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Students Rebuild Winner Nimco Cabdillahi

Students Rebuild Winner Nimco Cabdillahi

Posted on August 23, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Nimco Cabdillah is a 26-year-old nurse and midwife from Hargeisa, Somaliland. She is one of five young women who recently won the Students Rebuild Award. Nimco and the four other women from Cambodia, India, Kenya and Sierra Leone received $10,000 to continue helping women and girls in their communities. Read More »

Finding a Calling in the Heights of the Himalayas

Finding a Calling in the Heights of the Himalayas

Posted on August 16, 2013, by Marissa Kokkoros, Aura Freedom

When Marissa Kokkoros began reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide she had no idea of the journey she was embarking on – a journey that would send her from Italy to India and Nepal, through the Himalayas, and finally back to her home in Canada to start her own nonprofit aimed at fighting slavery and oppression worldwide.  Read More »

Linda Kamau Plugs in Her Community with Students Rebuild Award

Linda Kamau Plugs in Her Community with Students Rebuild Award

Posted on August 09, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Linda Kamau is a software developer for Ushahidi in Kenya and one of five Students Rebuild Award winners. In addition to Linda, four other young women in Cambodia, India, Sierra Leone and Somaliland, each received $10,000 awards to continue their work helping women and girls in their communities.  Read More »

By Helping Their Sisters, These Colorado Women Set Example for Their Daughters

By Helping Their Sisters, These Colorado Women Set Example for Their Daughters

Posted on August 05, 2013, by Marina Kaneko, Half the Sky Movement

7Sisters Global sparks civic engagement and opportunity for women and girls in the U.S. and Mexico. Read More »

Tostan Update

Tostan Update

Posted on August 01, 2013, by Courtney Petersen, Tostan

Since November 2012, we have received over $33,000 in donations from our affiliation with Half the Sky Movement. Through these funds, African women, men, and adolescents are able to participate in our Community Empowerment Program (CEP) - a holistic, non-formal education program designed to put communities in charge of their own futures.  Read More »

Mothers On a Mission To Promote Awareness at Home, Maternal Health and Clean Water Overseas

Mothers On a Mission To Promote Awareness at Home, Maternal Health and Clean Water Overseas

Posted on July 30, 2013, by Marina Kaneko, Half the Sky Movement

Nonprofit Mothers On a Mission (MOM) has helped sponsor students affected by Hurricane Sandy as well as orphans and mothers in Uganda, through everything from vitamin drives to a black-tie fundraiser. Read More »

Let’s Make Malala’s 16th Birthday Extra Sweet

Let’s Make Malala’s 16th Birthday Extra Sweet

Posted on July 12, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

A 16th birthday is an important milestone. But Malala Yousafzai's birthday today is especially sweet. Just nine months ago, terrorists shot her for speaking out about the right of girls to get an education. Read More »

Update on the Umoja Women

Update on the Umoja Women

Posted on June 20, 2013, by Jane Wilner, Umoja Women's Foundation

Since the initial broadcast of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, in which Umoja was featured, their online sales of beaded items have totaled over $15,000. Many viewers chose this method to support the women, who depend on the income from their bead production to provide for their families. With the help of a new web site designed with funds from Half the Sky Movement, online sales poured in with an easy click of the mouse. Read More »

Inspired to Make a Difference in Maternal Health

Inspired to Make a Difference in Maternal Health

Posted on May 31, 2013, by Sarah David, Nurses for Edna

As a registered nurse, I love to connect with my patients on a human level, positively impact their health, and empower them through education. It is rewarding to interact with patients and see their physical and mental health improve. But I've always wondered if there was more I could do beyond the walls of a hospital. Read More »

Jackie and Mike Bezos Donate $25,000 to the RaiseforWomen Fundraising Challenge

Jackie and Mike Bezos Donate $25,000 to the RaiseforWomen Fundraising Challenge

Posted on May 07, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Jackie and Mike Bezos have donated a personal gift of $25,000 to the RaiseForWomen challenge, a fundraising initiative supporting organizations doing work to empower women and girls around the world. The donation, combined with $75,000 from The Skoll Foundation, brings to $100,000 the total in prizes going to the causes that raise the most funds. Read More »

Week One RaiseForWomen Update: $126,000 Raised!

