Press Release: An Intimate Film Screening of Half the Sky with Women Worldwide

An Intimate Film Screening of Half the Sky with Women Worldwide

NEW YORK, December 19, 2012 – The Women Worldwide Initiative will host its first holiday event, a film screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to support small businesses and girls’ education this holiday season.

On Wednesday, December 19, 2012, Alwan for the Arts, a cultural and aesthetic hub in lower Manhattan, will host youth and women empowerment organization, The Women Worldwide Initiative. As a staple of their events, The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) will bring together voices of the community, including other youth organizations, educators, artists, community leaders and social change makers, this time with New York’s Young & Powerful Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to civic engagement, training future leaders and empowering young professionals to serve disadvantaged communities.

The evening will illumniate the importance of girls’ education across the globe, while supporting the programs of TWWI and local businesses. Half the Sky, a four-hour television series for PBS, was shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S. “Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book, the documentary introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them,” states the movement’s website. Traveling with New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde, the film shares sustainable options for empowerment and offers an action-oriented approach to change. It is this kind of approach that TWWI values and supports.

“The screening of the film, Half the Sky, is a significant and imperative tool in raising awareness about the greatest inequality of our time: girl’s education and leadership,” says Founder and Executive Director, Uraidah Hassani.

As the Half the Sky movement explains, this inequality, “the central moral challenge of our time” as they term it, is reaching a tipping point. The struggle to end the oppression of women and girls around the world defines our current century. Ignited by a high-profile national television launch on PBS in October of 2012, Half the Sky is galvanizing even more people to join the growing movement for change for women and girls. The Women Worldwide Initiative is continuing to build on this current movement ahead of the international broadcast of the film in 2013, by arousing the interest, compassion and action of local community members, who can make a difference for women and girl’s equality.

In one year, TWWI has trained 25 teenage girls from Brownsville/East New York, Brooklyn and 25 college and graduate women in more than 24 weeks of leadership, service, educational and personal development curriculum in Young Women Rock! The organization also raised funds to donate 500+ inspirational notebooks to youth in conflict zones in the Middle East, and will serve over 400 at-risk children in the rural community of Ndola, Zambia in 2013 through the establishment of the community’s first computer lab, which will offer IT literacy programs and an internet cafe.

The evening will include several small business vendors and artists, aiming to give them greater visibility during the commercialized holiday season while simultaneously supporting TWWI’s Brooklyn-based girls empowerment program for at-risk teens, as well as girl’s IT literacy in Zambia through the organization’s social change project, Tech-Savvy Chimoza.  Visual artist, Marthalicia, will paint live during the event. For those hoping to complete their holiday shopping, fashion jeweler, Pearl Naidoo, will donate several specialty items from her new collection to the evening’s raffle, as well as sell her jewelry with 100% of proceeds dedicated to the organization’s Young Women Rock! program. The event will also showcase jeweler Breuklyn Gypsy in the raffle, and fine artist, Art by Mia, who will sell some of her prints and donate a painting to be entered in the raffle. The Bronx Women’s Business Resource Center will donate Botanical Garden and Bronx Zoo tickets to the raffle. Blessed Confections, one of the organization’s favorite bakers, will donate a special cake to the event, and Sabrosura Caterers will provide hors d’oeuvres. Sassy’s Sweets, influenced by Dominican, Puerto Rican and American hertiage, will cater additional sweet treats.

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About The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative, a nonprofit sponsored organization established in 2011, advances the lives and communities of women and girls in under-served communities in New York City and in developing countries. Since 2011, The Women Worldwide Initiative has been recognized by Melissa Harris-Perry from MSNBC as being a “foot soldier” in low-income neighborhoods in New York City, and by the Young & Powerful Group as providing essential high impact programs and services for the community. To learn more about The Women Worldwide Initiative’s history and work please visit

About Half the Sky Movement
The Half the Sky Movement is cutting across platforms to ignite the change needed to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide, the defining issue of our time. Inspired by journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book of the same name, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to not only raise awareness of women’s issues, but to also provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women. Change is possible, and you can be part of the solution. For more information, visit

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