality goes down, literacy goes up, crop yields go up, national security improves, gross GDP improves and suddenly your nation is competing on the global market.

There will be a part -screening of the film, Girl Rising. You will hear the story of Suma, a kumlari or bonded slave in Nepal. Practice of kumlari has been illegal in Nepal since 2000, but now with help from girls like Suma it is finally coming to an end. For Suma it's not enough that shes free, she wants to help free other girls like her.
Educating girls fights global poverty, and poverty keeps millions of girls from getting an education.

"I’ve seen where change comes from, when it comes, its like a song you can't hold back. Suddenly there’s a breath moving through you, and you’re singing and others pick up the tune and start singing too and a sweet melody goes out into the world and touches the heart of one person, then another and another…." – Suma.

Come join us if you are passionate about social change, equality and improving the lives' of girls globally. Just by attending the event you will be helping to make a difference in the lives of those 130.3 million girls world wide.

Dr Julie-Anne Carroll will speak about gender equality and what we can do to make a difference in our every day lives. Julie-Anne Carrol is a lecturer in Women’s Health in the School of Public Health and Social Work at QUT. She lectures in gender and sexuality as they pertain to health, and is a strong advocate for ending health inequalities in this area. She also lectures in International Health, with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals that address the health of women and young girls. She is on the Board for UN Women, The One Woman Project, and the National Council of the Women of Queensland (NCWQ). 

Renee Simpson, a Counsellor from Born2BWILD will speak about her pledge to hike the 100km Kumano Kodo trail in Japan to raise awareness about girl's human right to education. Renee spent many years travelling abroad, witnessing the barriers that keep people in poverty and girls out of the classroom. These experiences inspired her career in the community service industry.

The MC for the evening is the amazing Emma Herbert. Emma is one half of WPP - at Women's Property Panel.

Helping hands will run a silent auction where guests can show their generosity and support, plus take home some great prizes.

Ticket price includes;
*Entry to the Martini Lounge
*Breathtaking views of the iconic Story Bridge
*2x hour Beverage Package
*2x hour Cocktail Food Service
*Part-screening of the film "Girl Rising"
*Speakers - Dr Julie-Anne Carroll & Renee Simpson

All funds raised go directly towards an upcoming Girl Rising campaign in Guatemala, which will mean working with non-government organisations to deliver Programs, and create new films to educate third world communities to empower girls in refugee situations.

Click the link below to learn more about the Girl Rising Campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cI6kVm4bA4&feature=youtu.be

If you can't make the event, we understand.

Alternatively you can show your support by making a donation, by clicking the link below.

https://www.gofundme.com/kumano-kodo-girl-rising-campaign

If you consider yourself a bit of a 'mover and a shaker', a social change agent, a 'humanitarian' at heart, interested in human rights, or just want to give back and would like to learn how you can help, this is a night you do not want to miss.