Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is GIrl Rising? Where do you work?

A: Girl Rising is a global social action campaign for girls’ education. Our purpose is to make sure people everywhere are talking about girls’ education, that they understand its transformative power, recognize the barriers girls face to accessing education, and choose to get involved and make a difference. We began in 2013 with the release of the film Girl Rising and have since grown into a non-profit organization.

We work in communities and countries across the globe. Learn more here.


q: What is the difference between the Fifth Anniversary edition and the original Girl Rising film?

A: The Fifth Anniversary Edition of Girl Rising now features narration from actor and girls’ education advocate, David Oyelowo. New data on girls’ education has been incorporated into the film to ensure that it is as accurate as possible and effective for girls’ education advocates. Perhaps the most meaningful is the inclusion of exclusive Where Are They Now videos of the nine girls in the film, which may be accessed in the Video Extras menu on the DVD and Bonus Content on the digital download.


Q. How does Girl Rising work with partners?

A: Together with partners, we launch high profile campaigns to bring visibility to the issues girls face and inspire people to dismantle the barriers that hold them back. Girl Rising enlists celebrities, global leaders and media partners to build campaigns with widespread visibility. We unite individuals, companies, organizations and governments to act as a collective force of positive change. Our partners expand the campaign’s impact by reaching larger audiences and growing the movement; they strengthen the message through their public support of the campaign; and they increase efficacy through their resources, relationships, and expertise. 


Q. How do I donate or Fundraise for Girl Rising?

A: Click here for information on donating online or via check. Each contribution to Girl Rising impacts girls and the community around her – her siblings, teachers, parents, leaders and beyond. Our work promotes the need to invest in girls and boys equally, proving the great possibilities when girls are supported and providing tangible ways to take action and get involved.

Some examples of what donations support include:

  • Production of mass media public service announcement campaigns, distributed in areas where girls' rights are severely limited
  • Re-enrollment programs for hundreds of out-of-school girls and boys in our program regions
  • Trainings for teachers focused on reducing gender bias in the classroom
  • Workshops for journalists to help them better report on peace, stability and education - with the role of women at the center
  • Support for curricula development and youth engagement programming
  • Translations and adaptations of the film for use in new contexts and cultures
  • Subsidized screening licenses for the Girl Rising film
  • Research and development for our expansion to new regions around the world
  • Data analysis to help us measure the effectiveness of our work

We are currently awaiting our 501©(3) designation. Until that time, we will continue accepting donations through the Girl Rising Impact Fund, managed by our fiscal sponsor the Tides Foundation. Any revenues generated go back into the project and furthering the goals of the campaign.


Q. How does Girl Rising cover its production/operating costs?

A: The production of Girl Rising and Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition was funded through the generosity of philanthropists, corporations, foundations and passionate supporters. Ongoing operating and production costs related to our global programming are funded by generous supporters, grants and sponsorships, and by revenue from film and merchandise licensing and sales.


Q. What kind of stories do you tell?

A: Girl Rising stories are rooted in beauty and truth. We choose to tell stories that inspire without sacrificing the reality in which our girls live. Our most forceful and eloquent storytelling tool to date is our critically acclaimed feature film. Narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Freida Pinto and others, it spotlights nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who battle nearly impossible odds to achieve their dreams. Learn more here.


Q: Where can I learn more about the girls featured in Girl Rising?

A: Each story featured in Girl Rising is a true story, though elements may have been reimagined during the film’s production. Our Meet The Girls page features a look at each of the girls in the film and updates on their educational journey. We have also included exclusive “Where Are They Now” videos for each girl as a special feature in Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition, available here.

The girls, as well as many others we have met, are featured in the book Girl Rising: Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone.


Q. What is a girl rising ambassador?

A: Girl Rising Ambassadors are celebrities, influencers and public figures who choose to lend their voice to the Girl Rising campaign, as narrators for our films, as public advocates or both.

This term was also used to describe a network of grassroots advocates that signed on to support Girl Rising in the early stages of our campaign. Due to transitions in our program structure and staff capacity, we selected to close the program in 2017. Many of these individuals, and countless others, continue to take action in support of Girl Rising. Our Get Involved page highlights some of the ways they do.


Q. Do I need permission to use photos & videos found on the Girl Rising Website?

A: All Girl Rising images are owned by Girl Rising or our photographers. Fundraisers, media, screening hosts and grassroots supporters are granted a nonexclusive right to use only the photos found in our Public Use folder on promotional material and social media directly related to their event or screening. No other Girl Rising images may be used by grassroots supporters in any way without advanced permission. If you would like to request permission for a specific image outside of this collection, please contact us.


