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Marcia G. Yerman

Marcia G. Yerman

Posted: February 24, 2010 03:42 PM

Half the Sky Live Event Bringing Awareness to Women's Issues

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Last year I covered the story about CARE's efforts to rally attention to International Women's Day via their nationwide event. It premiered the documentary A Powerful Noise, which I reviewed.

This March 4th, CARE will be joining forces with the top-selling juggernaut book, Half the Sky. Written by the Pulitzer Prize-winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the authors have been vocal about the need to turn "oppression into opportunity for women worldwide."

Half the Sky LIVE captures an evening of discussion, musical performance, and the premier of Woinshet, a short film directed by Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone. The narrative documents the trials and tribulations of an Ethiopian woman who surmounts the dual challenges of discrimination and violence. Her story is referenced in Half the Sky.

CARE, which was founded in 1945, has been working on the ground in over seventy countries, where it has focused on the needs of women. Embracing the philosophy that women's welfare is integral to the interests of the community, the organization has been striving to elevate the status of women's health, education, and economic conditions.

Following last year's format, Half the Sky LIVE will be screened in scores of theaters across the country. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE, stated, "Half the Sky LIVE 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."

A limited number of free tickets in Ann Arbor, New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Miami, and Atlanta are available through cultureID (full disclosure: I am the co-founder).

Engaging in this group experience, audiences will become more informed about the issues facing half the world's population - and hopefully step forward to challenge and change the status quo.


 

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