Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Paperback – June 1, From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing. Oct 2, a screening of the PBS documentary Half the Sky: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the documentary. It means a great deal to us, and to women, girls, and communities everywhere, that you care and are willing to engage in this effort to create a fairer, freer, safer.
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Half the Sky: Turning oppression into opportunity for women worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. So Jin Park. Sookmyung Women's University. I read Half the Sky when one of its sponsorship partners invited Whole Planet Foundation to consider joining the book's promotional efforts and partners such as. 1 National Bestseller From two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation.
As Half the Sky makes clear, the indignities inflicted on women around the globe, intentionally or otherwise, is a moral burden we all must bear. Indeed, the authors compare the global struggle for women's rights in the twenty-first century to the movement to end slavery in the nineteenth century and the struggle against totalitarianism in the twentieth.
According to Kristof and WuDunn, "people get away with enslaving village girls for the same reason that people got away with enslaving blacks two hundred years ago: victims are perceived as discounted humans. After all, "sex trafficking and mass rape should no more be seen as women's issues than slavery was a black issue or the Holocaust was a Jewish issue.
Instead, they base their call for reforms on the simple, pragmatic fact that gender-based oppression invariably strangles a country's economic development. They cite the case of China, which saw its economy begin to take off in the s after the Communist Party took steps to emancipate women and girls, and point to other countries, including Rwanda, Botswana, Tunisia, Morocco, and Sri Lanka, that are making progress economically and on the gender-equality front.
They even commend sweatshops, which, despite the negative stereotype the word suggests, have generated "economic growth rates almost unprecedented in the history of the world — and creat[ed] the most effective antipoverty program ever recorded.
Their preferred solution, in such cases, is to refer readers to microlending sites such as Kiva. Eventually, the steady income and respect from community members she earned led her husband to stop beating her.
Microlending and -finance are only part of the solution, however. Social entrepreneurs, homegrown or otherwise, also have a role to play — indeed, they are the real heroes of Half the Sky, and Kristoff and WuDunn spend much of the book telling their stories.
There is, for example, the inspiring story of tiny Sunitha Krishnan, an Ashoka Fellow from India who started a school for the children of prostitutes in the former brothel where their mothers had worked and today continues her work with support from Catholic Relief Services and other American donors. Or Mukhtar Mai Mukhtaran Bibi , an illiterate peasant girl from a rural village in the southern Punjab who was gang-raped by members of a higher-status clan for speaking out at a tribal assembly and then did something unheard of in that part of the world: rather than kill herself, as was she was supposed to, she reported the rape to the police and demanded that her attackers be prosecuted.
Sometimes, the heroes in Half the Sky are men, like Zebene, an Ethiopian peddler, who hid and protected his teenage daughter Woineshet after a local village boy who fancied her as a bride kidnapped, raped her, and then threatened to kill her after she refused to comply.
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A special presentation of Independent Lens A landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event check local listings , 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 all inspired by Half the Sky: Gender-Based Violence Gender makes women vulnerable to violence The victimization of women and girls is one of the most common, yet least visible forms of oppression.
The Authors Nicholas D. The Filmmakers Read the bios of the team behind the program 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. Share this: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide A special presentation of Independent Lens A landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event check local listings , 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 all inspired by Half the Sky: The Academy Award nominated star of Unfaithful and supporter of Edna Adan: Edna Adan was raised in Somaliland in an educated and Olivia Wilde: The star of House and veteran activist traveled to Kenya Eva Mendes: The star of Hitch and We Own the Night traveled Forced Prostitution:With absolutely the right Molotov cocktail of on-the-ground reporting and hard social science, Kristof and WuDunn blow up this taboo.
This is a book that will pierce your heart and arouse your conscience. Half the Sky by Nicholas D.
A thrilling manifesto for advancing freedom for hundreds of millions of human beings. Our world needs appropriate countervailing forces to those of misogyny and patriarchy.
But hope endures This is an important book! She has been a foreign correspondent in Asia, a business editor and a television anchor.