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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

By October 4, 2012Uncategorized
by Allie Marie Smith

Hi Girls, 

As a 501c3 non-profit organization, the first part of Wonderfully Made’s mission is to help young women know their true value and worth, which we believe is found through a relationship with the God who beautifully and intentionally created you.
The second part of our mission is to inspire a generation of girls and young women to live outward- focused lives. As the founder of an organization that seeks to instill lasting value and worth in women, the book “Half the Sky” has radically influenced, inspired and motivated me – while also leaving me heartbroken over the tragic stories of girls and women who do not enjoy the opportunities and freedom most of us reading this have. I believe Jesus was and is the world’s number one advocate and champion of women, so as girls who follow Him, we are called to be the same.

I know many of you world-changers are already well aware of this important and eye-opening book but for those of you who aren’t I strongly encourage you to read it, watch the recent DVD and make a personal commitment to be part of the solution. 

The Book

“Half the Sky” is a passionate call to arms against our era’s most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.

With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope. Available here.

The Movie

Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s groundbreaking book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide takes on the central moral challenge of the 21st century: the oppression of women and girls worldwide. Take an unforgettable journey with six actress/advocates and New York Times journalist Kristof to meet some of the most courageous individuals of our time, who are doing extraordinary work to empower women and girls everywhere. These are stories of heartbreaking challenge, dramatic transformation and enduring hope. You will be shocked, outraged, brought to tears. Most important, you will be inspired by the resilience of the human spirit and the capabilities of women and girls to realize their staggering potential. Pre-order here.

The Movement
You can learn more about how to tangibly get involved at Half the Sky’s website.

We also encourage you to rally behind some of our most beloved businesses and organizations that are empowering women and sharing the love of Christ including 31 Bits, Sseko Designs, International Princess Project, Raven + Lily, Noonday Collection, Treasures and the A21 Campaign. We also encourage you to check out the wonderful work Not for Sale, Opportunity International and Kiva are diong.

There are countless ways to be a part of extinguishing the oppression of women and I hope you will join us in doing your part. Let’s be wonderfully made world-changers who know our value and are committed to helping other girls and women discover or reclaim theirs. 

How can you help alleviate the oppression of women and girls locally and globally?

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