UNICEF and FEM: Girl Rising Movie Blast


Karolyne Diep

Beckman’s Female Empowerment Movement Club and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Club hosted their first collaborative movie night on Friday, March 17.

IRVINE – On Friday, March 17, the Female Empowerment Movement Club (FEM) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund Club (UNICEF) united for a special movie event. The film started at 2:45 p.m. and ended at 4 p.m., and was shown in Mr. Dalin’s room. The members watched Girl Rising, a film about eight girls that live in developing nations. The film featured the lives of the girls living in developing nations and the hardships they face in their daily lives and in their struggle to receive equality in their societies.




UNICEF and FEM joined together for the event because they wanted to unite for their similar club goals and mission statements. “FEM was partnering with UNICEF and joining the ideas of both of women’s rights and welfare of children,” explained FEM Co-President Nina Long. Many of the attendees of the event were touched by the movie and were able to learn more about the struggles of females in many developing countries.




“I was really impressed by the visuals because it really portrayed a different kind of life that was easy to follow. I think the visuals really helped because you got to see different girls and where they live in other parts of the world where I would probably never venture out to, and see how feminism is a universal concept of women trying to empower and their communities to raise above their class and position in society,” commented FEM Co-President Emily Higgins. The film displayed the determination of the eight females starred in the film, and how they could overcome the obstacles they faced in their daily lives.




“We still have a larger base of members that do not always come to the meetings but still share the same aspirations for women’s rights as [members that come out often] do. I hope they would have a better understanding of the experience of girls in developing countries and get insight into the struggles of these girls to attain an education, where we in the United States sometimes take that for granted,” expressed Long. The members were able to open their eyes to the obstacles and hardships that women and children face in developing countries.




“The takeaway from this movie should be that women around the world are not as privileged as we are and that it is important to see the struggles of women beyond our society. [The girls’ perspectives] changed [my view] as now I see that women are being deprived of basic human rights like education and we need to be able to see past simpler inequalities to those that are more pertinent to make effective change. I plan to bring more awareness to helping women in developing countries so that they can achieve better standards of living,” explained FEM Secretary Ambika Sharma.




Many of those who attended the movie event were able to gain awareness of the struggles and hardships of females in third-world countries. FEM and UNICEF are also currently planning to hold another movie night as well as several other activities to help evolve both feminism and human rights. They hope to raise more awareness of these females who fight a tough battle in developing nations.