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Half the Sky is a book written by NY Times journalist Nicholas Kristof and his wife Sheryl WuDunn about the oppression of women around the world.  It shows us examples of the violence and oppression of women that is an accepted part of cultures everywhere, but it also shows us examples of how meaningful solutions are coming through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls.

Now comes the documentary, which was filmed in 10 countries and follows the authors and celebrity activists as they tell us stories of inspiring, courageous women who are part of the solutions.  It will be aired on PBS stations on Monday and Tuesday nights, October 1st and 2nd - Parts I and II.  The book was incredibly moving, disturbing and ultimately hopeful.  Some of the economic empowerment solutions come in the form of small businesses that women create to sell traditional crafts they have made.  They are able to send their children to school, buy food for the family, and their status in the community changes -- they become respected.

This ties in to Rain Lily's goal of providing sustainable income to impoverished women in traditional cultures -- we're so excited about the whole movement!  So try and take the time to watch this very important documentary.


 

Written by Katie Mahoney — September 28, 2012

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