New Trier clubs to host “Girl Rising” film screening with guest speaker Nasreen Sheikh

Girl Rising

Winnetka, Ill. - On April 25 at 7 p.m., New Trier High School's UNICEF and Girl Up clubs will host a fundraiser screening of Girl Rising, a film that tells the story of nine girls from developing countries overcoming great obstacles to obtain an education and change their fates. The event will feature Nasreen Sheikh, an international public speaker and advocate for fair trade, gender justice and environmental protection. Tickets are $15, and all community members are invited.

"The event provides a fantastic opportunity to hear global perspectives on the struggles girls face to gain an education," said junior Katy Pickens, a member of New Trier's Girl Up club.

Guest speaker Sheikh worked 15-hour days in a Nepali sweatshop as a child, but with the help of a kind stranger who taught her to "read and seize her destiny," she escaped her forced marriage and fate as a child laborer. Determined to empower disadvantaged women, Sheikh founded the fair trade company Local Women's Handicrafts in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Girl Rising , by Academy Award nominee Richard E. Robbins, is narrated by actors Cate Blanchett, Priyanka Chopra, Salma Hayek, Meryl Streep and Kerry Washington.

"With 140 million children out of school, organizations like Girl Up and UNICEF are paramount to ensuring that all children stay where they belong: in a classroom," said junior Kathryn Hemmer, a UNICEF National Council member and club co-head.

The fundraiser will be held in McGee Theatre at the New Trier Winnetka Campus, 385 Winnetka Ave. Tickets can be purchased for $15 online at or at the door. All proceeds of the event will support Girl Up, a United Nations Foundation that supports adolescent girls' education, health, and safety in the developing world, and UNICEF USA, which provides humanitarian aid for children in crises.