Heard of this movie? Girls rising. It’s a documentary showcasing eight different stories about girls from the young age of 8-12 in different parts of the world. Those include: Haiti, Egypt, Afghanistan and Nepal. All of the girls in these movies are real, and their accounts of injustice, also very real.
In the movie it is mentioned that there are 33 million fewer girls enrolled in school than boys. This is due to the unjust systems that are installed in different countries. Where boys have more of a chance to get further in school than girls. They are left behind at home to cook, clean and reproduce. Or even worse. Sold into slavery.
Ever heard the term Kamlari? I doubt it. Kamlari girls could be compared to children sold into slavery. Young girls at the tender age of six is being sold off to slavery. To be fair to the parent in this case some must do this since they can’t provide for the child in question. However, that doesn’t excuse the fact that they sent their child away to provide for themselves.
This practice is in effect Nepal, even though it’s been outlawed by the government in 2004. The local authorities may know about a few kamlaris but they don’t bother with it. There are still thousands of girls that have been former kamlaris and there are still kamlaris even today. One of those former kamlaris was Suma which was featured as a story in this very film.
Suma was only 6 when her parents shipped her away as a kamlari to different masters. In total she was at three different houses with three different masters. She was uneducated and only did labour at the master’s house. However, at the third house a woman showed up. She demanded that Suma be set free and returned to the parent. The master naturally refused. But that woman was persistent. She came by again and again with the same demand until finally the demands were met. Suma was returned to her parents and she continued her education.
That woman was with the NYO. The Nepal Youth Organization. Their main objective is to rescue kamlaris from their slavery and then help them with their education. Their cause has helped many and will help many more. Suma is along with them and is adding her voice alongside others that demand freedom of the Kamlaris.
Slavery still exists. You may avert your eyes from it, but you can’t deny it. Children are still in chains and people are focusing their attention on their own affairs. Shall we just turn a blind eye to other people’s problems and just focus on surviving our own? Some do, others don’t. And those who don’t are the ones solving problems that not even the government will pick up on.
The movie «Girl Rising»