HP Inc. marked International Women's Day on Thursday with the release of a short film shot in India about a young girl pursuing her dream of becoming a writer.
"Paro," a six-minute film shot in Kolkata, India, and produced by HP Studios, is meant to "inspire schoolchildren to celebrate their differences and show how technology can reinvent and make life better," HP said in a news release.
The film is being released alongside new social impact partnerships meant to help deliver its message.
"At HP we are celebrating the women who drive us forward and empowering the next generation of female leaders," said HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler. "Together we must take action and propel the industry forward through diversity and inclusion. This is more than a week to celebrate women, it's an ongoing movement."
HP created "Paro" to "spark discussion about dreaming big and chasing your passions, no matter your background or where you are in the world," said HP CMO Antonio Lucio.
HP is launching a partnership with Girl Rising for a seven-month challenge meant to "elevate voices of people around the world advocating for equality," HP said.
The challenge asks participants to share a personal story using technology. It will be held from April through June, and winners will be announced on International Day of the Girl Child on Oct. 11. The winners will receive micro-grants, HP products and services and mentorship, HP said.
Additionally, HP is partnering with the Women Deliver Young Leaders program leading up to the 2019 Women Deliver conference, to "provide support and technology to drive the young leaders' advocacy platforms forward."