“Girls Be Brave PSA,” produced and performed by the students of St. Karen’s High School in Patna, India with the help of Next Level.
The scene: Two teenage boys—doing their utmost to appear cool—loiter against a concrete wall in Patna, India. Two smiling teenage girls, deeply engaged in their own conversation, walk by the boys, who immediately start whistling, cat calling, and ogling, demanding the girls’ attention. The girls ignore them, but the boys follow them down the street with cries of “Oh, sexy!” and “What’s your name, baby?” When the girls turn around, the boys corner them. One of the girls, a Very Brave Girl, abruptly twists the boy’s arm and chastises him for grabbing her: “Stop it! What do you think this is? Do you think girls are a source of entertainment? Girls are weak? If you think so, you’re wrong! You protect your Mother and sister from this outer world. I am also someone’s daughter. I am also someone’s sister. I am also a woman, like the Goddess whom you worship. Now change your mentality, and move on.” The boys appear thoroughly abashed. One of them repeats what he has just learned to the other. They return to school. Later, the Very Brave Girl discusses the incident with her parents, who express deep concern for her well being and praise her bravery. The video ends with young voices rapping encouragingly: “Be cool, calm, and bold; Behave, be brave; to be better, be the best; break up bitterness; be strong and face the stress.” Against this rap, text fills the screen, one phrase at a time: “Listen to our girls. Support our girls. Be brave.”