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Circle of Sisterhood: Paying Education Forward

Circle of Sisterhood: Paying Education Forward

Posted on July 13, 2012, by Allen Ross, Half the Sky Movement

After reading in Half the Sky about the transformative effects that women's education can have within a community, Ginny Carroll decided to take action. Since her educational history and professional background provided a lasting affinity for the sorority system, it seemed like a natural next step to leverage the collective giving power of sorority women on behalf of girls without access to schooling. In 2010, she established the Circle of Sisterhood Foundation, an organization of more than fifty volunteers that collects donations from sorority chapters and gives small grants to education programs around the world. Read More »

Dhanwati’s Struggle to Provide for her Family

Dhanwati’s Struggle to Provide for her Family

Posted on July 11, 2012, by by Dhanwati for Apne Aap

My name is Dhanwati and I am 40 years old. I was born in Rewadi, Haryana, and I belong to the agricultural labour family of the Perna community. I was married when I was only 16 years old. My husband used to abuse alcohol and show cruelty towards me and beat me every day so I divorced him through our Panchayat (local self-government). I was pressured by my parents to once again marry someone. By this time I had six children and my new husband was unemployed so I struggled trying to provide for my family. I turned to prostitution to earn a living for my entire family. Read More »

Girl Up: Fourteen-Year-Old Avery McCall Raises $36,000 for Girls Worldwide

Girl Up: Fourteen-Year-Old Avery McCall Raises $36,000 for Girls Worldwide

Posted on July 09, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Avery McCall had just turned 12 years old when she first read Half the Sky. Her mother encouraged her to put the book down if the issues proved too disturbing. But instead, Half the Sky has moved Avery to take up arms in ways she had never imagined – she joined the UN Foundation's Girl Up campaign and, in the last year alone, raised $36,000 dollars for girls in need of education and healthcare around the world. Read More »

Half the Sky After-School Group Sends Three Girls to School in Nepal

Half the Sky After-School Group Sends Three Girls to School in Nepal

Posted on July 05, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

When Joanna Hayes organized a Half the Sky after-school group at Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, New Jersey, she didn’t quite know what to expect. But in just a few months time, her group of sixth grade girls has inspired the local community, raising awareness about global education as well as $900 to pay for three girls in Nepal to go to school. Read More »

New Light: Changing Futures and Providing Opportunity

New Light: Changing Futures and Providing Opportunity

Posted on July 03, 2012, by Holly Godwin, New Light

Reshmi, a natural beauty at age 12, sits down next to me and begins to tell me her story. Her mom left her at an early age with her grandmother. Reshmi believed she would begin attending school when she moved in with her grandmother. Instead, she cooked, cleaned, went to the market, and cared for her three younger brothers — more responsibility than any child under the age of 8 should have to do. Her grandmother tried to teach her how to read but only very little. Reshmi breezes through this narrative as if her story is a normal one, but I know it is easier to tell the story quickly and with little detail than it is to dwell on the trauma of her past.  Read More »

A New Recipe for Helping Women

A New Recipe for Helping Women

Posted on July 02, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

"When Madhu Krishnan read Half the Sky, she posted about atrocities against women she was learning about on her blog. Reading her first post in the car, her friend, Priya Nagarajan, immediately pulled over and dialed Madhu. "We have to DO something!" she said. "Knowing is not enough."  Read More »

From Alabama to Ethiopia: Supplying Safety from the Sex Trade

From Alabama to Ethiopia: Supplying Safety from the Sex Trade

Posted on June 28, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

For 11th graders Anna Cate and Caroline, it all began to click in September 2011. A few weeks after they had started a book club on Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the two friends received an upsetting phone call. The Alabama girls had been sponsoring the education of Eyerus and Selamawet in Adama, Ethiopia, for five years through the organization Hope Ranch in Montana. Just as they were reading about gender-based violence and sex trafficking in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, they learned that their girls in Ethiopia had narrowly escaped the grip of a scheming trafficker. It began to dawn on them that the orphaned girls they had exchanged letters and photos with over the years were far more vulnerable than they had once thought. Read More »

