Half The Sky: Making A Difference in the Lives of Women

According to Jada Pinkett Smith's Don't Sell Bodies campaign: Between 700,000 and 4 million women and children will be trafficked this year, with the majority being forced to work in the sex trade. In America, there are an estimated 40,000 men, women and children enslaved at this very moment. If everyone who cares takes action, we can end slavery once and for all.

Sisters, come on in and grab a cup of tea and lets talk about Making A Difference in the lives of Women and Girls.

Sometimes we don't realize how blessed we are. We often get so caught up in our own stress, struggles and drama that we don't realize that many women and girls have it worse than we do. Most of us do not have to deal with sex trafficking and forced prostitution, violence against women, and maternal mortality on a regular basis.

However, as a result of our countries economic situation we are seeing and hearing about more and more exploitation. Jada Pinkett Smith's campaign ( http://dontsellbodies.org ) deals more with the domestic issue of sex trafficking. Which I really notice visiting a major U.S. city this summer. The girls on the street I noticed look no more than 10 years old and I was wondering where is the police.

Well, PBS has a new series beginning October 1st on the International implication of violence against women and girls worldwide

The documentary series is based on a 2009 Pulitzer Prize winning journalists, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, launched their best-selling book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

The book asserts that the central moral challenge of the 21st century is the full emancipation of the world’s
women. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and ultimately hope, telling engaging stories of women triumphing over considerable obstacles (http://www.halftheskymovement.org )

The books central argument is that women hold the keys to eradicating global poverty. This masterful and deeply inspiring book has been turned into an equally moving four-hour television documentary series to air on PBS this fall, October 1 and 2, with an international broadcast to follow.

I want to encourage all readers to realize that they can make a difference in the lives of other women. If you are able to do one thing you just don't know how much you can change the life of a person.

Imagine, how women fought for and really invented the daycare/preschool industry in the U.S. Imagine how our voices can make a difference world wide. I hope you have an opportunity to check out the show and then share your feedback with us.