Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women Worldwide(2009) by Nicholas D. Dristof and Sheryl WuDunn
When Helping Hurtsby Brian Fikkert and Steve Corbett. Chicago, Illinois: Moody Publishers. 2009. A study guide, Webinars, and other materials are available on www.chalmers.org/when-helping-hurts.
Global Women's Resources
Half the Sky Discussion Guide
Connecting in Burma (Myanmar)
Global Issues Affecting Women: Education
Global Issues Affecting Women: Maternal Health
Global Issues Affecting Women: Poverty
Global Issues Affecting Women: Sex Trafficking
Global Issues Affecting Women: Water
You Tube Videos from the 2012 Global Women Summit Film Festival
The Geography of Trafficking
The Price of Sex
Haiti: Maternal Mortality
Freeset – In Business for Freedom
Edge Outreach – Making Water Safe To Drink
Films from the 2011 Global Voices Summit Film Festival
Very Young Girls
Very Young Girls is an exposé of the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film follows barely adolescent girls in real time, using vérité and intimate interviews with them, documenting their struggles and triumphs as they seek to exit the commercial sex industry. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women.
A Walk to Beautiful
The award winning feature-length documentary A Walk to Beautiful tells the stories of five Ethiopian women who suffer devasting childbirth injuries and embark on a journey to reclaim their lost dignity. Rejected by their husbands and ostracized by their communities, these women are left to spend the rest of their lives in loneliness and shame. They make the choice to take the long and arduous journey to the Addis Ababa Fistula hospital in search of a cure and a new life.
When a woman shelters a group of girls from suffering female circumcision, she starts a conflict that tears her village apart.
Films from the 2010 Global Voices Summit Film Festival
God Sleeps in Rwanda
A powerful documentary about five women whose lives have been irrevocably altered by the Rwandan genocide. With the country left nearly 70% female in the wake of the massacres, "God Sleeps In Rwanda" is a lucid portrait of the much larger change affected by women in the East African country.
Made in L.A.
An Emmy award-winning feature documentary that follows the remarkable story of three Latina immigrants working in Los Angeles garment sweatshops as they embark on a three-year odyssey to win basic labor protections from a trendy clothing retailer. Compelling, humorous, deeply human, Made in L.A. is a story about immigration, the power of unity, and the courage it takes to find your voice.
China Blue takes us inside a blue-jeans factory, where Jasmine and her friends are trying to survive a harsh working environment. But when the factory owner agrees to a deal with his Western client that forces his teenage workers to work around the clock, a confrontation becomes inevitable.
At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in Our Time
The film takes the viewer inside the violent and ugly business of modern-day slavery — the buying and selling of human beings — from the brothels of the Philippines to the brick kilns of India.
Africa Rising: Grassroots Movement to End Female Genital Mutilation
Africa Rising is a powerful documentary portraying the indomitable grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation. Traveling through remote villages in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Somalia and Tanzania,Africa Rising celebrates the resilience and determination of the human spirit to change destiny against all odds.
They Call Me Muslim
In popular Western imagination, a Muslim woman in a veil – or hijab – is a symbol of Islamic oppression. But what does it mean for women’s freedom when a democratic country forbids the wearing of the veil? In this provocative documentary, filmmaker Diana Ferrero portrays the struggle of two women – one in France and one in Iran – to express themselves freely.
Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books not Bombs in Afghanistan and Pakistan(2009) by Greg Mortenson
The Poor Will Be Glad: Joining the Revolution to Lift the World Out of Poverty by Peter Greer. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. 2009. Find a discussion guide, book recommendations, and resources on line at www.thepoorwillbeglad.com.
Dr. Ruby K. Payne and Bill Ehlig, What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty. Order online at www.ahaprocess.com/store/Books.html or call 1.800.424.9484. This title and others by Dr. Ruby Payne are also available at www.amazon.com.
Leslie J. Hoppe, O.F.M. There Shall Be No Poor Among You: Poverty in the Bible. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press. 2004.
Judith M. Dean, Julie Schaffner and Stephen L.S. Smith, editors. Attacking Poverty in the Developing World: Christian Practitioners and Academics in Collaboration. Federal Way, Washington: World Vision Press. 2005.
HOPE International’s Perspectives on Global Poverty. Available on their Web site at www.hopeinternational.org or by calling 1-717-464-3220. This provides insight into microfinance as a response to global poverty through the formation of solidarity groups.
Walking with the Poor by Bryant L. Myers. Maryknoll New York: Orbis Books. 1999.
Read Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd. Her organization, GEMS, is featured in the documentary Very Young Girls shown in the 2011 Film Festival list. Order at amazon.com.
Read Stop the Traffik: People Shouldn’t Be Bought and Sold. Order online: www.stopthetraffik.org/downloads/order-form-book.pdf
Download this packet, by Stop the Traffik (UK), for a free guide on how to tackle sex trafficking in your own community: http://www.stopthetraffik.org/downloads/acts-pack.pdf.
Host a viewing of International Justice Mission’s At the End of Slavery: The Battle for Justice in our Time narrated by Danny Glover. Information and a viewing guide available online: www.AtTheEndofSlavery.com.
View the U.S. Department of Justice, OfficeforVictimsofCrime (OVC) film, Responding to Victims of Human Trafficking. Other resources are available on their Web site at www.usdoj.gov.
Read the Trafficking in Persons Report available at www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2009/index.htm.
Discover what one teenage girl is doing to address this issue at http://justustoday.org.
The Salvation Army’s Initiative Against Sexual Trafficking (IAST) Website at www.iast.net features an extensive resource section including books, videos, Web sites, articles and a list of advocacy and human service organizations addressing this issue.
Look Beneath the Surfacematerials in English and Spanish are available from the The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at www.acf.hhs.gov/trafficking.Their campaign is called Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking.
U.S. Department of Justice, OfficeforVictimsofCrime (OVC) has resources available on their Web site at www.usdoj.gov.
Human trafficking is illegal. Visit www.usdoj.gov/crt/crim/tpwetf.htm for information from the Trafficking in Persons and Work Exploitation Task Force.
Adams, Carol J. Violence Against Women and Children: A Christian Theological Sourcebook. New York: Continuum, 1998.
Bales, Kevin. Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1999.
Batstone, David. Not for Sale. San Francisco: Harper, 2007.
Brock, Rita Nakashima and Susan Brooks Thistlewaite. Casting Stones: Prostitution and Liberation in Asia and the United States. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1996.
D’Cunha, Jean. The Legalization of Prostitution. Bangalore: Wordmakers, 1991.
Farley (Ed.), Melissa. Prostitution, Trafficking and Traumatic Stress. New York: The Haworth Press, 2003.
Kilbourn, Phyllis, and Marjorie McDermid, ed. Sexually Exploited Children: Working to Protect and Heal. Monrovia: MARC, 1998.
Malarek,Victor. The Natashas: Inside the New Global Sex Trade. New York: Arcade, 2004.
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