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Action Kivu: From Film Industry to Philanthropy

Action Kivu: From Film Industry to Philanthropy

Posted on November 08, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Rebecca Snavely and Cate Haight were working in the film industry in Los Angeles when they both happened to pick up a copy of the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Sitting down to coffee, the long-time friends began chatting about the book and, before they knew it, the two had made a pact. They were going to figure out a way to take action, and they were going to focus their efforts on the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read More »

No More Tears: Saving Victims of Domestic Violence

No More Tears: Saving Victims of Domestic Violence

Posted on November 01, 2012, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement

Somy Ali founded the non-profit No More Tears in 2007 and it was up and running by 2008. The mission of the organization is to provide victims of domestic abuse with individualized assistance. Since its launch, the program has helped 231 women and 519 children nationwide. Read More »

All in One Place: Music from the 30 Songs / 30 Days Campaign

All in One Place: Music from the 30 Songs / 30 Days Campaign

Posted on October 23, 2012, by Renee Muza, Half the Sky Movement

Half the Sky Movement's 30 Songs / 30 Days campaign featured one free song by a female artist for each day leading up to the PBS broadcast. The campaign has since ended, but most songs are available for download on iTunes. Read More »

Runaway Bridesmaids Race to Fight Forced Prostitution

Runaway Bridesmaids Race to Fight Forced Prostitution

Posted on October 15, 2012, by Holly Corbett, Runaway Bridesmaids

More than five years ago I was working in magazines in New York City. I really loved my job, but also felt the itch that there was more to life than spending 60 hours a week inside a cubicle. So along with two friends, I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and explore the world beyond the office walls. Together the three of us dubbed ourselves The Lost Girls and embarked upon a yearlong, 60,000-mile journey across the globe. Read More »

Using Dance to Inspire Action for Victims of Human Trafficking

Using Dance to Inspire Action for Victims of Human Trafficking

Posted on October 05, 2012, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement

Two years ago, dancer Loralee Scott-Conforti was oblivious to the issue of human trafficking until she came across an article by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. She knew that she had to take action — in her case, that meant dance. Read More »

30 Songs / 30 Days and YouTube Covers for Half the Sky Movement

30 Songs / 30 Days and YouTube Covers for Half the Sky Movement

Posted on October 04, 2012, by Renee Muza, Half the Sky Movement

As Nicholas Kristof has noted, “It’s not about statistics, it’s about individual stories that create that connection, that empathy.” With our 30 Songs/30 Days campaign, we used the power of storytelling through music to engage people. Thirty female musicians — including Sheryl Crow, Kimya Dawson and Corinne Bailey Rae — donated songs for free download that expressed a range of stories that spoke to the movement.  Read More »

Update on the Girls from New Light

Update on the Girls from New Light

Posted on October 03, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

The Half the Sky Movement is very happy to share this update on the girls at New Light in India. Read More »

Jane Ngoiri Goes to Denver

Jane Ngoiri Goes to Denver

Posted on October 02, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

In May 2012, Jane Ngoiri traveled from Kaputiei village in Nairobi to Denver, Colorado to share her story at the PBS Annual Meeting. It was her first time traveling outside of Kenya. The meeting gave her new hope, not only for her personal business ventures but also for the women and children around the world who are need of economic support. Read More »

How you can establish a library through Room to Read for hundreds of girls… in 33 minutes

How you can establish a library through Room to Read for hundreds of girls… in 33 minutes

Posted on October 01, 2012, by Taylor Conroy, Room to Read

Change Heroes use a simple formula: one person (you) gets 33 friends to give $3.33 a day for 3 months (the price of a large coffee a day). You click to fundraise for a library through Room to Read, a featured NGO in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, and then record 33 personalized, 30-second videos through our easy-to-use platform. Our website stitches together your introduction to each of your friends with a three minute animation explaining the project. We send out the message and you raise $10,000. It's that simple.  Read More »

Economic Empowerment: A Long Term Solution for Women and Girls Worldwide

Economic Empowerment: A Long Term Solution for Women and Girls Worldwide

Posted on September 27, 2012, by Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking

Women living in poverty in the developing world face many challenges. The statistics are grim across many issues. Women face physical violence—women aged 15 through 45 are more likely to be maimed or die from violence inflicted by men than from cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined. There are serious gaps in health care—99 percent of maternal deaths occur in poor countries, particularly in Africa and Asia. And women are poorer than men—women account for 70 percent of people living below the poverty line. Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Launches Hashtagart Mosaic

Half the Sky Movement Launches Hashtagart Mosaic

Posted on September 26, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Today, the Half the Sky Movement launched a new initiative with Hashtagart Mosaics. When you share a message via our page (www.halftheskymovement.org/weholdupthesky) or just use the hashtag #HalftheSky on Twitter, your profile picture will be added to our growing mosaic. As more and more people show their support on social media platforms through Hashtagart’s patent-pending technology, their pictures will begin to fill in a larger image. (For more information about Hashtagart, visit http://www.hashtagart.com.) Show your support for women around the world and check back in regularly to see how the mosaic is evolving. Read More »