Week One RaiseForWomen Update: $126,000 Raised!

Posted on May 01, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement Team

We are thrilled to announce a very successful first week in the RaiseforWomen Challenge, with over $126,000 raised! We would like to thank everyone who has participated in the challenge so far. We have under five weeks left –– until June 6 –– to raise as much as possible! Read More »

Half the Sky: Building a Movement Through Media & Technology

Half the Sky: Building a Movement Through Media & Technology

Posted on April 29, 2013, by Maura O’Neill, USAID

I remember reading Betty Harragan’s Games Mother Never Taught You when it first came out over thirty years ago. As a woman entrepreneur, that book had a huge impact on me—both in how to navigate at work, a new universe that felt like I had been dropped onto Mars, and how I saw myself as an agent of change Read More »

Ready, Set, Raise!

Ready, Set, Raise!

Posted on April 25, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

We’re delighted to announce the launch of RaiseForWomen, our new initiative with Huffington Post, CrowdRise and the Skoll Foundation that will raise money and bring attention to amazing organizations that are helping women and girls around the world. Read More »

50 Days of Action for Women and Girls

50 Days of Action for Women and Girls

Posted on April 16, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Starting today and for the next 50 business days, until June 21, the Half the Sky Movement will be joining forces with over 20 organizations led by the International Women’s Health Coalition for an online advocacy campaign called 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls. The goal of the campaign is to build on Hillary Clinton’s legacy of advocating for women and girls worldwide as the former Secretary of State. We believe that now is the time to rise together and speak out about the oppression of women. As Hillary Clinton so eloquently stated, “The 21st century is about ending the pervasive discrimination and degradation of women and fulfilling their full rights.” Therefore, we will be calling on Secretary of State John Kerry, the State Department, the White House and the relevant government agencies to make the rights of women and girls a continued priority in U.S. foreign policy. Read More »

Flawed Perfection Jewelry Follows the 10% Rule

Flawed Perfection Jewelry Follows the 10% Rule

Posted on April 03, 2013, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement

As of March 13th — Megan’s 22nd birthday — ten percent of Flawed Perfection Jewelry sales each month are donated to Half the Sky Movement partner organizations through CrowdRise. “My mom raised me to always give 10% back. Over time if you are giving back it does come back to you,” she reasons. Read More »

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

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. Read More »

A Ray of Hope

A Ray of Hope

Posted on March 13, 2013, by Shomira Sanyal, Campus Ambassador, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, India

The brutal and horrific gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedic student in a bus in Delhi in mid-December grabbed headlines in the national and international media. It served as a catalyst to generate public debate and political action on an issue that rarely finds its place on the public stage. That a tardy government awoke to take concrete steps and succumbed to the pressures of those who elected them is but a tiny ray of hope. Read More »

Taking the Leap

Taking the Leap

Posted on March 12, 2013, by Holly D. Wesselhöft

I’m not the first person to leave a comfortable life to move to a developing country in an effort to make a difference — though I may be one of the very few people who made this decision based entirely on a line of text in a book. In 2011, I read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. There was one sentence that stuck with me in particular; I would hear it repeated in my mind constantly. Read More »

Half the Sky Movement: The Game Launches

Half the Sky Movement: The Game Launches

Posted on March 05, 2013, by Half the Sky Movement

Half the Sky Movement: The Game launched yesterday, bringing the message of the Half the Sky Movement to a new audience that is heavily engaged in social media gaming. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the Facebook game raises awareness and funds to empower women and girls around the world. Read More »

Butter Tea & Banana Soup, A Collection of Recipes and Stories

Butter Tea & Banana Soup, A Collection of Recipes and Stories

Posted on February 27, 2013, by Ann Wright, Half the Sky Movement

The cookbook, Butter Tea & Banana Soup: Food as Identity, is more than just a book of recipes. The participating women at Asian University of Women (AUW) have also shared a description of the personal significance of the recipe to their identity, family and culture. Jamie Mittleman was inspired to create the cookbook after teaching and mentoring at AUW. Read More »

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