Nepal: Defining Girl Rising

Photo Credit: Setopati via

Photo Credit: Setopati via

“Change is like a song you can’t hold back.”

-Suma, Nepal, Girl Rising

Last week, Suma, featured in the Nepal chapter of Girl Rising, raised her voice on the streets of Nepal to speak out against bonded labor. Suma’s story has transcended her chapter in the movie as she continues to speak out against the practice of Kamlari– families selling their daughters into indentured servitude.  Technically outlawed in 2006, more than 20,000 young girls are still held in bonded labor today.  Former Kamlari are in talks with the government, asking them to enforce the ban legally and to provide support for former Kamlari, including vocational training and money for education.

Today, June 12th, is World Day Against Child Labor.  The focus in 2013 is to eliminate child labor in domestic work.  UNICEF reports that 150 million children, ages 5-14 are involved in child labor and it is estimated that 90 percent of those held in domestic servitude are girls.

See how Suma’s Story began on June 16th when CNN premieres Girl Rising on television.

Watch the video below when 10×10 first interviews girls held in Kamlari:

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