Kaycee Freed Jennings, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of The Documentary Group, will receive the WEP Red Bangle Award
Kaycee Freed Jennings, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President of The Documentary Group, will receive the WEP Red Bangle Award

NEW YORK (TIP): Women’s Education Project (WEP) will honor Kayce Freed Jennings of The Documentary Group and the film Girl Rising with WEP’s Red Bangle Award. The ceremony will be held on March 16th at 6:00 PM at the Consulate General of India, 3 East 64th Street, New York.

Celebrating, in part, International Women’s Day, WEP’s Red Bangle is awarded to “exceptional women, who by their life and accomplishment demonstrate the indomitable eloquence of the human spirit and inspire others to higher goals”.

Ms. Jennings, the first to be so honored, was the unanimous choice of WEP’s Awards Committee said Committee Chair, Veebha Mehta. “More than anyone we discussed how Kayce Jennings and her remarkable, deeply inspiring film Girl Rising expressed the qualities the Red Bangle honors. She was our first thought and we are delighted she will be our first honoree.”

The film, from Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins, presents the stories of nine courageous young women each from a different developing country and the challenges they each overcome to pursue their dreams.

“The transformative power of education is overwhelming – in the best sense – so we’re incredibly excited to have the opportunity to bring the Girl Rising campaign to India. With the support and guidance of an extraordinary group of local partners, we look forward to using all the persuasiveness of Girl Rising storytelling to focus attention on the critical goals of raising secondary school completion rates for girls and reducing gender-based discrimination,” said Ms. Jennings.

Ms. Jennings will accept the award on behalf of the nine young women who are featured.

The Consul General of India in New York, Ambassador Dnyaneshwar M. Mulay’s opening remarks will begin the celebration. Afterwards Kayce Jennings will join Zoë Timms, Founder and Director of Women’s Education Project in a discussion about global girls education. A reception will close the evening.

Admission is complimentary. Please RSVP to info@womenseducationproject.org  

Founded in 2002, Women’s Education Project provides academic, social and financial resources for young women from families living on less than $1.50 a day to succeed in college and careers. At Centers in Madurai, Hyderabad, Kadapa, South India, women enhance their academic preparation, mentor with career professionals, and enlarge their vision of life’s possibilities. Equally important, they gain confidence and, perhaps for the first time in their lives, discover a sense of self. Please visit the organization
at www.WomensEducationProject.org

For further information, Contact Zoë Timms, Executive Director, Women’s Education Project  at 917-470-4991.

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