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30 Songs / 30 Days for Half the Sky

30 Songs / 30 Days for Half the Sky

Posted on August 30, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Legendary and emerging female musicians from around the world come together to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a multi-platform media project inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s best-selling book. Confirmed participating artists include: A Fine Frenzy, India Arie, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Kimya Dawson, Fatoumata Diawara, Karen Elson, Frally, Amy Grant, Patty Griffin, Gemma Hayes, Emmylou Harris, Katie Herzig, Norah Jones, Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Annie Lennox, Ingrid Michaelson, The McCrary Sisters, Mountain Man, Joan Osborne, Corinne Bailey Rae, Bonnie Raitt, Oumou Sangare, Ana Tijoux, Rokia Traore, St. Vincent, Julia Stone, Brooke Waggoner, Abigail Washburn, and Lucinda Williams. Read More »

Helping Girls Build a Financial Safety Net

Helping Girls Build a Financial Safety Net

Posted on August 30, 2012, by Karen Austrian, Associate in Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council

About eight years ago, a 16-year-old girl named Lily*, who lived in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, taught me why economic empowerment is essential for adolescent girls. Because of her, and girls like her, the Population Council is developing programs that are changing the way the world thinks about girls’ capacity to protect themselves and gain control of their lives. Read More »

Female Inmates in Connecticut Hold Prison-Wide Supply Drive for Children in Rwanda

Female Inmates in Connecticut Hold Prison-Wide Supply Drive for Children in Rwanda

Posted on August 29, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

International women’s issues can often seem far removed from the experiences of women in the U.S. But if you asked the female inmates at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut, they might say otherwise. After a group took a course on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, they felt connected to the stories of women from around the world and held the first international supply drive in the history of their prison, where inmates — who make an average of 75 cents each day — collected school supplies for children in Rwanda. Read More »

Why Opportunity International Offers an Education and a Brighter Future for Nicaraguan Girls

Why Opportunity International Offers an Education and a Brighter Future for Nicaraguan Girls

Posted on August 23, 2012, by Malin Akerman, Actress and Ambassador, Opportunity International

In late July, I took a whirlwind, one-day trip to Granada, Nicaragua. I arrived in this poverty-stricken country and we spent one full day visiting Opportunity International’s community development projects and meeting just a few of the clients and staff there. Opportunity is a nonprofit that offers financial tools — microloans, access to savings, microinsurance, training — to people in the developing world to help break the cycle of chronic poverty.  Read More »

Education: An Unstoppable Tide

Education: An Unstoppable Tide

Posted on August 20, 2012, by Ann Cotton, Founder and President, Camfed

Empowerment is a deceptive word. It is meant to capture a sense of an individual’s control over her own life, of her ability to make choices. But it also often contains a sense of passivity: a hint that power is being granted to individuals, handed over to them like a bag of grain. The word contains within it the tussle between the powerful and the powerless and the implicit sense that for the weak or poor to thrive, the transfer of ‘power’ –­­–– be it knowledge, ability or wealth –– must be all in one direction: downwards from the strong or rich. Read More »

Nazareth College Freshman Raises $60K for Women in Iraq and Kenya

Nazareth College Freshman Raises $60K for Women in Iraq and Kenya

Posted on August 17, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Cherise Madigan is not your ordinary college freshman. In the past year, she has founded an organization dedicated to women’s equality, established partnerships with international groups and activists working to empower women, and raised nearly $60,000 for women and girls in Iraq and Kenya –– all inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.  Read More »

Q & A with Frank Wcislo on Half the Sky at Vanderbilt University

Q & A with Frank Wcislo on Half the Sky at Vanderbilt University

Posted on August 15, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

This summer, Vanderbilt University assigned its 1,600 incoming freshman Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide as summer reading. Faculty members have been posting videos of their impressions of the book on their Commons Reading webpage to get the conversation rolling. And Nicholas and Sheryl are both scheduled to speak at Vanderbilt this coming school year. I chatted with Dean Frank Wcislo who helped choose Half the Sky and held a seminar on teaching the book last year. Read our Q & A below to learn more about the dean's vision for the book's impact on the student body. Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Launches Campus Ambassador Program

