Women’s History Month: UCCS to screen “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity”

Karin Larkin, (719) 255-3124, klarkin@uccs.edu Tom Hutton, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519, thutton@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –Portions of the documentary “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” that deal with education, maternal mortality and sex trafficking will be shown from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 21 in Dwire Hall Auditorium on the campus of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

The film screening is part of the university’s celebration of Women’s History Month. A discussion and reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public. Parking, compliments of UCCS Parking and Transportation Services, will be free in lots 1 and 3.

About the Film

“Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” is a four-hour PBS television series and international broadcast. It was filmed in Cambodia, Kenya, India, Sierra Leone, Somaliland, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Liberia, and the United States. Inspired by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book that bears the same title, the documentary series introduces women and girls living in difficult circumstances and fighting to change them. Kristof, a Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter, and celebrity advocates America Ferrera, Diane Lane, Eva Mendes, Meg Ryan, Gabrielle Union and Olivia Wilde highlight viable and sustainable options for empowerment and offer an actionable blueprint for change.

This documentary is part of a larger effort to spark recognition of oppression of women and girls worldwide. This movement brings together video, websites, games, blogs and other educational tools to raise awareness of women’s issues and steps to fight oppression and to empower women. For more information on the movement visit http://www.halftheskymovement.org/.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, the departments of history, sociology, women’s and ethnic studies, and geography and environmental studies.

Eva Warner, a student at CU-Boulder and daughter of Kee Warner, Professor, Department of Sociology, will attend the screening and discuss her recent sociological research on the social determinants of maternal health with pregnant women in the urban slums in India. Perrin Cunningham, curator and director of external programs, Heller Center for Arts & Humanities, will lead a discussion about steps to improve the lives of women and girls worldwide.

 About Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month began in 1982 as “Women’s History Week.” Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as “Women’s History Week.”  In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women’s History Project, Congress designated the month of March 1987 as “Women’s History Month.” Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month. Since 1995, Presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.”

For more information, visit http://womenshistorymonth.gov/

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 36 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 9,800 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.