Celebrities and Advocates

Traveling the globe to see change firsthand

Some of Hollywood's top talents traveled with Nicholas Kristof to Somaliland, Kenya, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Sierra Leone to meet the women on the front lines of the campaign to secure human rights of women and girls worldwide.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide filmed in 10 countries, following Kristof, WuDunn, and celebrity activists America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union, and Olivia Wilde on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring and courageous individuals. Across the globe, oppression is being confronted and 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 needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — is the single most vital opportunity of our time. All over the world, women are seizing this opportunity.

"Celebrities can bring these issues into the limelight. That’s your job;
to shine a little light on people that are actually doing the hard lifting,
but to help them as much as you can."

— Susan Sarandon, Actor, Activist


America Ferrera

The star of Ugly Betty and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants has served as an artist ambassador for the global humanitarian organization Save the Children. She traveled to India with Nicholas Kristof to visit Urmi Basu and the New Light shelter.


Diane Lane

The Academy Award nominated star of Unfaithful and supporter of Heifer International and Oceana, traveled to Somaliland with Nicholas Kristof to visit Edna Adan at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital.


Eva Mendes

The star of Hitch and We Own the Night traveled with Nicholas Kristof to Sierra Leone to visit Amie Kandeh and the International Rescue Committee.


Meg Ryan

The star of When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, and a CARE Ambassador, traveled to Cambodia with Nicholas Kristof.


Gabrielle Union

The star of Bring it On and Bad Boys 2 and education advocate traveled with Nicholas Kristof to Vietnam to visit John Wood at Room to Read.


Olivia Wilde

The star of House and veteran activist traveled to Kenya with Nicholas Kristof to visit Ingrid and Jane at Jamil Bora and Rebecca in the Umoja Village.


Presented by ITVS, funded by Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional program funding provided by the Ikea Foundation, US Agency for International Development (USAID) (in partnership with FHI-360 and C-Change), Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, the Ford Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Coca-Cola Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Seedling Foundation, the Nike Foundation, the United Nations Foundation.;

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.