How many of you have heard of Half the Sky, the book? The movement?
Before I get into the book and the movement, I just want to plant this thought in your mind. What kind of reaction or thought do these terms invoke in you – women’s empowerment, educating women, liberation of the girl, power to the woman? Do you believe in “investing” in the girls of this world?
Have you heard of the girl effect? Nike started this foundation called “The Girl Effect” It’s aim is reduce to poverty in developing nations. How? By INVESTING in girls.
Check out this video: – it is only a 3 minute video. It is fun and informative at the same time. Trust me, you will be happy about the 3 minutes you spent watching it.
Did you know that Goldman Sachs, did a study and came up with “womenomics”. Naturally, the first thought that might come to one’s mind might be… Goldman Sachs?? Did I read that right? It’s a money hungry monster like any other banking, financial institute. Well, of course, there’s a reason behind their studies.. you guessed it right, money 🙂 But the good side of this initiative is that they also take a big step towards educating the masses and investing in women around the world.
According to their study/research, for every dollar invested in a woman, 70 cents goes back into the community/society/economy, whereas for every dollar invested in a man, only 30 cents goes back into the community/society/economy. If you are curious to read more, just search the web for “womenomics” or womenomics goldman sachs”.
Now, going back to Half The Sky, the reason I am writing about it today is that if you’re in the United States, you have an excellent opportunity. Tonight PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) shall be airing a 2 part series on the Half The Sky movement. It airs at 9/8c. Check this website – PBS/halfthesky out for more information
The book: Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity and, ultimately, hope. They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon.
Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women’s potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the best strategy for fighting poverty.
Deeply felt, pragmatic and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.
The 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.
I’d like to end this post by sending out gratitude to my parents who were wise enough to invest in their daughters (my sister and me). They treated all their children the same and gave them the same opportunities (well at least the ones that really count) 🙂
So, thank you mum and dad, I am what I am because of you guys. and with this note of thanks, I’d also like to mention that every opportunity I get, I try to do my bit for the upliftment of women worldwide, especially in developing countries such as India, where I am from.
Remember, to help out another woman, doesn’t mean you must spend money, there are a lot of different ways in which one can help girls and women in improving their lives.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, your POV on this.