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Nail Artist Creates Half the Sky Movement Inspired Designs for Pre-Oscar Benefit Party

Nail Artist Creates Half the Sky Movement Inspired Designs for Pre-Oscar Benefit Party

Posted on February 26, 2013, by Renée Muza, Half the Sky Movement Team

Jae’tte Burneo, owner of Cosi Fan Tutte Nail Lounge in Laguna Beach, California, and her staff donated their time and energy to create custom Half the Sky Movement inspired nail art for a pre-Oscar party Feb. 25. Read More »

#GIRLWITHABOOK: In Solidarity with Malala

#GIRLWITHABOOK: In Solidarity with Malala

Posted on February 19, 2013, by Olivia Curl and Lena Shareef

We were disgusted by the Taliban’s attack against Malala, but also inspired by her courage to stand up to these extremists. In response, we created a project called #GIRLWITHABOOK. This is where we invite people from all over the world to submit a picture of themselves reading a book. It's nothing genius, but we wanted to create a space where people could show their solidarity for Malala and their support for girls' education. Read More »

Kibera School for Girls Update

Kibera School for Girls Update

Posted on February 15, 2013, by Kennedy Odede, Kibera School for Girls

Things are going wonderfully in Kibera –– we just accepted 40 new students after months of rigorous academic assessments and in-depth analysis of their home situations and need. (The criteria for acceptance to The Kibera School for Girls is outstanding potential and also the highest need. We take the most vulnerable, who might also have the biggest impact.) Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Sparks New Schools in Ethiopia

Half the Sky Movement Sparks New Schools in Ethiopia

Posted on February 05, 2013, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

In early 2010, Georgina Fenton was working as a genetic counselor in Sydney, Australia, identifying patients with a high risk of developing cancer. After a trip to Ethiopia and an afternoon reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, she changed the course of her career. Now, Georgina is the proud founder of a secondary school in Ethiopia and she is working with locals to prepare for the upcoming school year. Read More »

Edna Adan Hospital Update

Edna Adan Hospital Update

Posted on February 01, 2013, by Eve Bruce, MD

Eve Bruce, MD is volunteering at Edna Adan Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. This is a teaching hospital. Classes are in session every day on the second floor, and there are nursing students and midwifery students taking on most of the work on the wards. Young men and women studying, working hard, and filled with hope. Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Hosts Google+ Hangout on Maternal Health

Half the Sky Movement Hosts Google+ Hangout on Maternal Health

Posted on January 25, 2013, by Ann Wright, Half the Sky Movement

Half the Sky Movement is delighted to host a Google+ Hangout this coming Monday, Jan. 28, at 1:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. PT with several leading advocates for maternal health: Edna Adan, founder of Edna Adan’s Maternity Hospital in Somaliland, Kate Grant, executive director of the Fistula Foundation, and Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts. Read More »

Educating Girls: The Promise of Malawi

Educating Girls: The Promise of Malawi

Posted on January 15, 2013, by Courtney E. Martin

Who do you imagine when you hear that women are dying in childbirth? Probably a woman of about 27 years old — the average age of new motherhood in the U.S. Read More »

WAM Theatre: Using Theater to Support Women

WAM Theatre: Using Theater to Support Women

Posted on January 10, 2013, by Ann Wright, Half the Sky Movement

Five years after reading the book and inspired by the featured women’s stories, Kristen and her close friend Leigh Strimbeck have co-founded WAM Theatre — a theater company that explores social issues related to women and girls and donates a portion of the proceeds to organizations supporting women. The plays are performed in theaters in the Berkshires of Massachusetts and around New York's Capital Region.  Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Teams Up with ReverbNation

Half the Sky Movement Teams Up with ReverbNation

Posted on December 21, 2012, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement

Artists donate song profits to Half the Sky Movement through ReverbNation. Read More »

Dine IN Vancouver

Dine IN Vancouver

Posted on December 17, 2012, by Ann Wright, Half the Sky Movement

Like many readers of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Meera Winsor was inspired by the stories of the women in the book and frustrated by the enormous challenges they face. With a three-year-old daughter of her own, she was particularly concerned about the overwhelming obstacles facing girls, including in Pakistan, where Meera was born.  Read More »

10-Year-Old Starts Girl Power Day in Ontario

10-Year-Old Starts Girl Power Day in Ontario

Posted on December 14, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

October was a big month for ten-year-old Olivia Christian. Stunned by scenes from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and outraged by the shooting of Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, Olivia’s wheels started turning. With a little help from her mother, this fifth grader launched Girl Power Day, a once-a-month fundraiser at lower schools in Ontario, Canada, for students to donate one dollar each to organizations promoting girls’ access to education. Read More »

