The world's first Insta-documentary, created from Instagram footage, is unveiled today in honour of girls affected by child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
The2:20 minute Insta-film, 'Freedom Is...', which can be viewed at www.girlsummitpledge.com, is calling for an end to these harmful practices ahead of the world's first Girl Summit, to be held in London on 22 July. The Summit, hosted by the UK government and UNICEF, will be attended by world leaders and aims to mobilise domestic and international efforts to end FGM and child, early and forced marriage within a generation.
Instagram submissions from across the world came through in response to a social media campaign asking the question 'Freedom is...?'. The film explores the impact of restricting freedom, especially for girls who are subjected to forced marriage and FGM, and encourages viewers to sign the Girl Summit Pledge (www.girlsummitpledge.com) to help end these harmful practices within a generation.
Child, early and forced marriage affects millions of girls every year. One in three girls in developing countries is married by the age of 18, and some are as young as eight. Girls who marry young are more likely to be poor and stay poor, as well as be at increased risk of pregnancy and birth complications, domestic violence, sexual abuse and marital rape.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) removes a girl's right to have control over her own body. In some cultures it is traditionally considered essential for marriage. It can result in a lifetime of pain and difficulty in childbirth. Trends suggest at least 30 million girls will be at risk over the next decade - with more than 20,000 at risk in the UK every year.
Content was submitted for inclusion in the Insta-documentary from around the world, including contributions from UK, USA, Ethiopia and Zambia where people contributed their thoughts on what freedom means to them.
The Girl Summit Pledge has received 4,500+ pledges and 34,000 social messages of support and has reached 286 million people to date*, with support secured from Mia Farrow, David Cameron, Justine Greening, Bip Ling, Jon Snow, Sasha Wilkins and Sister Fa.
'Freedom Is...' will be screened in front of world leaders and global policy makers during the Girl Summit on 22nd July. The Summit will rally a global movement to end FGM and child marriage and preserve girls' childhoods, promote their education, reduce their exposure to violence and allow them to fulfil their potential in life.