Half the Sky Movement Launches Campus Ambassador Program

Posted on August 14, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Today, Half the Sky Movement is launching a new initiative: a Campus Ambassador program for students worldwide. Undergraduate and graduate students can apply to represent the movement on their campuses, host screenings of the documentary in October, and take action to fight for gender equality around the world. Read More »

Whipped for Water

Whipped for Water

Posted on August 13, 2012, by Cynthia Breilh, Women of Vision

I sat in my seat, stunned. A group of us were in Zambia to celebrate the birth of a well, which had been donated by one of the couples traveling with us. The women of the village put on a colorful skit showing all of the reasons they were so happy to finally have clean water in their village. Although it was in a language we could not understand, the women were clear and expressive as they demonstrated how the well is saving time, decreasing illness, improving nutrition, providing garden irrigation and giving girls opportunity to learn. But at the point where one woman started whipping another woman with a stick I quickly asked one of the local World Vision staff what was happening. “She is showing you that because of the well she does not get as many beatings from her husband as she used to,” he whispered.  Read More »

Sisters for Peace: How to Change the World by Email

Sisters for Peace: How to Change the World by Email

Posted on August 10, 2012, by Allen Ross, Half the Sky Movement

As Caroline Wheeler can attest, it doesn't take an extensive network of partners and investors in order to start making a difference in the lives of women around the world. With the help of just a few personal friends, Caroline started Sisters for Peace, an organization that solicits donations from members each month to fund a new charitable project. Read More »

Bundled Together: Empowering Women in the Face of Violence

Bundled Together: Empowering Women in the Face of Violence

Posted on August 08, 2012, by Melissa Winkler, International Rescue Committee

In the parched and drought-ravaged Mudug region of central Somalia, Amina* had to trek increasingly long distances to find water and food for her family. Reluctantly, she says, she pulled her daughters out of school to help out – sending them to fetch water at the closest functioning borehole, six kilometers away. Walking long distances to fetch water, food or firewood in such volatile regions is a daily risk to thousands of girls and women. It was on one of these journeys to the water point that a stranger raped Amina’s 10-year-old daughter. Read More »

Half the Sky Inspires Anti-Trafficking Action in French Canada

Half the Sky Inspires Anti-Trafficking Action in French Canada

Posted on August 06, 2012, by Coleen MacKinnon, Half the Sky Quebec

While on vacation last summer in Stowe, Vermont, I happened upon a copy of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. I had just completed some research for an American anti-slavery group and was reflecting on what I might do back in Canada to accelerate anti-trafficking efforts. It was as though the book mystically presented itself. "Here" it said, "Buy me — the answer lies within." When I finished the last page I sat upright. There was no question; I was going to do something, but what? I ordered a dozen copies of the book and gave them to 12 friends and acquaintances. "Read this," I said, "then come to my house for a discussion. We're going to make something important happen." Read More »

Standing Together for the International Violence Against Women Act

Standing Together for the International Violence Against Women Act

Posted on August 03, 2012, by Futures Without Violence

Nagesh Thakur is a cricket coach in Mumbai who plays a pivotal role in Parivartan, a leadership program that operates in 46 schools and two slum communities. Parivartan (which means “change” in Hindi), is an adaptation of a Futures Without Violence initiative called Coaching Boys Into Men. Not only does it engage coaches as positive role models, but the program trains them to deliver messages to their male athletes about the importance of treating women and girls with respect. Read More »

Lending a Hand to Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Lending a Hand to Female Entrepreneurs Worldwide

