In the new short film Brave Girl Rising, Nasro, a 17-year-old Somali refugee, shares her story from the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Every day, Nasro fights for her basic survival, safety and access to the one thing that gives her hope for the future: her education. Created by Girl Rising, a global non-profit that uses storytelling to expand girls access to education, the film is in five parts, each set to original poetry by renowned British-Somali poet Warsan Shire (once a refugee herself) and narrated by actress Tessa Thompson.
“Our mission at Girl Rising is to change the way that people value girls,” says Martha Adams, chief creative officer at Girl Rising and co-director of Brave Girl Rising. “The genesis of this project is the belief that Girl Rising must speak up for the millions of girls around the world who are undervalued and face gender discrimination in all its forms.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2019, Girl Rising, along with the support of HP and other partners, produced Brave Girl Rising to draw attention to the mass displacement crisis that currently impacts more than 68 million people around the world. Since war broke out in Somalia in the early 1990s, nearly 20 percent of the population has been displaced by crisis caused by conflict, flooding and drought.