Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Title Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity   for Women Worldwide
Director(s) A team of veteran filmmakers   collaborated to create to bring the stories and ideas of Nicholas Kristof and   Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book to public television audiences nationwide.
Date   released (year) 2012
Length 4 hours
Production   company Show of Force, LLC and Fugitive   Films, LLC in association with PBS and ITVS
Location International (10 countries),   including Somaliland, Kenya and Sierra Lione
Keywords/tags Gender, feminism, prostitution, sex   trafficking, women, domestic violence, education, health, economic   empowerment, livelihoods
Link   to film


Synopsis Half the Sky: Turning Oppression   into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries and   follows Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane,   Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell   the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression   is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned   through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.   The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based   violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90   seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the   opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this   opportunity.
Reviews/discussion Women   and girls across the globe face threats — trafficking, prostitution,   violence, discrimination — every day of their lives. But hope endures. Brave   men and women have developed innovative ways of helping those living in some   of the most challenging conditions.

A   girl in India is on the brink of being sold into the commercial sex trade. A   young mother in Somaliland may die giving birth. In Sierra Leone, a girl has   been raped and must confront the norms of her community. A women whose   husband abused her now helps those suffering at the hands of their spouses.

These   are the stories of individuals who represent hundreds of millions of women   and girls around the world who are victimized and abused, denied access to   education, medicine or property, prevented from reaching their full potential   and contributing in more meaningful ways to their communities. These are   stories of dehumanizing violence and discrimination. But these are also   stories of struggle and victories, large and small, in the face of the   longest odds.

A   women whose husband abused her now helps those suffering at the hands of   their spouses. With a book, a teenage girl in Vietnam takes the first steps   towards breaking the cycle of grinding poverty that plagues her family.   Dozens of former impoverished individuals, seeking economic independence,   band together to establish what will become Kenya’s fastest-growing   microfinance organization.

Each   of these stories puts a human face to an otherwise abstract idea or string of   statistics that could never convey the true human cost of the discrimination   and abuse suffered by hundreds of millions. These stories also illuminate the   spirit of perseverance that is embodied by the women and girls who face these   violations each day, and those who have made it their life’s mission to help   them

Source: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/half-the-sky/stories/

Links   to other resources The Half the   Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put   an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of   our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book   of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women   Worldwide brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational   tools to not only raise awareness of women’s issues, but to also provide   concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women. Change is possible,   and you can   be part of the solution. See http://www.halftheskymovement.org/pages/movement