To commemorate International Women’s Day, Amensty International(AU) held a screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
It is truly saddening to know that millions of women are still dying from diseases and childbirth complications which we know can be perfectly treated with modern medication, and proper prevention.
It is heartbreaking to know that girls are still being denied formal education, which should be a basic right, and are trapped within viscous cycles of rape and torture.
“In the nineteenth century, the central moral challenge was slavery. In the twentieth century, it was the battle against totalitarianism. We believe that in this century the paramount moral challenge will be the struggle for gender equality around the world.” - Nicholas D. Kristof
What can we do?
Towards the end of the film, I shed a few tears not only because of the plight of the girls who so badly want to finish their education but lack the means to, but also because I know I will be walking out of my seat, out of the door, without having done anything to make their lives better. Except making donations.
What else can I do?