HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Coming as a special presentation of Independent Lens October 1 and 2, 2012
A landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two websites, educational video modules with companion text, a social media campaign supporting over 30 partner NGOs, and an impact assessment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
Half the Sky filmed in 10 countries, following Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.
The series will premiere in the United States Oct. 1 and 2, 2012, with international broadcast to follow.
Public Viewing Event - FREE
Seating is limited so get there early! Doors open at 7:30pm
Cannot make the event but still want to show your support?
Join the online campaign by downloading this sign (PDF file) or make one of your own that says "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" and take your picture, holding it. Then post your picture on our Facebook wall. Pictures of groups are also welcome. Print multiple copies so everyone has one. To view an example and see which Universities and Organizations have participated go to the "Half the Sky" Facebook page (click here).
Co-sponsored by the following TTU Student Organizations:
We would like to thank the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center for the use of their Lobby to host this event.
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Online Participation Opportunity
Join the online campaign by downloading this sign (PDF file) or make one of your own that says "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" and take your picture, holding it. Then post your picture on our Facebook wall. Pictures of groups are also welcome. Print multiple copies so everyone has one.