Posted on August 01, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

After Valerie’s book group read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Valerie was drawn to micro-lending as a means to help women pull themselves out of poverty. She felt compelled to get involved in the movement and, with the help of her book group, founded Half The Sky: Empowering Women Team on the Kiva website where team members, their families, friends, acquaintances, and cyber buddies lend money to low-income women looking to start businesses. To date, their team has funded more than $45,000 in loans. Read More »

Honoring Maimouna Traoré: Brave Pioneer of Abandonment of FGC in Senegal

Honoring Maimouna Traoré: Brave Pioneer of Abandonment of FGC in Senegal

Posted on July 31, 2012, by Molly Melching, Tostan

We were very saddened on Thursday to learn of the death of Maimouna Traoré, Coordinator of the Community Management Committee (CMC) and Chair of the Advisory Committee of Women of Malicounda Bambara, a village in western Senegal. Maimouna was one of the first pioneers of the female genital cutting (FGC) abandonment movement that is sweeping through West Africa. She led the group of courageous women who on July 31, 1997 – exactly 15 years ago today – stood before 20 journalists, government and NGO officials and declared before the world their village’s decision to abandon FGC, a tradition that had been practiced locally for centuries. Read More »

Trading a Wall Street Life for Tanzania

Trading a Wall Street Life for Tanzania

Posted on July 26, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

When Dina Abu-jawdeh picked up Nicholas and Sheryl’s Half the Sky: Turning Oppression to Opportunity for Women Worldwide, she was working on Wall Street. But two days after she finished the book, she decided it was time for a change and quit her job. At 31 years old, she packed up her things and moved to a small village in Tanzania where she started working with a community of women affected by AIDS to help them build a chicken farm. Now, she has returned to New York where she works for the organization Self Help Africa. Read More »

Kristin Brings H.O.P.E. to Calgary and Beyond

Kristin Brings H.O.P.E. to Calgary and Beyond

Posted on July 20, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

After Kristin first read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, she assigned it to her closest friends as mandatory reading. A month later, she held a meeting at her home in Calgary, Alberta and the group Hope and Opportunity for People Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) was born. Now, Kristin and 13 of her friends hold a silent auction for a different issue from Half the Sky each year. They donate the funds raised to one organization doing good work on the given issue in a specific community. Read More »

World Vision: Combating Human Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

World Vision: Combating Human Trafficking in the Dominican Republic

Posted on July 19, 2012, by Jessica Bousquette, World Vision

Upon arriving at the courthouse in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, we walked up four flights of stairs and into a sparse, yet lively courtroom. We took our seats on the wooden benches and listened as a pastor from a local church translated the defense attorney’s remarks from Spanish into Creole for three young men. Before I had a chance to digest the scene I became cognizant that I was witnessing my first human trafficking trial, and the Dominican Republic’s first forced child begging case. Read More »

Kicking Off Karate Classes in India

Kicking Off Karate Classes in India

Posted on July 18, 2012, by Belle Staurowsky, Green Tara Project

I hatched GTP after reading an article by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in 2009 and subsequently his and Sheryl Wudunn’s book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Those stories of women making a difference to end their own oppression lit me up inside. At the same time, the stories of trafficking hit me hard. I had been teaching self-defense to women in the States, many of whom had been sexually assaulted through the same tactics predators the world over use to entrap and traffic girls: drugs, emotional coercion and physical abuse. “What separated us?” I wondered. “Nothing,” I answered. These are my global sisters, daughters and mothers. We, collectively, are under attack. I felt compelled to act. Read More »

Zynga to Lend Talent to “Half the Sky” Game Team

Zynga to Lend Talent to “Half the Sky” Game Team

Posted on July 15, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Production has begun on a Facebook social action game based on Half the Sky, the bestselling book by Pulitzer Prize-winner writers Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and is expected to debut November 13. Social games leader Zynga announced that it will contribute “significant staff time” to the production team working on the game, which is part of an ambitious transmedia project that includes a four-hour PBS miniseries.  Read More »

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