A remarkable documentary titled “Half the Sky” will be presented in Devils Lake at the Lake Region State College starting tonight and continuing Thursday afternoon from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
This film tackles difficult issues which effect women world-wide.
Topics to be covered and discussed include the following:
Did you know that one woman dies every two minutes from pregnancy-related causes.
The U.S. ration of maternal deaths is higher than 40 other countries; despite spending more per capita on maternal care than any other country.
One in five women will be a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
Sixty million girls are “missing” due to selective abortions of female fetuses and the mistreatment and neglect of female children.
•Sex trafficking and forced prostitution
Estimates for children in sexual slavery range from 300,000 to as high as 1.2 million.
Some studies suggest that there are as many as 27 million slaves today – more than at any point in history - and 56 percent are women.
Seventy percent of the world’s poor are women and girls.
Women earn less than 10 percent of the world’s wages but work more than two-thirds of the world’s working hours.
•Educating women and girls
A child born to a literate woman is 50 percent more likely to survive past the age of 5.
Some of the information presented in the documentary will shock and hopefully inspire audience members to action.
Following the documentary at 7:30 p.m. there will be a community presentation by Dr. Rich Johnson and Dr. Rita Nalubega about the direct connections in their families to efforts to help women abroad.
Refreshments will be served both nights. The event is free and is suitable for adults and older teens.