S.Sudanese Girls’ Film To Be Screened At UN Headquarters On Day Of Girl Child

A film produced by the Girls Education South Sudan (GESS) and Medical Aid Films will be screened at the United Nations in New York today on the Day of the Girl Child to celebrate the world’s 1.1 billion girls.

S.Sudanese Girls’ Film To Be Screened At UN Headquarters On Day Of Girl Child
one of the girls of Juba Academy in class in February this year. [Gurtong file photo ]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 11 October 2017 [Gurtong]-GESS Team Leader, Akuja Mading de Garang, announced that one of the films, called ‘Poni’s Journey’ will be screened at the flagship event, ‘Girls Speak Out’ at the United Nations in New York today to showcase powerful, everyday stories from girls around the world.

“Poni’s Journey touches upon the theme of displacement and directly links into the objective of this year’s event - to bring global attention to the challenges and opportunities girls face before, during, and after crises,” Hannah Rollings, GESS Communication Officer said in a press statement on Tuesday.

Two other films will also be launched alongside ‘Poni’s journey’ in Juba to mark the internationally-recognized day. The films touch upon themes of displacement, early marriage and early pregnancy, and financial poverty.

Akuja Mading de Garang said: “We also want to get these films out to a national audience. They are expressions of solidarity that we hope will inspire the girls of South Sudan to stand strong in the face of adversity.”

The ongoing conflict in South Sudan has negatively impacted upon education. Negative sociocultural attitudes towards girls’ education also prevent girls from getting educated. According to GESS, in 2016, 128,000 girls started primary school, but only 2,700 completed secondary school in South Sudan.

The GESS Leader pointed out that the girls’ “personal experiences and challenges in accessing education served as the inspiration for each story. Film is a powerful medium to raise awareness and this is an incredible opportunity to highlight the issues that South Sudanese girls are facing.”

The International Day of the Girl Child, celebrated on the 11th October every year, is a globally-recognized celebration of the world’s 1.1 billion girls who are a powerful source of strength and creativity.

Girls' Education South Sudan (GESS) is an initiative of the Ministry of General Education and
Instruction of South Sudan and funded by the UK government. GESS is working nationwide to transform the lives of a generation of children in South Sudan – especially girls – through education.

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