Past Event

HDF Girl Rising Screening

HDF is partnering with 10×10 – Girl Rising to organize October screenings of this groundbreaking film about the transformative impact of educating girls. Help spread this important film’s powerful message: when you educate a girl, you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

If you haven’t seen it, “Girl Rising” is a critically acclaimed film that “tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Alicia Keys, and Selena Gomez.”

It’s astonishing but true that there are 33 million fewer girls in primary school than boys, according to the UN initiative ‘Education First’. The film is part of the 10×10 – Girl Rising campaign to reach global audiences and inspire individuals to take action for girls. It aims to “showcase the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.”

October 11 is the UN’s International Day of the Girl and, while many screenings are being organized to correspond with this day, screenings or celebrations can take place anytime during the month of October.

Join us in Chicago at Overflow Coffee Bar as HDF moderates a full screening and a panel discussion with:

Nura Maznavi:
Nura is an attorney, writer, and Fulbright Scholar. She has worked with migrant workers in Sri Lanka, on behalf of prisoners in California, and with a national legal advocacy organization leading a program to end racial and religious profiling. Her first book Love, InshAllah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women (Soft Skull Press, 2012) was featured globally by media including the New York Times, NPR, the BBC, Washington Post, Guardian, and Times of India. She is currently working on Love InshAllah‘s companion anthology Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy (Beacon Press, February 2014).

Nabeela Rasheed:
Nabeela is a Ph.D., and a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy provides clients with effective patent prosecution and IP portfolio management, securing robust IP rights. She also advises clients in joint ventures and strategic alliances, conducting IP due diligence in relation to mergers, acquisitions and other transactions and regularly negotiates licensing and other agreements.
A highly trained biochemist, Dr. Rasheed has an extraordinary understanding of the technologies, laws and regulatory processes that play a role in the marketability and success of agricultural, biological, medical and pharmaceutical products. Dr. Rasheed is a board member of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations and also serves on the boards of various not-for profit organizations.

Navaid Abidi:
Navaid is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropic investor in social enterprise projects that span Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He has served on the board of directors for HDF, and supervised the launch of an innovative digital education program that has demonstrated to be one of the most scalable, cost-effective, and high impact rural education intervention in the developing world. Navaid has a B.S in ELectrical Engineering from Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated Beta Gamma Sigma with an MBA in Analytic Finance and Econometrics from Chicago Booth. He is also the current President of OPEN Chicago, and is a member of the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group at the UChicago Becker Friedman Institute and serves as a mentor to graduate students at the Harris School of Public Policy.

Jamil Khoury:
Jamil is Founding Artistic Director of Silk Road Rising Promoting playwrights of Silk Road backgrounds is a passion that dovetails well with Khoury’s experiences living in the Middle East and his eleven years as a cross-cultural trainer and international relocations consultant. He is particularly interested in the intersections of culture, national identity, sexuality, and class. Khoury holds a M.A. degree in Religious Studies from The University of Chicago Divinity School and a B.S. degree in International Relations from Georgetown University ‘s School of Foreign Service. He is a Kellogg Executive Scholar (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University) and has been awarded a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Management. Khoury is the 2013 recipient of Actor Equity Association’s Kathryn V. Lamkey Award for promoting diversity and inclusion in theatre, and the 2010 recipient of the 3Arts Artist Award for Playwriting.

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