When Helping Women Just “Clicks”

When Helping Women Just “Clicks”

Posted on September 25, 2012, by Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation

New York this week will be a gridlock of diplomats and do-gooders, the well-heeled and the well-meaning as the United Nations General Assembly convenes to discuss, among other things, progress toward Millennium Development Goals. The crowd at the UN certainly won't be alone. Scores of other events have been packed into the week, from the Social Good Summit to the Clinton Global Initiative. Beyond the island of Manhattan, there are many who also want make the world a better place for the world's poor, and especially for the women who often suffer most. Many of us wonder: What can I do to help? Read More »

Educating Girls: We’re All in This Fight Together

Educating Girls: We’re All in This Fight Together

Posted on September 25, 2012, by Joyce Adolwa, Senior Technical Advisor, CARE

Living in suburban Atlanta, my daughter is starting her formal education with advantages most children don’t have and probably can’t even imagine. I think about those children every day. As head of girls’ empowerment and adolescent programming at CARE USA, my day-to-day work connects me with them: kids in some of the world’s poorest communities who know that a good education is the surest path they have out of poverty. Read More »

Pearson Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Announce $500,000 in Commitments to 2 NGOS In Half the Sky

Pearson Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Announce $500,000 in Commitments to 2 NGOS In Half the Sky

Posted on September 24, 2012, by Games for Change

With its launch this November, Half the Sky Movement: The Game is poised to make a substantial impact. Today at the Social Good Summit, Games for Change Co-President Asi Burak and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide co-author Nicholas Kristof announced that the Pearson Foundation and Johnson & Johnson are each providing $250,000 toward translating game play directly into real-world action respectively for Room to Read and The Fistula Foundation. Read More »

Dot-to-Dot: Connecting Female Empowerment with Children’s Books

Dot-to-Dot: Connecting Female Empowerment with Children’s Books

Posted on September 21, 2012, by Allen Ross, Half the Sky Movement

As a business consultant with an interest in nonprofits, Kevin McCaffrey was familiar with the tools that NGOs use to counteract the subjugation of women. But when he visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo to witness the charitable work there firsthand, he realized that something was missing from the dizzying array of microfinance, education, and entrepreneurship programs: women's creativity. To make sure this vast, untapped resource could be put to use affecting positive change, Kevin recruited some friends to found Dot-to-Dot, an organization that tackles female oppression through the medium of children's books. Read More »

GetGlue Competition: Win 2 VIP tickets to join us at Global Citizen Festival on September 29 in NYC!

GetGlue Competition: Win 2 VIP tickets to join us at Global Citizen Festival on September 29 in NYC!

Posted on September 19, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Today, the Half the Sky Movement is launching its first sweepstakes to get you to join us at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, on September 29. Check in to GetGlue –– a social network for entertainment –– to get your preview sticker for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, which will premiere on PBS October 1, 9 p.m./8 p.m. CT, and enter to win two VIP tickets to see performances by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’NAAN. Read More »

USAID Promotes Gender Equality and Empowerment Through Half The Sky Multimedia Initiative

USAID Promotes Gender Equality and Empowerment Through Half The Sky Multimedia Initiative

Posted on September 13, 2012, by USAID

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its continued support of women, girls, and families launched a series of 18 short educational and advocacy videos aimed at increasing global awareness and bringing about social change for critical health, and gender equality and empowerment as part of the Half the Sky Movement.  Read More »

My Job as a Financial Literacy Trainer in Pakistan

My Job as a Financial Literacy Trainer in Pakistan

Posted on September 07, 2012, by Rubbia Abbas, Financial Literacy Trainer, Kashf Foundation

I have been working as a trainer for the Systemized Financial Education Program at Kashf Foundation for the last 8 months. The journey has been good, the most satisfying aspect is to see the change in client’s confidence level. By equipping clients with tools and skills on savings, budgeting, debt management and financial transaction, I hope that I will be able to contribute to Kashf Foundation’s vision of holistic transformation in the lives of clients and their families. Read More »

Intel comes on board for Half the Sky Movement: The Game

Intel comes on board for Half the Sky Movement: The Game

Posted on September 06, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement Team

Today marks two exciting announcements for Games for Change and the Half the Sky Movement transmedia campaign. This morning we’re celebrating a brand new partnership with the Intel Corporation in conjunction with our launch of Half the Sky Movement: The Game. Read More »

30 Songs / 30 Days Campaign

30 Songs / 30 Days Campaign

Posted on September 03, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Today, the Half the Sky Movement is launching a 30 songs / 30 days campaign. Thirty female artists have each donated one song to the Half the Sky Movement and, for thirty consecutive days, our website will offer a different song for free download for twenty-four hours starting at midnight. Read More »

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