Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Miss Franca Aide Puts Nigeria on the World Map of UNICEF's 2015 State of the World's Children

Miss Franca Aide from Edo State and third year student at the University of Calabar and the Girl Rising Ambassador for Calabar and National Coordinator for Girls United Together for Success (GUTS) has put Nigeria on the world map of UNICEF's 2015 The State of the World's mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, highlighting the work of remarkable young innovators who are already re-imagining the future – and invites the world to join this rising movement to advance the rights of every child.

About Girl Rising

Girl Rising is a global movement for girls' education, based primarily around a 2013 feature film, Girl Rising, produced by Kayce Freed, Tom Yellin and Holly Gordon at The Documentary Group in partnership with Paul G. Allen and Jody Allen of Vulcan Productions. It was directed by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins and features narration by Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez, Liam Neeson, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Grace Moretz, Freida Pinto, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep, Alicia Keys and Kerry Washington.

The film tells the stories of nine girls from nine countries: (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India and Cambodia).[Each girl had her story written by a writer from her country and voiced by renowned actors. Their stories reflect their struggles to overcome societal or cultural barriers. The writers are Loung Ung (Cambodia), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Manjushree Thapa (Nepal), Mona Eltahawy (Egypt), Maaza Mengiste (Ethiopia), Sooni Taraporevala (India), Maria Arana (Peru), Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Zarghuna Kargar (Afghanistan). The girls' names are Sokha (Cambodia), Wadley (Haiti), Suma (Nepal), Yasmin (Egypt), Azmera (Ethiopia), Ruksana (India), Senna (Peru), Mariama (Sierra Leone) and Amina (Afghanistan).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets representatives of the "Girl Rising" campaign in New Delhi; 17 June 2015.

Journalists of the Documentary Group founded Girl Rising as an organization and campaign called 10x10. Originally, the film team hoped to profile ten girls from ten countries, but settled for nine, due to budget and time constraints.

About Girls United Together for Success (GUTS)
For GUTS, every girl in Nigeria must go to school and have a good education from primary school to the university.
GUTS will campaign against every form of child labor in Nigeria and stop poor girls being used as hawkers and housemaids in every community in Nigeria.

GUTS is not an NGO and will not be an NGO. It is going to use mass communication for mass literacy campaign for the education of all girls everywhere they are in Nigeria. The GUTSY messages will be spread by word of mouth, online and offline, on social network sites, publications in print media, radio, TV, T-Shirts, Face-caps, scarves, bandannas, mugs, etc for the public enlightenment to support GUTS 24/7!
GUTS will also use Hashtag Activism on Twitter.

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