If My Mother Were Educated…

If My Mother Were Educated…

Posted on June 27, 2012, by Karishma Khatoon for Apne Aap Women Worldwide

Forbesganj, Bihar -- My name is Karishma Khatoon and I am 13 years old. I am in 7th standard and I stay in the residential school, KGBV, managed by Apne Aap Women Worldwide. We celebrated International Literacy Day this year at our school and I participated in activities like elocution and drawing competitions. When I was taking part I realised that if my mother was also educated and had received these opportunities then she would not have been forced to live in a red light area. She would not have become addicted to drugs and alcohol. Read More »

Exploitation and Perception

Exploitation and Perception

Posted on June 25, 2012, by Rachel Lloyd, GEMS

I meet Krystal in the hallway of the Brooklyn Supreme Court. She’s late. Two police officers have driven her from a chain hotel upstate that the district attorney’s office has paid for. She looks like she’s barely slept, which I soon discover is an accurate assessment. Her hair is askew and despite my lectures on what to wear to court, she obviously just grabbed the nearest thing to her. Unfortunately, the outfit that she’s picked is a denim mini-miniskirt, construction Timberlands with no socks, and a tight-fitting, wrinkled T-shirt. It’s not exactly court attire and definitely not the outfit that we’d agreed on. Read More »

Thank You, Bonnie Doyle!

Thank You, Bonnie Doyle!

Posted on June 19, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Bonnie Doyle arrived at Show of Force recently with more than 150 gowns layered in her trunk, including her very own wedding dress from decades ago. After reading Nicholas Kristof’s column in September about a Kenyan dressmaker named Jane Ngoiri, Ms. Doyle decided to put out a memo in her church’s bulletin calling for old gowns. The response was tremendous. Read More »

Edna Adan: My Personal Hero

Edna Adan: My Personal Hero

Posted on June 13, 2012, by Diane Lane for Half the Sky Movement

When I first arrived in Somaliland in April 2011, I was immediately made aware of the societal norms and cultural value system distinctly based on gender. I saw that the male perspective is the only one acknowledged regarding sexuality; women’s reproductive rights are nonexistent. Women have no voice in their experience of their bodies: it is culturally-dictated and male-dictated. Maternal health is a matter of chance and luck yet a maximum abundance of children is inherently expected and valued above the women’s health and survival. Read More »

Tale of Two Mothers

Tale of Two Mothers

Posted on May 22, 2012, by Kate Grant, Fistula Foundation

In spring of 1999 a young woman named Cipriana got married in Huambo Province in central Angola, and became pregnant with her first child. That same spring, after a wedding I think my own mother thought would never happen, I too became pregnant with my first child in New York. Like most first time mothers, as my due date approached I was simultaneously anxious and thrilled, waiting for my big day. Cipriana too was excited about soon becoming a mother -- a role that would give her status and a place in her community. Her labor and mine began with the same universal pain, growing gradually excruciating as the day progressed. After nearly 24 hours we both remained in labor, and here our stories diverge. Read More »

Half the Sky at Cybher UK Blogger Event

Half the Sky at Cybher UK Blogger Event

Posted on May 18, 2012, by Sian To, Cybher

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, central London was alive as 300 of the most influential bloggers and speakers from all corners of the blogosphere attended Cybher, the first all-inclusive female blogger event of its kind in the UK. Speakers included some of the biggest names in UK blogging but the session that everyone was talking about was Half the Sky.  Read More »

Mothers Saving Mothers

Mothers Saving Mothers

Posted on May 13, 2012, by Michelle Chaplin, BRAC

Mother’s Day is about being thankful for one of the most important women in your life: your mother. She gave birth to you (one of the most dangerous things a woman can do), fed you, clothed you, and made sure you went to school (and did your homework), among many other things.  Read More »

Half the Sky Movement

Half the Sky Movement

Posted on May 08, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement

Welcome to the Half the Sky website! Explore this site to learn more about the best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the 4-hour PBS series Half the Sky, and the Facebook and mobile games. You can also connect with us on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Google+.  Read More »

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