I recently watched Half the Sky (available on Netflix) which is a two part documentary based on the book published in 2009 about the oppression of women and young girls across the globe. If you have not read the book or watched the film, I encourage you to do so. Warning: If you are anything like me, it will leave you with a heavy sadness and pit in your stomach that is nearly impossible to shake. You will realize all of the stories told are of women who are someone’s mother, daughter, grandmother, sister and you will think of the women in your own life and want to hold all of them as tightly as you can and never let go.
This is not a documentary that will leave you soon after you have watched it. The stories of these women and children are stories of human beings suffering unimaginable violence and injustice simply because they are female, and there are tens of millions of them. The good news is it will make you want to do something. I watched it over the course of several days and found tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat that still hasn’t gone away. It also gave me a fire to act and I’m hoping that it has or will do the same for you. The most important thing to remember about any global issue that seems too astronomical to change, is that the “ocean is filled drop by drop”. If you have impacted one life, you have succeeded.
I would like to set up a screening of the film to collect donations to give to partnering organizations of the Half the Sky Movement, as well as spread awareness so that many may choose to volunteer their time or funds in other ways. If you are interested in creating a team with me to start the planning of the screening please reach out to me either via Facebook or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A quote that never loses it’s power…
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ~Gandhi