Tonight I had the opportunity to attend the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival in Sydney, thanks to Care for providing me with free tickets! I went to see their film ‘A Powerful Noise’ which follows three women and their triumph over adversity. Hanh from Vietnam is HIV positive and struggles to fit into a society that ostracize HIV carriers, Nada is a Bosnian War refugee and seeks to unite Bosnians and Serbs through providing employment for women, and Madame Urbain from Mali fights for powerless girls who she seeks to provide with education and vocational skills. This film beautifully documented the struggles and worries of girls, women, sisters and mothers yet conveyed their successes in a light which has absolutely convinced me that women are the key to eradicating extreme poverty. You can read further about this film and view the trailer at the website (above).
These three tales however, are mere representatives of many women who face adversity due to the effects of war and poverty. The majority of the 1.4billion people that live in extreme poverty are girls and women – yet these women are also the answer to eliminating extreme poverty. This is my greatest passion, and I’m sure there will be many more posts about this topic, however I would like to share with you one of my favourite videos which highlights just how essential women are in breaking the poverty cycle.
Invest in a girl, and she will do the rest. Profound isn’t it.