Support I-VAWA:Go to the Movies Tonight!

Support <i>I-VAWA:</i>Go to the Movies Tonight!
Get ready for International Women’s Day and support the International Violence Against Women Act by attending a special one-night-only event in movie theatres around the country today, Thursday, March 4. “Half the Sky Live” will be shown at 450 theaters in the United States and Canada this evening at 7:30 PM. It was inspired by stories from the critically-acclaimed book, Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The event will feature music, celebrity discussion and the world premiere of “Woineshet,” a powerful short film directed by Academy Award winner Marisa Tomeiand Lisa Leone that chronicles the struggles of an Ethiopian woman who triumphs over violence and discrimination. International Women’s Day is next Monday, March 8. 

Woineshet’s story (in chapter four of Half the Sky) makes a prominent mention of the International Violence Against Women Act (I-VAWA). Sponsored by CARE, “Half the Sky Live” will include a call to action to advance the legislation, as well as footage from the bill’s introduction and from a Houston, Texas event featuring one of its co-sponsors, Representative Ted Poe (R-TX). Viewers who attend “Half the Sky Live” will be able to text during or following the movie, get linked to their Members of Congress, and sign up to receive I-VAWA advocacy alerts.
 
“Woineshet is an inspiration to the millions of women across the globe who face violence and oppression,” said Marisa Tomei. “My hope is that people will leave theaters not only cheering her on, but demanding that we end discrimination and horrible cruelty towards women.”
 
“Half the Sky is more than just a night at the movies – it’s a rallying cry to stand up and join a growing worldwide movement to empower women and girls to fight global poverty,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE.
 
The Family Violence Prevention Fund, Women Thrive Worldwide and Amnesty International USA are leading the fight to pass I-VAWA. Advocates are encouraged to promote the film and coordinate viewing parties. Visit www.care.org/toolkit for details on how to spread the word about “Half the Sky Live.” To get more information, email Kate Phillips-Barrasso with CARE at kphillips@dc.care.org. 
 
Ticket prices to “Half the Sky Live” range from $10.00 to $12.50. A percentage of ticket sales will support CARE’s work in more than 70 countries.  “Half the Sky Live” is supported by Delta Air Lines, Meredith Corporation and Walmart. Visit www.halftheskylive.com for details, theatre listings, and to purchase tickets.

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