Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a special presentation of Independent Lens that originally broadcast on PBS October 1st and 2nd, 2012. The series will rebroadcast in select cities February 11th and March 4th, 2013. Check local listings.
A salon screening is an action-oriented event designed for small groups to watch and discuss Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The salon toolkit includes a 40-minute overview reel excerpted from the 4-hour series plus everything you need to host your own salon event and become an agent of change.
Salon DVDs are available for a limited time, and in limited quantities. Request a copy of the Salon Tookit by completing the online order form.
Commitment Card Campaign
Inspired by the agents of change in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide? You can be one too. Fans of the book, the film, and the movement are making commitments to take action and sharing them with the world. Host an event, write an op-ed, teach kids...what will your commitment be? Write it on a commitment card, you can make your own or download the one provided, take your picture with it, and post it to the Women and Girls Lead Facebook page.
- Commitment Card (PDF, 98K)
In-depth discussion guides are available for the Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide film series. Guides include context on each of the countries profiled, facts about the issues, discussion questions, and resources to get involved in the movement.
- Maternal Mortality (PDF, 6.7M)
- Education (PDF, 6.8M)
- Economic Empowerment (PDF, 8.6M)
- Gender-based Violence (PDF, 6M)
- Sex Trafficking and Intergenerational Prostitution (PDF, 7M)
Community Classroom Curriculum
High school and college curriculum for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is now available. The curriculum includes six short format film modules from the series plus five lesson plans that align to key national education standards. Students will learn deeper context related to issues affecting women and girls worldwide and make connections to what’s happening in their own communities. Activities help students gain skills to make a difference in the lives of women and girls everywhere. Learn more about the Community Classroom curriculum.
Community Cinema Preview Screenings
Community Cinema offered free, sneak preview screenings of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide throughout the month of September 2012. Community Cinema is a ground-breaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring free monthly screenings of Independent Lens and Women and Girls Lead films.
Social Media Posts
The movement inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide uses the power of media to a shine a light on women and girls. Organizations and individuals can help by creating a social media buzz about the film and the resources available. Here are some sample tweets, posts, texts, and other social media resources to help you get started.