2013 The Festival of Fair Trade: Half The Sky Thanksgiving Screening
The inspiration behind the Power of 5 came to Denise Attwood, co-owner of Ganesh Himal Trading, after watching the documentary Half The Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity For Women Worldwide which interviews women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable and fighting bravely to change them. Feeling overwhelmed by the magnitude of the difficulties these women and girls faced Denise and her co-workers at Ganesh Himal Trading committed themselves to raising money and awareness for these young impoverished girls in Nepal who want to go to school, giving them access to education, empowering them and helping them from being trapped in lives of desperation. That was the seed planted by Half the Sky that blossomed into the Power of 5 campaign.
Because the documentary Half the Sky was so impactful, Ganesh Himal Trading is bringing it to the Magic Lantern Theater during the Festival of Fair Trade. "People who come to the Festival of Fair Trade are those that want to learn and participate in creating a better world" says Denise Attwood, "we want to give them access to ways of learning that will help them understand our power to make change, viewing Half The Sky will do that. Fair Trade and education of young impoverished girls goes hand in hand. We want our customers to understand that and be participants in making it happen." Prior to the movie, Denise will speak on "Moving Beyond Paralysis: Steps for Making Positive Change."
More information about Half the Sky:
The central moral challenge of our time is reaching a tipping point. Just as slavery was the defining struggle of the 19th century and totalitarianism of the 20th, the fight to end the oppression of women and girls worldwide defines our current century.
Hidden in the overlapping problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality is the single most vital opportunity of our time and women are seizing it. From Somaliland to Cambodia to Afghanistan, women's oppression is being confronted head on and real, meaningful solutions are being fashioned. Change is happening, and it's happening now.
Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn took on this urgent moral challenge in 2009 with their acclaimed best-selling book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (already in its 25th printing in hardback). They encouraged readers all over the world to do the same.
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