Day of the Girl Child

Freedom and Equality for All Girls

Around the world, girls are denied basic freedoms, including the right to an education. Friday October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child. Started in 2011 by the United Nations, the day is set aside to raise awareness of the discrimination and abuse that millions of girls face every day. A variety of events are held on this day to highlight those inequalities and to recognize the challenges girls face around the world.

Since 2005, I have had the privilege of working with an amazing organization that is working to eradicate those injustices and inequalities in India, where women face a multitude of challenges and discriminations. One of the many missions of Rising Star Outreach is to provide boys and girls from leprosy colonies with a quality education and prepare them for a fulfilling and productive life.

In India, as in other countries, girls are often denied education, forced to marry young and are routinely subjected to physical and sexual abuse. If you’re interested, please take a minute to learn more about the work Rising Star Outreach is doing. And follow this link to learn more about International Day of the Girl Child.

In honor of this year’s theme of “Innovating for Girl’s Education”, here are some photos of girls thriving at Rising Star Outreach.


A young girl is eager to learn at the Rising Star Outreach school in India.

A young girl is eager to learn at the Rising Star Outreach school in India.


A young woman braids her hair every morning before school.


Sathiya has been at Rising Star Outreach since kindergarten. She is an excellent student and has already mastered English.


Sathiya has thrived at Rising Star Outreach, both academically and socially.

3 Responses

  1. Very compelling photos of these resilient and strong young women – what a marvelous mission undertaken by Rising Star Outreach! Thanks for shedding more light with your wonderful photographs.

  2. No one has ever captured what we were trying to build in India better than you did. Your artist’s eye and your beautiful heart combined to tell the story of Leprosy in a way that no words ever can. These pictures, and so many others, bring tears. Love and miss you Jean! xo Amy Antonelli

  3. Very inspirational! Thank you!

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