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Sakena Yacoobi on Educating Women and Girls in Afghanistan | Independent Lens | PBS

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/half-the-sky/ Watch Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women - premiering October 1 & 2 on PBS!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.About the SeriesHalf the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a landmark transmedia project featuring a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event, a Facebook-hosted social action game, mobile games, two interactive websites, educational video modules with companion text, and an impact assessment plan all inspired by Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the widely acclaimed book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.The series follows Kristof, WuDunn, and six celebrity activists including Diane Lane, America Ferrera, Olivia Wilde, and Nicole Kidman as they travel to nine countries and meet inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real 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 still needlessly claims one woman every 90 seconds — is the single most vital opportunity of our time — and all over the world, women are seizing it.Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide websitehttp://www.pbs.org/independentlens/half-the-sky/Half the Sky movement websitehttp://www.halftheskymovement.org/Women and Girls Leadhttp://womenandgirlslead.org/Learn more about "Independent Lens":http://www.pbs.org/independentlens==
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