Half the Sky airs on PBS
World Vision has partnered with Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a movement inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same name. There will be a two-night PBS special television series airing on October 1st and 2nd at 9pm EST, which chronicles the stories of women and girls confronting extreme gender inequality around the world and celebrates the remarkable individuals fighting to bring about change.
Traveling with Nicholas Kristof and several A-list celebrity advocates, including America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes, Diane Lane and Somaly Mam, the television series tells the stories of women and girls around the world and offers possible solutions to some of their most pressing problems: maternal mortality, gender-based violence, sex trafficking and forced prostitution. World Vision United States president, Richard Stearns, was also interviewed for the documentary.
After the broadcast on October 1st and 2nd, viewers will be directed to the Half the Sky Movement CrowdRise campaign and asked to make a donation to one of the 32 partner organizations involved in the movement, including World Vision. The organization that raises the most donations will receive an additional $20,000 gift from Half the Sky Movement supporter Regina Kulik Scully.
Along with the television series, the Half the Sky Movement seeks to galvanize action using social media, mobile games, celebrity advocates and a Facebook game. It is a call to action driven by growing awareness that empowering women is the greatest opportunity to increase prosperity and stability around the globe.
“Addressing the vulnerability of women and young girls around the world is an integral part of World Vision’s work, ,” said Cynthia Breilh, National Director of World Vision’s volunteer network, Women of Vision. “I am proud that World Vision has joined the Half the Sky Movement in using our voices to empower women around the world.”
Women of Vision has heavily engaged in the Half the Sky Movement through sharing stories on their blog and other social media outlets, as well as encouraging Women of Vision chapters across the United States to participate in preview screening events held in their cities.
To learn more about the Half the Sky Movement, go to http://www.halftheskymovement.org/.