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Half the Sky + Anchal


If you happened to miss last night’s premiere of Half the Sky, you have a second chance to catch part 2 tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS.

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.

Anchal artisans stitching with America Ferrera & New Light’s Urmi Basu during the filming of Half the Sky

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!


2 Weeks Till the Big Day!


There’s an air of excitement, here at the Anchal headquarters, as we prepare for the launch of our new scarf line! Volunteers flowing in and out of the office, countless coffee runs, and the nervous anticipation for my first post college all-nighter. As we work hard getting ready for the big day, we ask you to spread the word. Share our mission with your friends and family and don’t forget to check us out at www.anchalproject.org. Look for more updates to come, but in the mean time enjoy this glimpse into our upcoming Didi Campaign!


S if for September…and the Social Good Summit!


This year’s Social Good Summit in New York City will be held worldwide. Okay, I said it’s in New York City, but it will really be everywhere. That’s because the organizers of this three day conference “where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions” have decided that the best way to maximize technology for good is to open the entire summit up to the world. Although many participants will actually meet in person, the majority will connect online. These remote participants will take part in “The Global Conversation” – an event slated to be the world’s largest conversation on how technology can contribute to a more and more globalized “community.”

Interesting and intriguing, right?!

What’s even better is that America Ferrera, our very own celebrity advocate, will be speaking at the Summit.

Here’s a video that explains the concept of this year’s Summit:

Hope you can join!

Half the Sky Press Tour with Anchal’s Partner


The Anchal team is extremely excited about the upcoming PBS Half the Sky documentary that premieres on October 1st and 2nd. Not only will it be a powerful film about women and children’s oppression around the world but it also features our partner New Light and Executive Director, Urmi Basu.

Recently, a group from the film met with the press to promote the film and to speak about their experiences. The team from the film included Meg Ryan, Diane Lane, Nicholas Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn, America Ferrea, and Urmi Basu. Our friend America shared this about her experiences at New Light.

“I walked away remembering to keep my eyes open and my heart open to the possibility that I might one day come across a certain need that I could meet and remember that a hero like Urmi changed hundreds of children’s’ lives by deciding to say yes instead of no.”

If you have not yet visited Half the Sky Movement’s website or watched the trailer, do yourself a favor and take a look now. The website truly sheds light on the experiences our artisans face daily.

Be sure to stay tuned. We will be sharing Anchal’s plans to celebrate the film’s debut very soon.