Kristi York Wooten has written an excellent piece about ‘Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide’, including several exclusive quotes from Meg Ryan and Somaly Mam. Please click on the link below or the thumbnail of Meg with New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof to be forwarded to the entire article and all the quotes.
‘Last November, Meg Ryan tweeted a picture of a former sex slave she met while on location in Cambodia with journalist Nicholas Kristof to film the Independent Lens special, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (airing on PBS October 1 and 2, check local listings).
Semana, the girl in Ryan’s photo, lost her eye when a brothel owner gouged it out with a knife. She was able to escape when the socket became so infected customers no longer wanted her for sex. Thankfully, Semana and other girls are now being helped by anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, whose foundation rescues and mentors girls and gives them a safe place to live. It’s been almost a year since I saw Ryan’s tweet, and, judging from the PBS previews for next week’s Half the Sky premiere, there’s hope for a happy ending for Semana and others like her. Yet, the thought still lingers: Why, in many parts of the world, are women devalued, abused, even considered disposable? It’s the same question Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide asks as cameras follow half a dozen of Hollywood’s leading ladies (Ryan, America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde) around the globe. (…) READ THE REST OF THE ARTICLE HERE