Q. Who are your non-profit partners? How do you choose them?

A: Girl Rising works with a host of non profit partners around the world. Some we have formal relationships with and others we work with in a less formal way.

We selected seven Impact Partners when making our original film – widely viewed to have best-practice programs serving girls around the world. They committed to hosting our film team in one of the countries they operate in. In addition, they were complementary in their approach to interventions on behalf of girls. For example, CARE serves girls and women generally, while Room to Read is a literacy-focused organization. This was important because getting girls into school, keeping them there, and making sure they learn relies on a holistic approach that includes life-skills training, health training, the provision of safe-spaces, as well as traditional academic training.

These impact partners are: A New Day Cambodia, CARE, Partners in Health, Plan International USA, Room to Read, United Nations Foundation/Girl Up, and World Vision. Audience donations from 2013 - 2015 were distributed to these non-profit partners. These organizations also have the opportunity to incorporate the film into their programming and fundraising efforts as they see fit.

Girl Rising also has formal partnerships with a number of NGOs for our work around the world. All of our partners have an enthusiasm for the collaborative spirit of Girl Rising and are open to building a coalition of support for girls that includes our NGO partners as well as corporate partners, policy leaders and grassroots individuals. Meet our partners here.


Q. Can any person or organization have a private screening of Girl Rising?

A: Yes. Please note that screenings in one’s home do not require a screening license. You may purchase the DVD, Blu-Ray or digital download or view or rent the film online. You may rent a DVD from Netflix, and stream in some regions, or rent/view on YouTubeiTunes and Amazon.


Q. When do I need a screening license to share Girl Rising?

A: A screening license is required for all screenings organized outside of one’s home – whether or not you charge for tickets, or are a for-profit, non-profit organization or school. However, license fees vary by your type of organization and how many times you plan the screen the film.

When you buy, rent, or borrow any type of audiovisual work made by someone else (like the team behind Girl Rising!), you obtain only the copy of the content itself, and not the copyright to the movie. You certainly are free to watch the movie yourself or with your personal network in a private setting, but, beyond that, your rights are limited by law. When you purchase a screening license you are buying the rights to publicly screen the film in a designated location.

As an independent screening host, you are eligible for a public performance license which is considerably cheaper than what a commercial cinema must pay to show a film. We are unable to provide a discount on licenses at this time.

For screening specific FAQs and detailed information on the licenses we offer, visit our screenings page.


Q. How does my license fee benefit Girl Rising?

A: When you decide to screen Girl Rising, you’re receiving the rights to share the Girl Rising film and an opportunity to raise awareness. You’re also fueling a movement ending inequality and exploitation.

Girl Rising donated a portion of proceeds from licensing and screening revenue to the Girl Rising Fund between 2013 and 2015. Since then, every cent from licensing sales goes to further the work of our ongoing global campaign. Your contribution helps us keep girls’ education as part of the mainstream conversation. It pays for our staff to do things like new translations and adaptations of the film. It allows us to provide the film so partners may use it in their own communities, and importantly allows us to lay the groundwork and implement Girl Rising campaigns in new regions around the world.

Additionally, if you purchase the home-use edition from the streaming platform VHX, you are given the option to “Pay What You Wish,” providing space to include a donation with your purchase.


Q. Is the Girl Rising film available with subtitles?

A: Yes. View our current subtitled versions. If you are interested in the custom version of Girl Rising created for audiences in India, please email A subtitled version of Girl Rising: The Fifth Anniversary Edition will be available in April 2018.


Q. I'd like to offer Girl Rising merchandise at my event. Do you have wholesale prices or can you donate merchandise?

A: Girl Rising does offer wholesale option for our merchandise. Please note that due to inventory levels, we may not be able to offer every product for wholesale orders. If you are interested in purchasing a wholesale order please email with the following information: products you wish to purchase, quantity of each product, and the date you need the merchandise to arrive.

If you would like to directly order merchandise from the Girl Rising store, you may do so here. We are unable to give away merchandise at this time, but will update this page accordingly should we be able to in the future. 


Q. I'm not sure I can cover the cost of my screening license. Any advice?

A: You bet! Charge admission for your event, team up with other organizations or student groups to split the cost, and invite as many people as you’d like. We have found that individuals and groups partnering together host successful events by distributing the costs and leveraging their larger reach. The more partners, the better for attracting a big crowd.

You may also be interested in our free online chapters, Suma’s Story and Senna’s Story. These two free chapters, totaling 25 minutes, can be paired with extra, supplementary videos from our YouTube Channel about barriers to girls' education and the authors of the chapter. Together, they allow time for other features of your event, like a discussion, fundraiser, or anything else you can imagine!