Free Movie Screening: Girl Rising
Wednesday, April 8
5:00pm – 8:00pm
PG&E’s Women’s Network and W-STEM network, and their community sponsor Spark, are honored to be screening Girl Rising. From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, Girl Rising journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams. This event also includes time for networking and a post-film discussion. Read more
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#giveheravoice Networking Happy Hour Presented by Salesforce and Google
Thursday, March 5
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
There are 27 million slaves in the world today. And each year, thousands of young girls from poor families in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh are kidnapped and forced into prostitution, further adding to the slave population. This April, in collaboration with effect.org, Shakti Samuha, and the documentary Stolen Innocence, a group of Salesforce and Google employees is traveling to Nepal to learn about this global issue first hand. They will be working with several nonprofits dedicated to eradicating human trafficking in order to better understand their challenges and goals. Read more
By: David Harris
While BAIL has done an incredible job this year building community among internationally-minded adults in the Bay Area, there is another group of people here in our little corner of the world that perhaps are just as much in need of help in this area: students. The Global Lives Project has set out to create opportunities for students to engage and get to know what everyday life is like around the world.
Global Lives video installations showcase daily life in its raw form — 24 hours of unedited footage from waking up and making breakfast to commuting, eating dinner and preparing for bed — presented in a way that surrounds viewers, inviting them to reflect and discuss the footage. From students in Malawi and Lebanon to a farmer in Indonesia or workers in Brazil and Serbia, our videos feature lives from around the world. Read more
By: Kimberley Sevcik
I’m the Engagement Director for a project called Women and Girls Lead Global (WGLG) that uses documentary film to raise awareness and spark attitude and behavior change around gender issues in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, Peru, and Jordan. Partnering with community organizations on the ground, we train facilitators to screen films about girls’ and women’s struggles and triumphs around the world; to lead conversations about the issues in the film, drawing analogies to community challenges; and to brainstorm solutions to those challenges.
When I tell people about the project, I generally get a two-tiered reaction.
The general population responds to the project’s sex appeal. They find it compelling. Everyone likes film, everyone likes a good story.
Development experts are more skeptical. They find it interesting, but they want to know how it’s making a positive – and measurable – difference.
It’s a question that I’ve been struggling to answer, too, as we round the bend on our third year of the project. Read more