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Promoting power of education: ‘Girl Rising’documentary screening held March 7

Monday, March 04, 2013  
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For Immediate Release – 2/17/13
Contact:
Rockford College Director of Communication, Rita Elliott 815-226.3374
Pam Keeling, pkeeling@aol.com

Rockford, Ill. - The College is pleased to continue its Half the Sky efforts by supporting the premier screening of 10X10's film , Girl Rising, on Thursday, March 7 at 7:30 pm, Showplace 16, 8301 East State Street, Rockford, Ill. The screening is also supported by the YWCA, Rockford Public Library, Womanspace, AAUW and the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza.

Cost to attend is $10 and tickets can be reserved at: http://gathr.us/screening/877

There are a limited number of seats available for this premier screening. View the Girl Rising film trailer, which was premiered the 2013 Sundance Film Festival here: http://www.youtube.com/10x10act.

10x10 is a feature film and a social action campaign, created and launched by an award-winning team of former ABC News journalists using the power of storytelling and the leverage of strategic partnerships to deliver a single message: educating girls in developing nations will change the world.

The film tells the stories of 10 girls from 10 countries, selected in consultation with 10 acclaimed women writers, working closely with non-profit partners. Directed by Academy Award nominated documentary director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising includes voice performances from actresses Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Selena Gomez and others.

Funds raised through donations to 10X10 and through screenings held across the country beginning on March 7, will support the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education. Donations to this fund will be distributed evenly among their non-profit partners who include CARE USA, World Vision, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, United Nations Foundation/Girl Up, Pratham USA, Room to Read, and A New Day Cambodia, all of whom operate girls’ education initiatives around the world.

Launched in 2010, Half the Sky at Rockford College engaged the entire campus community, along with community members led by Jim and Pam Keeling, to do their part in eliminating brutality inflicted on third world women while promoting education and financial empowerment to produce a more prosperous and peaceful world. The Half the Sky project, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, culminated in WuDunn’s visit to the campus in the spring of 2011.


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