Tuesday, March 2, 2010

International Women's Day 'Half The Sky' Contest!

Last year, Girl Scouts of the USA & CARE launched ‘The Power of Girls’ initiative to help mobilize girls around important global issues - including the critical role that girls' education and leadership play in addressing poverty. The initiative puts girls at the heart of a conversation about the most important issues of our time. The Power of Girls was first announced at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.

In honor of International Women’s Day, our good friends CARE will present Half the Sky in select movie theaters nationwide. Inspired by the best-selling book from Pulitzer-prize winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky features musical performances, celebrity commentary, and the world premiere of Woineshet, a powerful short film directed by Academy Award Winner Marisa Tomei. As featured on Oprah, CNN, and many others, Half the Sky remains a New York Times bestseller and a critical favorite across the globe. With Half the Sky LIVE, you can watch the pages of Half the Sky come to life onscreen with the story of a teenage Ethiopian girl who struggles with, and ultimately triumphs over violence and discrimination.

Thanks to CARE, we have 20 free double passes to issue to volunteers who plan to attend the event at their local participating theater (where available). Volunteers can simply submit their stories on how they are spreading the word on global girls’ issues within their troop or in the community. We know our volunteers are amazing and we would love to hear it! Please submit stories to groups@care.org. The first 20 volunteers to do so will receive a complimentary ticket.

Broadcast to theaters across the country, this one-night-only event – featuring the authors of Half the Sky, Dr. Helene Gayle of CARE, Marisa Tomei, and other celebrities and experts, as well as musical performances by India.Arie and Angelique Kidjo – will educate and inspire. Then, moviegoers will be invited to take action and participate in a larger worldwide movement to fight global poverty by empowering women and girls. Watch a sneak preview of the event here. Also, visit www.halftheskylive.com to find your local participating theater.