The Women's Empowerment video modules may be used in conjunction with activities in the Educator Guide (download PDF) and NGO Action Guide (download PDF) to explore stories of women's empowerment and leadership around the world.
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Kenya and Wangari Maathai (7:46)
This module portrays the story of Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Short clips examine her personal philosophy, her leadership in Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and her ability to empower rural women to mobilize around issues of dwindling natural resources, widespread poverty and oppressive government practices.
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The Green Belt Movement (7:43)
This module shows how Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement mobilized citizens to stand up to their government and demand social and environmental justice. Short clips depict the strategies and tactics that rural women, Maathai and other activists used to protect critical public lands, fight for human rights and protest political corruption.
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Bolivia’s Indigenous Workers (9:06)
This module provides background on Bolivia, teaching students about the lives and economic plight of its indigenous people. Footage depicts the rise of coca growing, failed U.S. attempts at eradication and the assent of a poor coca grower, Evo Morales, to the Bolivian presidency in 2005. Students will also follow the campaign of Jiovana Navia, one of only a few women serving in the Bolivian Parliament, who is elected with the help of a labor organization called PLANE.
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PLANE’s Fight for Workers’ Rights (6:49)
Representative Jiovana Navia and President Evo Morales struggle to implement legislation to provide greater equality for indigenous peoples, the
nationalization of resources, agrarian reform and support for worker
programs like PLANE. Violent conflicts intensify
as wealthy landowners stymie legislation in the Parliament and
workers in PLANE are not paid for months. PLANE leader, Esther
Encinas, accuses Navia of betraying the women who elected her.
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Egypt’s 2005 Elections (6:53)
Viewers meet three Egyptian women who form a
watchdog organization to monitor the 2005 multi-party elections; the
first such elections allowed by President Mubarak in 25 years.
They witness and report electoral fraud and voter intimidation, particularly
in communities where there is support for opposition parties.
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Digital Activism (7:24)
The Shayfeen.com activists support the brave judges who step forward
and ask for an investigation of the election abuses. The women
of Shayfeen.com develop media projects and specific messaging for
the Internet to mass public support. This module examines the use of
digital technology to further civic engagement in the face of repression.
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An Israeli Arab’s Experience (6:33)
This module introduces 17-year-old Shadya Zoabi, an Israeli Arab karate champion who is fiercely independent, despite growing up in a male-dominated Muslim culture. At the same time, Shadya is grappling with the challenges that Muslims face as citizens of Israel. Her internal conflicts intensify when she meets the Palestinian team at an international karate competition.
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Shadya and Morad (9:02)
Viewers meet Shadya’s fiancé, Morad. Shadya’s own
opinions about her independent spirit and the future of her continued
participation in karate are shown in contrast with the opinions of her
family members as well as Morad’s. Her coach, Danny, attends
her wedding and visits the newlyweds at their new home.
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