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    Thursday, June 12, 5:30pm-8:00pm

     at Spalding Egan Leadership Center the Louisville community will rise in support of the nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school dormitory on April 28, 2014. This screening will shine the spotlight on the transformative power of girls’ education.   The event will begin with a rally at 5:30pm in front of the Spalding Egan Leadership Center (901 South 4th Street), followed by a screening and discussion of the film.  The event is free and open to the public.  To register, visit

    In light of the recent highly publicized events in Nigeria, this event will bring the community together to raise global visibility about the importance of educating girls. The goal is to share the story of the nearly 300 missing Nigerian girls, to invest in them, and to stand with them by taking action locally.

    "Mercy Beyond Borders at Mercy Academy and Louisville Girls Leadership have come together because we believe in the impact that education can have on not only girls, but the entire world,” said Louisville Girls Leadership co-chair Savannah Molyneaux. “This event is dedicated to raising awareness and breaking down barriers that can hinder girls from receiving the education they deserve, such as early marriage, sex and labor trafficking, and sexism. By raising awareness in Louisville and other cities, we are also raising girls up and giving them a chance for a better future through the power of education. We are proud to be part of this movement in the fight for global equality."


    Girl Rising was directed by Academy Award­nominee Richard E. Robbins and is narrated by Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Selena Gomez, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, Chloë Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington. The film premiered in the United States on March 7th, the eve of International Women’s Day, and has since been screened by millions in cinemas, campuses, corporate boardrooms and private homes worldwide.

    ABOUT Mercy Academy Beyond Borders

    Mercy Beyond Borders is an extra-curricular service group made up of young women at Mercy Academy in grades 9-12 who strive to be the difference beyond their own 'borders'.  The students work to promote awareness of global issues, especially those related to girls and women, through education within the school community and beyond, through creative fundraising opportunities and through partnerships with local organizations actively working to create change in the Louisville area. These young ladies are continuously seeking ways to improve the community locally, nationally and internationally. @MercyGirlRising

    ABOUT Louisville Girls Leadership

    Louisville Girls Leadership (LGL) is a leadership development program designed for female students, ages 15 to 18, to have an opportunity to come together from all areas of Jefferson County to develop life skills and alliances that will enable them to become visionary community leaders. Led by a steering committee of diverse 11th and 12th grade girls, LGL gives young women the opportunity to grow as leaders and develop confidence by building key leadership skills through a yearlong curriculum lead by community leaders. for more information. @LGirlsL

    Photo courtesy of Louisville Girls Leadership Facebook Page 

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