The Period Store which caters to women going through their not-fun monthly visit from Aunt Flo has extended beyond pampering the PMS-challenged to helping educate girls around the world. How?
They have arranged to host a screening of the documentary film, Girl Rising, October 7th at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in New York City.
The screening is part of the celebration for International Day of the Girl. “One of our goals at The Period Store is to empower women in need. After watching the moving Girl Rising trailer we wanted to join the Girl Rising movement. We contacted Girl Rising about setting up a screening in Manhattan and they suggested us screening it as part of International Day of the Girl” says Rubi A. Jones, one of the founders of The Period Store.
So what is this documentary all about? According to their website, “Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses.” The movement is “a global action campaign for girls' education, founded by award-winning journalists at The Documentary Group and Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions, along with strategic partner, Intel Corporation.”
Their motto is simple. Educate girls and you will change the world.
Girls become women who influence their families through relationships such as wives, mothers, daughters, sisters. Women are the glue that holds families together, and there is no more important role than that. Women support, nurture, heal, and are the heart of a family. What they teach to those they love becomes the foundational lessons of their lifetimes.
Two major issues addressed in Girl Rising are HIV infection and child mortality rates; both of which can be dramatically reduced through educating young ladies about their bodies. When women are kept in the dark, kept from knowledge, the rate of both infectious and fatal STDs rises, and infant death rates rise right along with them.
In support of educating women, The Period Store has stepped up in solidarity with women everywhere and through the screening of this ground-breaking documentary film, hope to both educate and empower more women, and also men who support women’s equality.
“We... are donating all the proceeds of the event to the 10×10 Fund for Girls’ Education.” Jones shares that attendees will also receive a Period Store tote bag designed for the event and filled with goodies similar to what their subscribers receive in their Period Store packages. And if attendance isn’t possible, TPS will be selling the specially designed tote bags in their store, and proceeds from those sales will be donated to the fund as well. This allows everyone to participate.
For those who would like to host their own screening in another city, there are several ways in which to make it happen. Visit 10x10act.org here to see how you can get this amazing film screened near you.
There is no greater women’s rights issue than the right to education. Education leads to better relationships, sexual empowerment, and stronger communities all around. So if you happen to be in Manhattan October 7th, make plans to check out Girl Rising.
The Sunshine Cinema is located at 143 E. Houston Street, Manhattan, and the screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online here.
Learn more about The Period Store in my article “Menstruation got you down? The Period Store will perk you up!”
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