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K-State Today

September 19, 2014



Movies on the Grass Sept. 21, panel discussion Sept. 22

By Maria Beebe

Join us for the film "Girl Rising" at 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Coffman Commons and a panel discussion, "Challenging Gender Inequality: Empowering Girls through Education," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the K-State Student Union's Big 12 Room.

The Coffman Commons is on the south lawn of Hale Library. In case of rain, the film will be shown at Town Hall in the Leadership Studies Building.

The film goes 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.

Bring a lawn chair or a blanket.

To follow up on the film, there will be a panel discussion, "Challenging Gender Inequality: Empowering Girls through Education," led by Nadia Shapkina, assistant professor of sociology. 

Contemporary research consistently shows that female education facilitates economic growth and development. However, there are still numerous barriers for girls and women in many countries to have access to schools and universities. What are some of the challenges that women across the world face in terms of receiving education? How do they overcome them? What organizations and actors are there to promote girls' education? Come and listen to a group of young women from different countries talking about their educational experiences. Learn about educational barriers and what can be done for girls' and women's educational, social, and economic empowerment.