My Top 5 Gifts to Empower Women and Girls

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Did you happen to watch the riveting two-part PBS series, "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide," when it premiered in October? The series, based on the bestselling book by NY Times columnist and women’s rights advocate Nicholas Kristof, and his equally impressive wife Sheryl WuDunn, profiled women from 10 countries who’ve overcome tremendous hardship to transform their lives and to make a difference for women and girls in their communities. The film, as it happens, was part of Women and Girls Lead, a huge public media campaign to educate people around the world about the issues facing women and girls, ways of supporting them, and the economic power of the girl effect.

To spread its message and connect people across the globe, Women and Girls Lead is using an array of documentaries, films, television and new media, involving dozens of international groups. Right now they’re focusing on a global effort to end gender-based violence through films and programs about human sex trafficking and the escalating use of rape as a weapon of war. You can join the campaign or make a donation at Beyond the Box.

I know. This is hardly cheerful holiday stuff, and not nearly as much fun as picking out some pretty earrings or a spellbinding mystery for your daughter or your best friend. But isn’t the season about giving something lasting and meaningful, too? After all, it takes a village.

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