Girls, you can run the world (with education)
Meera Vijayan said she felt proud that she had managed to leave her small town and follow her dreams in Bangalore, India.
June 19th, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Girls, you can run the world (with education)

CNN Films' "Girl Rising" documents extraordinary girls and the power of education to change the world.

By Sarah Brown, CNN

(CNN) - What's the one thing you would tell girls about education?

Think carefully about your answer; after all, it can be the most important factor in lifting a girl from poverty, mistreatment and drudgery into a fulfilling and rewarding life, for both her and her family.

This is the question we asked people from around the world to share with us as part of the premiere of CNN Films' "Girl Rising," airing in June, which follows remarkable young girls from Peru to Afghanistan in their brave quest for an education.

CNN received dozens of responses, many from people sharing moving personal stories of their own struggles or those of mothers and grandmothers who had sacrificed so much so that future generations of girls would grow up enriched by knowledge.

'Never stop trying'

In a small town called Sivakasi in southern India, poverty and hardship meant many young girls would trudge every morning not to school but to work in the city's matchmaking and firework industries.

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