Futures Celebrates Half the Sky Movement
In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to write about what they call the central moral challenge of our time – the oppression of women and girls around the globe. The resulting best-selling book, Half the Sky, highlights efforts of activists and advocates around the world who are working to promote gender equality and justice. Now, a groundbreaking film and movement – inspired by Kristof and WuDunn’s work and also entitled Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – is working to amplify the book’s impact, with the help of leaders from across the country including Futures’ founder and President Esta Soler.
Last week, Soler joined Half the Sky author Sheryl WuDunn, global activists and public television leaders at a Capitol Hill briefing and preview of the film, set to launch on PBS stations October 1st and 2nd. Soler was there in recognition of the work Futures has done to combat violence against women and girls around the world, and as one of the honorees in the upcoming PBS documentary “Makers” about the trailblazing women whose contributions have shaped the world in which we live.
Senator Mary Landrieu and Rep. Jan Schakowsky joined the event and rallied attendees to take action on violence against women and women’s rights broadly, highlighting the International Violence Against Women Act (see our blog post for more information) and the need for U.S. activists to see their role in the broader global women’s movement.
Click here for more information on Half the Sky, and to find a screening of the film near you.