CLARKS | GIRL RISING
CREATING A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD
As part of our collaboration with actress and humanitarian Freida Pinto, we’ve joined forces with Girl Rising, a charity working to change the way the world values girls and invests in their potential. Girl Rising is dedicated to this cause because giving girls access to education and opportunity is a proven catalyst to a healthier, more prosperous, and more sustainable world for us all.
Meet the girls
Girl Rising helps the girls they work with develop agency and confidence in their own voice, so they stand up for themselves and challenge harmful social norms globally.
Despite India being one of the world’s fastest growing economies, it remains oneof the most challenging countries to bea girl or woman, ranking 127 out of 160on the gender inequality index. Ruksana’s family moved from the countryside to the streets of Kolkata solely to ensure their daughters could go to school. Ruksanais currently in the 10th grade, and overthe last year, she has especially enjoyed playing soccer as part of an after school program in her neighborhood.
Though her brothers attended school in Nepal, Suma was forced into bonded labour at the age of six, a practice known as Kamlari. Suma today is a passionate advocate for the rights of girls and is currently studying to be a teacher.
Along with other former Kamlari girls, Suma works to rescue girls in illegal bondage and also advocates for girls’ rights and education in Nepal. Suma also loves to write music and sing.
Wadley was just seven years old when Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake destroyed her home and school. Though she was turned away from the tent camp school every day due to lack of resources, she never lost her spirit or thirst to learn,going on to love math and science,and to become one of the top studentsin her class in Port-au-Prince. One dayshe hopes to eventually realise herdream of becoming a doctor.
GIRL RISING TELLS STORIES TO IGNITE CHANGE.
When girls are valued and educated they grow up into women whose families thrive. Communities, nations and the world are healthier, safer and more prosperous.