Shutter to Think: Using Photography to Educate Girls Worldwide

Shutter to Think: Using Photography to Educate Girls Worldwide

Posted on December 05, 2012, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement Team

While waiting to pick up their children after school one day in Brooklyn, Boardwalk Empire actress Tracy Middendorf asked her friend, author Jhumpa Lahiri, for a donation — not of money, but of a picture. With its first donation in place, Shutter to Think — a recently formed organization dedicated to raising money for girls’ education across the globe by selling photographs taken by prominent individuals in the arts — was officially under way. Read More »

Participate in Our New Video Project

Participate in Our New Video Project

Posted on December 04, 2012, by Half the Sky Movement Team

As the year comes to a close, we want to highlight all that you’ve done for the Half the Sky Movement. We’ll be creating a short video montage of our supporters, and we'd love to feature you. If you’ve taken action because of the Half the Sky Movement, please take a minute and, in front of a camera, tell us what you’ve done this year. If you held an event and have video footage, we'd love to see that, too! Please submit your videos and photos by next Monday, December 10 to actions@halftheskymovement.org.  Read More »

Using Yoga Principles to Inspire Action Against Sex Trafficking

Using Yoga Principles to Inspire Action Against Sex Trafficking

Posted on November 28, 2012, by Louisa Mardirossian, Half the Sky Movement

In early October, 26-year-old California native Emilee Benner received a call from her sister in Colorado, urging her to watch a new documentary that had just premiered on PBS — Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Over the next two nights Emilee watched the film, and on the third night, she changed the course of her life. Read More »

AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education

AWARE: Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education

Posted on November 21, 2012, by Rachel Taylor, Half the Sky Movement

As a volunteer for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign, Rachel Justus gained experience as a community organizer and ignited her passion for helping others. However, after graduating from college, she found it difficult to find opportunities that fit around her day job at an entertainment public relations firm. Instead, she, along with a few friends, founded AWARE (Assisting Women Through Action, Resources and Education) to make a meaningful difference in the lives of women in the greater New York area. Read More »

How Kashf Helped My Family during Economic Crisis in Kamalia, Pakistan

How Kashf Helped My Family during Economic Crisis in Kamalia, Pakistan

Posted on November 16, 2012, by Muneera Bibi, Kashf Foundation

My husband had a small carpet business, and while his income was not high, it was consistent. As the economy started to go bad, the demand for carpets dropped. In addition, God continued to bless us with more children. With inflation and more mouths to feed, life became increasingly difficult. Eventually my husband’s carpet business collapsed, and we became virtually penniless. It was at this time that I approached Kashf Foundation for a loan. Read More »

Mobile Games: Public-Private Partnership with USAID

Mobile Games: Public-Private Partnership with USAID

Posted on November 15, 2012, by USAID

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as part of its continued support of women, girls, and families launched three mobile phone games aimed at increasing awareness and bringing about individual and social change for critical health and gender equality and empowerment topics. Read More »

Strength to Move On: Eradicating Gender Violence in Kibera

Strength to Move On: Eradicating Gender Violence in Kibera

Posted on November 14, 2012, by Shining Hope for Communities

As a Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) Gender Violence Community Health Worker, I help other women who are experiencing what I went through. I educate them about their rights and their freedom. I talk about how people living together should respect one another. The misery I experienced motivates me to share my strength with others, and by helping others I am able to move on with my life. Read More »

Half the Sky Movement Launches Community Ambassador Program

Half the Sky Movement Launches Community Ambassador Program

Posted on November 13, 2012, by Renée Muza, Half the Sky Movement

Since launching our campus ambassador program for university students, we’ve gotten feedback from many individuals who aren’t in college that they would like to be a Half the Sky Movement ambassador, too. Great news: We’re delighted to announce the launch of a new community ambassador program! It’s open to anyone who would like to participate. Read More »

High School Screening Hosts Olivia Wilde and Raises $2,400

High School Screening Hosts Olivia Wilde and Raises $2,400

Posted on November 13, 2012, by Lizzie Presser, Half the Sky Movement

Last Thursday, two eleventh grade girls from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in Manhattan held a screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Not only did they bring on Olivia Wilde to speak about how artists can channel their talent into activism, but they also raised $2,430 for a lower school in Uganda. Read More »

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