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Filmed in 10 countries, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide follows authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl 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 healthcare, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex-trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality present to us the vital opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity. Learn More

Half the Sky Movement: The Game

A new Facebook adventure that raises awareness & funds to empower women & girls across the world. Players will embark on a global journey which begins in India, and moves on to Kenya, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, ending in the U.S. Along the way, players will meet different characters and take action in a very simple way by unlocking funds from the game’s sponsors to make direct impact. Available in English and French for desktop/laptop computers only. Play the game

PBS Broadcast


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 rebroadcast in select cities February 11th and March 4th, 2013.

Salon Toolkit

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.

Discussion Guides

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.

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.