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The film Girl Rising has helped to highlight what aid workers have known for years: that educating young women helps them and their communities flourish and succeed

Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto are among the most watched women in the world. Now, with a handful of other stars, they have come together to tell the stories of nine unknown girls, all of whom struggled to acquire what should be a universal right: an education.

In a project launched to coincide with International Women's Day, the four actresses have been joined by Selena Gomez, Priyanka Chopra, Chloë Moretz, Salma Hayek, Kerry Washington and Alicia Keys. All have given time to make Girl Rising, which has its premiere in New York on Thursday.

The film, made by documentary director Richard E Robbins, began as an investigation into a fact universally acknowledged by international aid workers: that educating girls »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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