Miami celebrates girls everywhere

South Florida is set to join the world in an international celebration of young women.

On Oct. 15, as part of the International Day of the Girl Child, the Miami chapter of UN Women will hold a fundraiser and screen a documentary directed by an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker.

The film, “Girl Rising,” tells the story of nine girls from different countries who overcame challenging situations. It features the voice of Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, and Alicia Keys.

Richard E. Robbins, the director, was nominated for the film industry’s most prestigious award for his documentary “Operation Homecoming,” which shows the experiences of troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

All proceeds will go to UN Women, which supports girls world-wide by working to increase their access to education and health care.

The screening will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Miami-Dade College’s Koubek Center, 2705 SW Third St.

An additional screening will be held at Florida International University on Oct. 21.

Tickets are $30 at the door or $20 if you pre-register by calling (305) 389-1485.

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