We looked at a number of factors:
Issues: We chose countries where we could find compelling and representative examples of the barriers adolescent girls face in pursuing education through secondary school, including HIV, child labor, trafficking, early marriage, natural disasters, gender violence, conflict, and insufficient access to health care. We did not choose countries because they were the worst or the the best on any international lists or assessments but, rather, because they were representative.
Partners: We chose countries where our non-profit partners have proven girl-focused programs already in operation. Our goal has always been to use the momentum of the Girl Rising campaign, and the distribution of Girl Rising, to drive funding towards programs that serve girls everyday, so creating deep connections with some of the best programs in the world was an early priority. In addition, our non-profit partners provided the Girl Rising film team with invaluable operational and logistical support. As we move into international distribution, our partners will be vital to on-the-ground engagement with girls, their parents, and their communities around the world.
Writers: Girl Rising researched accomplished women writers in the developing world and, in some cases, the attributes and talents of a particular writer influenced the selection of a country.