IWIRC HK Film Screening- Half the Sky

Stephenson Harwood, 18th Floor United Centre, 95 Queensway, Hong Kong
6.15pm for a 6.45pm screening (50 minutes followed by refreshments and audience discussion)
Thursday, July 9, 2015
Registration Deadline: 8th Jul 2015

You are invited to join a free screening of a segment of Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The event will be joined by Su-Mei Thompson to lead a discussion after the screening over some wine and nibbles.

Half the Sky is a four-hour series shot in 10 countries: Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia and the U.S.A.  Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book, the documentary series introduces women and girls who are living under some of the most difficult circumstances imaginable — and fighting bravely to change them. The film consists of 6 segments covering (a) gender based violence; (b) sex trafficking; (c) education issues; (d) maternal mortality; (e) forced and intergenerational prostitution; and (f) economic empowerment.
IWIRC Hong Kong Network will be screening the segment regarding economic empowerment which is set in Kenya, where Nicholas Kristof and actress Olivia Wilde witness the impact of the economic empowerment of women first-hand. They explore the impact and challenges of microfinance and the ways it is transforming the lives of women and those around them. We meet Jane Ngoiri, a former sex worker-turned-dressmaker who is now able to send her four children to school as well as the women of Umoja village. Nicholas and Olivia see for themselves the dramatic and tangible transformation that can be set in motion  by a woman with a little bit of money of her own and a system of support to help her make the best use of her financial and personal resources.
Attendance is free, however attendees will be encouraged to make a small donation on the night to TWF in order to assist with funding the Hong Kong film "She Objects", which will focus on how the media creates and exacerbates gender stereotypes twfhk.org/she-objects
If you are able to attend the event, please RSVP by emailing iwirchk@gmail.com