Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was inspired by the book written by NY Times reporters, Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky was filmed in 10 countries and follows Kristof, 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 health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change. All over the world women are seizing this opportunity.
Where does Anchal fit into this global movement? This evening’s screening is especially important to Anchal because our partner New Light and Director, Urmi Basu are highlighted in tonight’s film. America Ferrera met the New Light family and Anchal’s artisan during the filming last year.
It wasn’t long before Ferrera was sitting on the ground with Anchal’s artisans participating in our program and admiring their designs and their amazing strength to create change. She felt so inspired she offered to partner with us on the Didi Connection.
America said this about her experience:
“New Light and Anchal work hand-in hand: New Light saves the innocence of the children and Anchal restores the safety and dignity of their mothers. While working with New Light during the filming of Half the Sky, I was very inspired by Anchal’s program that provides creative jobs to support women out of the sex trade. I felt compelled to partner with them on the Didi Connection.”
Watch this clip from America’s time in India. This is the life of our artisans, where they live, and our amazing partner New Light. So do not miss seeing Half the Sky tonight at 9pm on PBS! And keep your eyes peeled for our friends Urmi Basu, America Ferrera, and Anchal’s artisans. We can not wait!