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Solutionaries Confront Worldwide Oppression of Women & Girls: Watch “Half the Sky” on PBS

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 28, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection
The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Humane Education website at http://humaneeducation.org/blog/2012/09/28/solutionaries-confront-worldwide-oppression-of-women-girls-watch-half-the-sky-on-pbs/
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If you have access to a television, be sure to tune in October 1 and 2 to the two-part presentation on PBS’s Independent Lens of “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity Worldwide.”

Based on the book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky tells the stories of (extra)ordinary heroes and solutionaries who are working to change the systems and situations that oppress and exploit women and girls worldwide. Here’s the description from the show’s website:

“Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof 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.”

The presentation is part of a “landmark transmedia project, which also includes “a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two websites, educational video modules with companion text, a social media campaign supporting over 30 partner NGOs, and an impact assessment plan.”

Find out more.

~ Marsha

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