Mohiuddin Joins Panel to Examine 'To Educate a Girl'

July 17, 2013

Last week, Marium Mohiuddin, MPAC's Communications Coordinator, was invited by UNICEF to speak on a panel following a screening of the documentary "To Educate a Girl."

In 2000, 110 million children in the world were not in school — two-thirds of them were girls. In 2010, filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky traveled to Nepal and Uganda, two countries emerging from conflict and struggling with poverty, to find the answer to one question: What does it take to educate a girl? Framed by the U.N. global initiative to provide equal access to education for girls by 2015, the powerful documentary takes a ground-up and visually stunning view of that effort through the eyes of girls out of school, starting school or fighting against the odds to stay in school.

Joining Mohiuddin on the panel was Cathy Hillman, Founder and President of Greater L.A. Chapter of USNC for UN WOMENKristen Hunsberger, Interim Staff Attorney and California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., and Carole Oglesby, Past-President of WomenSport International.

Each speaker touched upon the current status of education in the world and whether they thought it was getting better for women and girls. Though many thoughts on the situation were discussed, one thing all the speakers agreed upon is that no progression can be made without assistance from our male counterparts and without each audience member going out and making a difference. 

"The world is changing," Mohiuddin said. "Old regimes are falling apart with women playing a bigger hand in standing up for their rights. This is a small example of what will become a trickle down affect on how women and girls are treated and what kind of access they will have to education. One thing I do know is that we can't change the world without each one of us here commmitting to leaving our comfort zone and working for a cause geared toward social justice." 

The event was organized by U.S. Fund for UNICEF, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of UN Women, Soka Gakkai International (USA), Peace Over Violence, and the National Council of Jewish Women (Los Angeles). 

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