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Jane Ngori Turns a House into a Home in Kenya

Olivia Wilde and Nicholas Kristof arrive at Kaputei, some 60 KM from Nairobi to see the housing community set up by Jamii Bora. They are both initially skeptical about what this area can provide since it is so far for the women to travel to earn a living. However, after seeing Jane Ngori's house and celebrating her son Moses's 9th birthday, they change their minds. (7:37)

Gabrielle Union Reflects on Her Experiences in Vietnam

Gabrielle Union talks about her time in Vietnam and the many experiences she had. Gabrielle shares her experiences celebrating her birthday in Vietnam, learning about skin whitening and the value of education. Through her experiences, she has a newfound appreciation for her life in America. (7:48)

America Ferrera's Diary Cam Insights on India

Follow America Ferrera along as she narrates her time in India through a diary cam. Ferrera talks about meeting the young girls who work with Urmi Basu to break the cycle of forced prostitution. Watch as Ferrera makes chapati with the girls and even learns to sew with some of the mothers. (5:01)

Seeking the Truth about Female Genital Cutting in Somailand

Nicholas Kristof confronts Miriam and Farhiya in a clinic in Somaliland. The two women are traditional birth attendants and also perform female genital mutilation. However, they tell Kristof that this is a practice they have stopped doing three pears prior. Kristof investigates to find out the truth behind these claims. (4:06)

Why Do Mothers Die in Somaliland?

Hinda Hassan's death was needless and Diane Lane and Nicholas Kristof talk to Nimo, the midwife who helped her to find out what happened. In a country with no family planning and no trained doctors performing C-Sections, Hinda's death was something that would should happen in the 21st century. (8:58)

A Kenyan Restauranteur Flourishes Through Microfinancing

Olivia Wilde and Nick Kristof visit Joyce, a Kenyan woman who owns a restaurant in Nairobi. Joyce is a member of Jamii Bora, Kenya's largest microfinance organization and a powerful agent of change for the country's women. It provides loans to individuals, including former beggars, prostitutes, and the severely impoverished, who would be unable to pursue their ambitions without financing. (2:18)

Room to Read Gives Away Its Ten Millionth Book

John Wood, founder of Room to Read, gives away the 10 millionth book in Vietnam. The first time Room to Read gave away books, it was 3,000 to a school in Nepal, now the organization has grown to help over 6 million children worldwide. (5:49)

One Girl's Long Road to School and Safety in Sierra Leone

Agnes Libbi Smith lost her father during the civil war in Sierra Leone and her mother when she was 13 years old. Finding herself homeless, Agnes was physically abused and raped by a teacher who promised her an education. Finally breaking free and seeking help at the Rainbo Center with Amie Kandeh and the International Rescue Committee, Agnes hopes to become a doctor and help others. (5:00)

The Impact of India's Caste System on Women

Urmi Basu, the founder of New Light, explains to America Ferrera the caste system in India and how women end up in prostitution. (5:13)

Sakena Yacoobi on Educating Women and Girls in Afghanistan

Sakena Yacoobi has made a difference in the lives of around 8.5 million people through the operation of learning facilities in Afghanistan over the course of twenty years. Sakena believes that, if properly equipped with the knowledge and confidence to act, the current generation of Afghani girls can fix the country's severe gender imbalances within just 5 to 10 years. (5:50)

Treating Fistulas at Edna Adan Hospital

Worldwide, two million women are living with fistulas. Every year there are 100,000 new cases. Only 14,000 cases are treated annually. In Somaliland women have an estimated 1 in 50 lifetime chance of developing a fistula during childbirth. This is the story of Fadumo Ibrahimo Juisaw who has come to be treated. (5:53)

Rape Is Civil War's Legacy in Sierra Leone

Dr. Olabisi Cole works at the Kenema Rainbo Center in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Her work there involves caring for girls and women who have been victims of sexual violence. Dr. Cole lived in Sierra Leone during the Civil War and discusses how rape and violence became part of the mainstream culture during that time period and how since, little has been done to stop it. (5:10)

Actress Perspectives

Diane Lane on the Edna Adnan Maternity Hospital

Diane Lane reflects on her experiences filming in Somaliland, where she got a first-hand look at the challenges and solutions surrounding maternal mortality at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital. (2:54)

Olivia Wilde on Empowering Women Economically in Kenya

Olivia Wilde discusses her involvement in the film and her experience in Kenya. (5:14)

Eva Mendes on Bringing Girl Power to Sierra Leone

Eva Mendes discusses her involvement in the film and her experience in Sierra Leone. (3:08)

America Ferrera on India's Sex Trade

America Ferrara discusses her involvement in the film and her experience in India. (3:39)

Gabrielle Union on the Challenges That Girls Face in Vietnam

Gabrielle Union discusses her involvement in the film and her experience in Vietnam. (3:44)

Campaign Features

Breaking the Cycle of Oppression with Education and Jobs

Gabrielle Union, Olivia Wilde, Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof discuss solutions to the most pressing problems facing women: maternal mortality, gender-based violence, sex trafficking and forced prostitution. Education and economic empowerment are the ladder to a better life for women, their families and communities. (1:43)

Prostitution Is the Absence of Choice

Women and girls account for 80 percent of the people trafficked across international borders each year, most often for sexual exploitation. Stripped of their basic human rights, women and girls are bought and sold, generating an estimated $27.8 billion of profit for their exploiters. (1:40)

Every 90 Seconds, a Mother Dies Giving Birth

All around the world, women are dying of causes which could have been prevented. Edna Adan, founder of a maternity hospital in Somaliland, discusses her backstory and what led her to become an agent of change in this Half the Sky Movement awareness campaign video. (1:25)

Violence Against Women Is a Global Epidemic

A group of experts and advocates describe the global epidemic of gender-based violence, which strips women of their autonomy and forces them to live in constant fear of physical retribution. The phenomenon can seem insurmountable in post-conflict countries like Sierra Leone, but extraordinary women like Amie Kandeh are nevertheless determined to bring an end to these rampant abuses. (1:41)

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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is not in any way affiliated with or in partnership with the Half the Sky Foundation, a nonprofit organization created in 1998 to enrich the lives and enhance the prospects for orphaned children in China. For more information about the Half the Sky Foundation, visit halfthesky.org.