‘Girl Rising’ author shares work to improve lives of girls

Photo by Tanya Lee Stone

Award-winning author and Champlain College faculty member Tanya Lee Stone visits Bristol on Feb.7 to discuss and answer questions about her latest book, “Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time,” which examines global barriers to girls’ education.

Organized by the One World Library Project, the free event will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. at Holley Hall and is geared toward middle and high school students and members of the community.

According to a 2016 UNESCO report, 130 million girls around the world are missing from classrooms. Girl Rising, a global campaign for girls’ education, was initiated by a team of journalists “to change the way the world values girls and to ensure girls everywhere can be full and equal participants in society.” In 2013, Girl Rising created a film which chronicled the stories of nine girls in the developing world, allowing viewers the opportunity to witness how education can break the cycle of poverty and to celebrate these girls’ resilience against all odds.

For her book, Stone gathered new research to illuminate the facts behind the film, focusing both on the girls captured on camera and many others. She examines barriers to education in depth—early child marriage and childbearing, slavery, sexual trafficking, gender discrimination, and poverty—and shows how removing these barriers means not only a better life for girls, but safer, healthier, and more prosperous communities.

This is Stone’s 100th published book, many of which are written for children, middle schoolers and young adults.

This presentation is supported in part by the Vermont Humanities Council, is open to the public and accessible to individuals with disabilities. Information: Lawrence Memorial Library, 453-2366 or OneWorldLibraryProject.org.

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