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Panel talk after screening of 'girl rising' on Oct. 10

Maryam Abdul-Aleem | 10/10/2013, 4:36 p.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 10, in honor of International Day of the Girl and as part of the monthly women’s networking initiative hosted by LadyDrinks, TV anchor Joya Dass and Emmy-winning producer Greta Knutzen will be uniting women leaders in New York City for a panel discussion following a special screening of “Girl Rising” at the Park Avenue Screening Room.

The documentary, from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, tells the story of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery and sexual abuse. Despite these obstacles, the girls break barriers and create change by getting an education. The trailer for “Girl Rising” can be seen online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJsvklXhYaE.

After the film viewing, Joya Dass will moderate a panel discussion with women in New York City whose work serves as a direct call to action: Joanna Sherman from the Bond Street Theatre (www.bondst.org); Kate Riley, She’s the First (www.shesthefirst.org); Emily May, co-founder and executive director of Hollaback! (www.iHollaback.org), the anti-street-harassment movement; and Eva Kaplan, co-director and co-president of Maria’s Libraries (www.mariaslibraries.org).

“It will be more than a wonderful evening of cocktails and conversation, in conjunction with a celebration of International Day of the Girl. Attendees will leave with real solutions,” says Joya Dass. “I don’t want the day to be just rhetoric. We are presenting real avenues for people to start helping from right here in New York.”

For more information, visit https://ladydrinksgirlrising.eventbrite.com or visit www.lady-drinks.com.