IN WHAT could be an eye-opener for thousands of girls deprived of basic education rights in India, a 90-minute documentary based on the youngest Nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousufzai, will be screened at the Mumbai University on November 7.
Snehalaya, an Ahmednagar-based institution for marginalised women and children, along with the first crowd-funding community,Global Giving, will be screening the documentary — He named me Malala.
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Directed by Davis Guggenheim, the documentary takes a look at the events leading up to Taliban’s attack on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai for standing up for girls’ rights for education, followed by the aftermath, and her speech at the United Nations. While the documentary has been released in the US, other countries including India will get to see it on November 7.
“The aim is to encourage girls in the age group of 13-23 to understand the challenges that Malala faced before ‘her voice’ could be heard,” says Miranda Hudson, CEO of Friends of Snehalaya in the UK, who arrived in Ahmednagar on Tuesday.
As many as 7,000 schoolgirls will participate at the screening and a function that will be held at the Mumbai university where they will also get an opportunity to voice their concerns over the challenges faced by women every day.
State Education Minister Vinod Tawade along with 20 NGOs, who are part of the “Her Voice” campaign, will be present.
Girish Kulkarni, founder of Snehalaya, Ahmednagar, said the film will be screened at Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and New Delhi. The movie screening embodies the spirit of what Malala stood for, he added.
Hudson, who is also part of the Global Giving’s month-long campaign to be launched on November 9 to raise awareness on violence against women in India, pointed out that every sixth woman in India is pushed into child marriage and over a million girls are married before the age of 18. This campaign provides a platform for non-profit organisations to share specific stories that represent the message of “HerVoice campaign: stopping violence against women in India.”