Women Hold Up Half The Sky

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Tonight I am thrilled to be attending a very special Private Tour of “Women Hold Up Half the Sky” Exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center by Molly Melching & Tostan.


Experience a groundbreaking new exhibition inspired by the critically acclaimed book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

Featuring documentary photographs, visual art, innovative sound installations, and interactive opportunities for visitors to get involved, Women Hold Up Half the Sky addresses gender equality as the human rights cause of our time. Confronting the malign persistence of sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, the exhibition tells stories of women from around the globe who have changed their lives through education, economics, and self-determination. Among them is Saima Muhammad, who lived in fear of her abusive husband and whose community ignored her suffering until she received a $65 microloan and built an embroidery business that now supports thirty families in her Pakistani village. The exhibition also spotlights visionaries like Edna Adan Ismail, the former first lady of Somalia, who used her life savings to build a maternity hospital in war-torn Somaliland, prompting donations and support from all over the world.

Experience these tales of perseverance, courage, and hope—and celebrate how individuals can be part of workable solutions.

Molly Melching & Tostan

Empowerment.  Development.  Transformation

Since founding Tostan in Senegal in 1991, Molly and the organization have gained international notice for their work with partner communities encouraging the abandonment of female gential cutting, child/forced marriage, education and community organization.  To date, more than 6000 communities in seven countries have made public declarations to abandon traditional practices harmful to women and girls.  The work continues…hear about it from Molly herself.

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A groundbreaking exhibit that focuses on the worldwide oppression of women and girls as the human rights cause of our time and boldly asserts that change is possible and can happen quickly.  Inspired by the bestseller by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Not to be missed!