We Will Rise: Michelle Obama's Mission to Educate Girls Around the World


We celebrated International Day of the Girl 2016 by producing We Will Rise: Michelle Obama’s Mission to Educate Girls Around the World, a CNN film about the power of girls’ education.

Journey with global leaders and activists – including First Lady Michelle Obama, actors Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto, and CNN journalist Isha Sesay – to meet a group of girls from Liberia and Morocco who have overcome immense barriers to education. For us, this film represents another opportunity to share the voices of remarkable girls, which still too often go unheard.


leading ladies In Liberia

 In Liberia, several girls shared their extraordinary stories about staying in school despite all odds with former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, and Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The same girls who appear in We Will Rise came to Washington, D.C., for a special screening of the film at the White House in celebration of International Day of the Girl 2016.

Meryl Streep & Hanane

At 13, Hanane is the youngest of the girls featured in the film. Despite language barriers, she forms a special bond with Meryl Streep, sharing details about the challenges girls face in her community and the support she receives from the girls' empowerment program she attends.

Town HAll

Dozens of adolescent girls from across Morocco came together in Marrakech to share their stories and their dreams for the future, despite challenges – where education is not an expectation for most girls.

How to Watch

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Why Now?

We are so proud that millions of people around the world have seen and shared the powerful Girl Rising stories. But there are still so many other stories that need to be told – and heard – because access to education for girls continues to lag. So we call for everyone – no matter your gender, your age or your geography – to join us and work for change in pursuit of a better world for all. It’s time to let girls learn.