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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was a very important documentary based of the book by Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. It talks about the gender-based violence that goes on across the world. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl both work as journalists for The New York Times. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide was filmed in 10 countries: (Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya, India, Liberia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, the United States, and Vietnam) 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 solutions are being fashioned through health care, education,…show more content…
What really touched me about when they went to Sierra Leone was the work of the Rainbow Centre and the Family Services Unit at their local police department. The Rainbow Centre did counseling for rape and domestic violence victims and their families. Amie, who works with the International Rescue Committee, is the founder of the Rainbow Centre. When at the Family Services Unit, one girl (Fulamatu) and her mother was kicked out of the home when the little girl was raped by her uncle. Even though the uncle was not a blood relative, it was still a big deal that she was raped. Her father’s humiliation, caused them to be kicked out of the house and that night they had nowhere to go. The uncle was charged and then let off the hook by Fulamatu. He was also accused of raping other girls in that village. Fulamatu expresses to Nick and Eva that she doesn’t feel bad for herself because of what she’s going through. It’s expressed in the film that this gender-based violence is rooted in deep culture stereotypes similar to what happened during the time of
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