Independent Lens | Forced Prostitution | Awareness Campaign | Half the Sky Movement

0 // Forced Prostitution // At no point in history have more people been enslaved than women currently are in the sex trade. Women and girls account for 80 percent of the people trafficked across international borders each year, most often for sexual exploitation. In parts of the world, families submit their own relatives to forced prostitution, benefiting financially from their exploitation and creating a cycle that is difficult to break. Millions of women and girls worldwide are trapped in the commercial sex industry. Stripped of their basic human rights, they are bought and sold, generating an estimated $27.8 billion of profit for their exploiters.

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide – Premiering October 1-2, 2012

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two interactive websites, educational video modules with companion text, and an impact assesment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

The series follows Kristof, WuDunn, and six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Nicole Kidman as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. Embedded in the linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which still needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — is the single most vital opportunity of our time — and all over the world, women are seizing it.

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