This past week has been a busy one if you’ve been interested in all the women’s events happening in our world. March 1st was the beginning of women’s history month, March 7th was the world premiere of the film “Girl Rising,” March 8th was International Women’s Day, and on Monday, Sheryl Sandberg of “Lean In” launched the new Ban Bossy Campaign.
Let’s say, for argument’s sake, you didn’t know all this was going on. You may have noticed Kidznotes had a performance at the “Girl Rising” screening in Raleigh. It was one of the only times an all-girl group of our students came together to play. Why is this important then? Because as Sheryl Sandberg, the people behind “Girl Rising,” the UN (which created International Women’s Day), and even Beyonce, have noticed, girls need to run more of the world.
“Girl Rising” is both a documentary and a movement to educate girls worldwide. Released in concert with this year’s International Women’s Day, screenings around the world were organized to spark discussion on the role of women in the developing world. The documentary is composed of vignettes from around the developing world which show the barriers to education that girls face. And the movement itself seeks to break down these barriers, ensuring that every girl is educated so that she can lift herself, her family, and her community out of poverty.
In Durham, the barriers are not as large as those in “Girl Rising” in places like Cambodia and Haiti, but they still exist. Things like food insecurity, homelessness, and even language keep girls (and boys) from achieving in school. Luckily for Durham, Kidznotes joins a veritable army of organizations who make it their mission to for children to grow up healthy and educated.
When our girls performed at the “Girl Rising” screening with their female teachers and volunteers, they showed their audience that when you give a girl an education and an instrument, she can do amazing things. Kidznotes girls will do amazing things, they will be the boss and not ‘bossy’, and they will make beautiful music all along the way.