Girl Rising Film Showing in the Philippines

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Dear friends,

Sometime in 2013, I was walking in the souks of Marrakesh when a photograph caught my attention: a 15 year old girl was shot by the Taliban because she is fighting for girls to go to school in Pakistan. 15 years old. Shot by a man. A child. Versus a man. For me, it seemed impossible. Why would you shoot a child who wants to go to school? The face of the girl who survived resonates so much power and made me realise the reality of young girls in Pakistan. She entered me.

From that day on, I told myself, “I have to go to Pakistan.” I don’t know how or why, but I know I have to go.

But Pakistan wasn’t ideal in this age of terrorism. I wasn’t scared to go but I was concerned about how my family will feel. They will worry about me. For the first time in my life, the reckless person that I am became sensitive and unselfish.

I still promised the young girls of Pakistan that they will be heard. I speak not for myself, but for those who don’t have a voice. Those who have fought for their rights. I have volunteered in Africa and Latin America helping educate girls around the world. In addition, I have asked my fellow female travellers to help me in encouraging women all over the world to travel. The series is called “Dear Girls of the World” and you can read all our entries here.

Before I leave for my next adventure, I would like to spread the word about my current endeavour: Girls’ right toEducation by Girl Rising. Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

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I have held a hand of an old woman who is dying of hunger in La Rinconada; one of my co-volunteers in a rural area in Zanzibar was thrown acid on her face while were having dinner during Ramadan; my ultimate dream is to be a teacher in Karachi or Swat District; but I have yet to experience empowering girls in my country. I think this is the right time. 

I would like to invite you (or if you are representing an organisation) to help me spread the word. Girl Rising, a groundbreaking film that has already been seen by millions is a movement for girls’ education that I am proud to support. It is supporting thousands of International Day of a Girl all over the world. Your participation will send a message: investing in girls is not just right; it is smart.

I am not only reaching out to girls and women because women’s rights is an issue of men, too. As Emma Watson said, ‘it is time that we all see gender as a spectrum instead of two sets of opposing ideals. We should stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are. I want men to understand this issue so that their sisters, daughters and mothers can be free from prejudice.’

If you haven’t seen the trailer of the film, please take a few minutes to watch it below:

CALL TO ACTION

I am asking teachers, heads of any organisations, advocates to reach out and help me spread the word about girls’ education. If you are interested to show Girl Rising in your community in the Philippines, please send me an e-mail at trishavelarmino[at]gmail[dot]com. Please take note that this film is not available in cinemas/online.

“I will read, I will study, I will learn. If you try to stop me, I will just try harder. If you try to stop me, there will be other girls who will rise above and take my place.”

© Cover Photo photographed by Seth Carnill

Trisha is one of those people who left their comfortable life to travel the world and learn about life. Her style is to stay in one place she likes for 3 months (or more) to know what it feels like to eat, cook, speak, and sleep in another culture that isn’t hers. She'd like to believe she's not traditionally traveling but she just chooses to be somewhere else all the time. In no particular order, her favorite cities in the world are Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv.

Comments

  • January 8, 2016

    What a wonderful campaign this is! It’s so sad to see the way women are treated in some countries, let alone young girls. I’m excited for this movie!

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  • January 9, 2016

    This was so moving. Bless you for taking action in helping these women. I too would like to help.

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  • January 9, 2016

    Great initiative and a moving video! I will definitely share it!

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  • January 9, 2016

    I wish you all the best with this wonderful campaign. You are an inspiration

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  • January 10, 2016

    I’ve heard about the film but haven’t had a chance to see it. This is definitely motivation to make the effort. Thanks for sharing.

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  • January 10, 2016

    Godspeed Trisha, totally inspired by this move. Good luck. Stay blessed.

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  • Mar
    January 10, 2016

    Great to hear it is spreading out so well. I have seen the film as it was shown at work and it is inspiring and a great way to work on the divide. maybe our generation will be the one to take action

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  • January 10, 2016

    As a previous teacher for 8 years, it hurts my heart to read that girls struggle for basic education. What a wonderful campaign this is!

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  • January 10, 2016

    Trisha, this is a really good thing that you’re doing. Everyone deserves an education and it’s up to everyone who can to spread the word and help make that happen.

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  • January 11, 2016

    What an amazing and powerful message – Educate a girl and she will change the world! Thank you for sharing this! I have never heard of the movie but will see if I can get a copy of it or attend a screening where I live! I will also share it with my network.

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  • January 11, 2016

    This is a wonderful cause and so glad you chose to get involved in it. We participate in some similar ones with indigenous girls in Panama. You’ve done a great job to raise awareness and I wish you all the luck.

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  • Carol Colborn
    January 11, 2016

    I am proud of you Trisha for taking up this cause and doing it for our country, the Philippines!

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  • January 11, 2016

    It pains me to see a girl, any girl be deprived of something so essential to a chid’s life as education. Thank you for being a great inspiration and to be a voice in a girl’s life. This is a great cause and I will share it. All the best and God bless.

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  • January 12, 2016

    What an inspiring project! I love how travel has the potential to connect people from so many different cultures and ways of life for common goals of helping those in need.

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  • January 12, 2016

    This is such a moving piece. It’s easy to forget how good we have it sometimes. I applaud you for working to make a difference.

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  • January 14, 2016

    Very powerful and moving! Thank you for this post! Definitely sharing!

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  • January 14, 2016

    Go girl! Let their voices continue to be heard!:)

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  • January 14, 2016

    Great initiative and very good to see you show your support. I will look out for this movie as we travel. It would be great to see it somewhere. It is amazing to see what a difference educating women has made in the world. Hopefully in my lifetime we will see a change in the oppression of women. Everyone deserves an education!

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  • January 14, 2016

    Im interested to watch this movie! Anyway Trish, I would like to let you know that you’re one of the best bloggers here in the Philippines. You know how to tell stories. I’m looking forward to see you. -Travelosyo!

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  • January 14, 2016

    What an amazing campaign! I truly believe that if we can empower girls around the world, it will change the world!!! Thank you for being so encouraging to women and girls everywhere 🙂

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  • January 15, 2016

    Have you read Half of the Sky? I think you’d like it, tough but telling read. It would be a pleasure to help raise the profile of Girl Rising, thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’m a politics and current affairs teacher back home, gender equality is something I pay a lot of attention to in lessons. Cheers Trisha.

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  • January 15, 2016

    A very powerful campaign. I hope it makes a huge impact worldwide 🙂

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  • January 17, 2016

    The way some of us treat our women makes you question humanity as a whole sometimes, but it’s great to know that the world is beginning to take notice of what women from lesser developed places deal with every single day. That video was quite touching, and really, my congratulations to you for feeling so strongly about this and doing what you are about it. I take the liberty of speaking on behalf of all of us here, but I don’t think many will disagree that we, as a community of travellers are proud of you 🙂

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