We’ve come a long way

Our founder travelled to rural Rawalakot, in Pakistan and saw how some girls risked life and limb to get an education, she documented this in a short film which went viral.

The trials and barriers she saw affecting the girls there touched her so deeply that she made a vow to share their stories, and to help more girls to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

And so Rising Girl was created. Here’s our story so far…


September 2020
Preparing to work with ten schools in Birmingham and deliver the Rise Together programme.
July 2020
Launched weekly online series of Ted style webinars over the summer period with Naz Legacy foundation featuring trailblazers who have risen, despite facing prejudice, discrimination and racism. Sharing their powerful stories and participating in the Q&A from partipants made up of young people. Speakers include RH Baroness Scotland QC, Asma Khan, Princess Badiya, Dawn Butlet MP and many more.
June 2020
Preparing to take the Rise Together programme online as part of the Rising Girls Covid-19 response. This programme aims to help girls overcome issues, whilst they are in lockdown and during the summer holiday period.
May 2020
Supported the Birmingham Education Partnership by running a social media campaign to get more young girls online encouraging people to donate used laptops to be re-configured and distributed.
April 2020
Developed a series of social media posts targeted at girls aged 11-18 to help engage and get them through the Covid-19 pandemic during lockdown.
April 2020
Three secondary schools in Birmingham prepare to deliver the Rise Together classroom based programme to their female students.
July 2019
Our first cohort of the Rise Together programme graduate.
May 2019
Rise Together pilot delivered by Barnardo’s at our first school.
June 2018
Rising Girl receives official charity status in England and Wales.
March 2019
Rise Together Pakistan gender equity programme written ready for delivery.
April 2018
Rising Girl film premieres in London, Manchester and Birmingham. Baroness Warsi, Pinky Lillani CBE, Dr Nighet Awan OBE share their rising stories at the event. The film goes viral.
March 2018
Meeting with Javed Khan, CEO of the UK’s largest and oldest children’s charity, Barnardo's.
Rising Girls commissions Barnardo’s to write the Rise Together programme.
January 2018
Awareness campaigns launched in London and Birmingham about the need for a charity that empowers girls to rise through education.
April 2015
Award-winning BBC journalist, Emb Hashmi visits a girls’ school in Rawalakot, Kashmir, Pakistan. She meets a girl called Sonya who has risked everything to remain in school and study. Sonya dreams of becoming a doctor to help lift her family out of poverty. Emb makes a film about Sonya called Rising Girl.