ENDING CHILD MARRIAGE IN MALAWI

In this exclusive interview at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, Program Manager at Girls Empowerment Network, Malawi, Tamara Mhango discusses her organization’s role in raising the legal age of marriage from 15 to 18 in Malawi.


REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE FOR WOMEN & GIRLS OF COLOR

In this exclusive interview at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, Rise Up Youth Champion, Nakita Shavers discusses the struggles to achieve reproductive justice for women & girls of color in the U.S. South.


THE STATUS OF SDG 3 IN NIGERIA

In this exclusive interview at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, Rise Up Champion and Women’s Health & Action Research Centre Deputy Director, Dr. Wilson Imongan discusses the work his organization is doing to help achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 in Nigeria.


ENDING FGM IN SAMBURU, KENYA

In this exclusive interview at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, World Pulse Ambassador, Christine Terina discusses ending FGM in Samburu, Kenya.


SAFE SPACES FOR GIRLS IN NORTHERN NIGERIA

In this exclusive interview at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women, Rise Up Champion & Girl Child Concerns Program Manager, Umma Illyasu-Mohammed discusses the importance of safe spaces for girls in Northern Nigeria.


YOUNG HEALTH PROGRAMME IN KIBERA SLUMS IN KENYA

Rise Up Program Manager, Rufaro Kangai is featured in this video which discusses the strategies of C4C Grantee Youth Health Programme (YHP) in preventing NCDs among youth in Kenya. YHP aims at contributing to improved health and gender equality of girls and boys, aged 10-24 years, by ensuring that young people in Kibera are practicing fewer risky behaviors as a result of increased capacity to make informed choices and to protect their own health, now and in the future.


THE POWER OF YOUTH

Rise Up Girl Leader Achie Gezahegne Gebre talks to UN Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin about the power of youth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


YOUTH HAVE THE POWER

Youth Champions Initiative (YCI) believes in the power of youth. In this video YCI Youth Champions make their voices heard.


A WARRIOR’S CRY AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE

Rise Up girl leader Memory Banda’s life took a different path from her sister’s. When her sister reached puberty, she was sent to a traditional “initiation camp” that teaches girls “how to sexually please a man.” She got pregnant there at age 11. But Memory refused to go. Instead, she organized other girls and asked village chiefs to issue bylaws that no girl should be forced to marry before turning 18. She pushed on to the national level… with incredible results for girls across Malawi.


GIRLS BEHIND THE CAMERA – MALAWI (FULL VERSION)

In October 2014, six young women from around Malawi participated in “Girls Behind the Camera,” an intensive six-day technical workshop focused on media advocacy. In addition to sharpening their digital storytelling skills, the girls wrote, produced, directed and recorded this nine-minute video sharing their experiences overcoming abuse and injustice. Each girl’s story focuses on a key issue area she is working on – including access to education, child marriage, and sexual assault – to make a positive impact for girls in her community. The video premiered at the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN. It is also being screened around Malawi to advocate for girl protections.


GIRLS BEHIND THE CAMERA – MALAWI (SHORT VERSION)

Rise Up enabled six Malawian girls to write, produce, direct and record this video sharing their experiences overcoming injustice. Each girl’s story focuses on her priority issue – including access to education, child marriage, and sexual assault.


PODER – A STORY OF POWER

Emelin and Elba, two indigenous Mayan girls from Guatemala who were part of Rise Up’s girl-led advocacy, fought for their rights and transformed their community. These inspiring leaders advocated for legislation and funding to ensure that girls can go to school, stay healthy, and escape poverty.


THE 2012 LIBERIAN CHILDREN’S ACT (FULL VERSION)

This is a video case study documenting the role of grantees HOPE & THINK in advocating for the passage of the national Children’s Act in Liberia – which was a low priority in the Senate when the grantees chose to collaborate to advocate for its passage in mid-2010. Together they trained the Liberian Children’s Parliament and local girls’ clubs to advocate for themselves, partnered with national child rights coalitions, and built public and policymaker support for the Children’s Act.


THE 2012 LIBERIAN CHILDREN’S ACT (SHORT VERSION)

This video case study documents the remarkable story of two organizations that received advocacy training and funding from Rise Up. HOPE & THINK successfully advocated for the national Children’s Act in Liberia, legislation that now guarantees two million children the right to healthcare, education and protection from violence.


GIRL DECLARATION – GUATEMALA

Rise Up is proud to share the voices and perspectives of inspiring girl leaders from Guatemala! This video amplifies girls’ stories and voices, and we invite you to meet them, hear from them, and join our movement so that girls can attend school, stay healthy, escape poverty, and overcome violence.


GLOBAL GIRLS’ CONVERSATION VIDEO CONTEST – 1st Place

1ST PLACE WINNER: Harriet Kamashanyu, Uganda
Our Global Girls’ Conversation video contest highlights girls’ power to create change. The contest enables girls and allied organizations to submit one- to two-minute videos capturing girls’ strategies and successes.


GLOBAL GIRLS’ CONVERSATION VIDEO CONTEST – 2nd Place

2ND PLACE WINNER: Somtochukwu Obinna-Njoku, Nigeria
Our Global Girls’ Conversation video contest highlights girls’ power to create change. The contest enables girls and allied organizations to submit one- to two-minute videos capturing girls’ strategies and successes.


GLOBAL GIRLS’ CONVERSATION VIDEO CONTEST – 3rd Place

3RD PLACE WINNER: Grace Mwase, Malawi
Our Global Girls’ Conversation video contest highlights girls’ power to create change. The contest enables girls and allied organizations to submit one- to two-minute videos capturing girls’ strategies and successes.


EVERYTHING HAS A TIME – BEING A GIRL IN LIBERIA (2012)

This is Oretha Yeagan, a young woman from Liberia who dropped out of the 6th grade. About to graduate from Rise Up grantee THINK’s Safe Home for Girls program, Oretha shares her experiences growing up during the war, and shares her plans for the future.


THE STORY OF FLORENCE AND HARMFUL TRADITIONAL PRACTICES IN MALAWI (2011)

This film highlights the effects of child marriage on adolescent girls. Produced by Rise Up grantee and lead partner in our Gates Grand Challenge work, GENET, the film is used as an advocacy and community awareness-building tool throughout Malawi.


REBECA ESTHER PEREZ, GUATEMALA FELLOW (2011)

2011 Rise Up Fellow Rebeca Esther Perez describes her participation our early years and highlights her work with CEIPA in Guatemala.