Ambassadors Host Screening at Women as Agents of Change Program in Panama City

Posted on April 02, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Ana Lilia Aparicio and Ashante Taylor, two Half the Sky Movement campus ambassadors, hosted a screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide in Panama City as part of the Leadership exChange Program 'Women as Agents of Change' from March 7 to 17. The program was sponsored by the University of Monterrey Mexico and the United Nations Information Centre Panama, bringing together fourteen women from Mexico, Peru, Ireland, and America for the intensive four week academic program centered on women as agents of change in promoting gender equality, as outlined in the 3rd Millennium Development Goal.


Ambassadors Host Screening at Women as Agents of Change Program in Panama City


Ana and Ashante met on the Half the Sky Movement’s Facebook ambassador page. Lilia, a student at Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico, was a student coordinator for the leadership program and wanted to include other ambassadors. “She posted about a program called: 'Women As Change Agents: Global Leadership Exchange' and I immediately knew I had to sign up,” said Ashante, of Westminster Choir College of Rider University in New Jersey.

The program included academic courses, cultural activities and community service, and one of the activities was a screening of the 40-minute version of the film and a discussion facilitated by the two ambassadors. Ana and Ashante share an interest in Half the Sky Movement issues, and it was a natural fit for them to host the screening and discussion, which included questions from the discussion guide available on Half the Sky Movement’s website. 

“The reaction of the audience was great…many of them were angry, confused and surprised about this reality,” said Ana.  “Some of them even asked how to became a Half the Sky Movement Ambassador on their campus.”

Each of the participants took a photograph making a commitment to act after watching the series on Half the Sky Movement.

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