Half the Sky

“Up to 107 million women are missing from the globe today.”

“Every year, 2 million girls disappear because of gender discrimination.”

“More girls have been killed in the last fifty years, precisely because they were girls, than men were killed in all the wars of the twentieth century.”

“More girls are killed in…”gendercide” in any one decade than people were slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.”

These statistics are startling. And only the beginning of a global human rights issues that spans from the depths of India to small town Baton Rouge. Whether the topic be sex discrimination, human trafficking, gender-based violence or education, the idea that women are still being treated as property, objects, lesser-than or inferior is startling.

I recently watched a portion of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,” a multimedia documentary based on the book by the same name that emphasizes the global issues of women’s rights and, thankfully, what is being done to combat the issue.

My sister gave me this book a few months ago, and though I have yet to read it, the documentary was powerful enough to create a deep sense of sorrow and renewed passion for this topic for me.

I focus my research and writing about women in American media, or a young girl’s social development, but the larger women’s rights issues lay heavy on my heart. It doesn’t take a trip to Cambodian brothels for one to see discrimination or violence against women and girls. And one doesn’t have to travel to Vietnam to research education initiatives that encourage girls to stay in school, rather than dropping out at the average age of 14. You see it everyday, in more subtle forms, existing in even the most free and developed countries. But, the authors of this book did make those trips, and are sharing these stories to help raise awareness. I hope you’ll take a look at the trailer, understand the cause and maybe take part.

People may disagree about how or what a woman should be, but no one should disagree that a woman has a right to be.