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Published in This Week on November 11, 2013

Global Health Interest Group hosts Girl Rising

Students, faculty and their teenage children are invited to a free screening of the provocative film Girl Rising, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in rooms A and B in the UMMC Student Union.

The student organization Global Health Interest Group (GHIG), formerly known as Humanitarian Health Partnership, is host of the event.

Stories depicted in the film are based on the lives of nine adolescent girls in several different countries. Their obstacles to getting an education include child labor, trafficking, early marriage, gender violence and poor access to health care; the film is rated PG-13.

“We take for granted so many things we have in the states, and education is definitely one; girls in other countries have to struggle for it,” said Dr. Jericho Bell, assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics at UMMC and GHIG’s faculty advisor.

The hope is that, upon viewing this film, UMMC students and employees will become more aware of these issues and will be encouraged to take action.

Although admission is free, the screening is tied to a collection drive: Boxes placed around the campus are for donations of hygiene products for the Mercy Delta Express Program, which will distribute them to schools.

For more information on the documentary, visit www.girlrising.com. For details on the screening, contact Alexandra Ruhl, aruhl@umc.edu; or Dr. Jericho Bell, jlbell@umc.edu. For more information on the Mercy Delta Express Program, contact Dr. Lisa Haynie, lhaynie@umc.edu.


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