The Half the Sky Interest Group was formed as an outgrowth of the January 2011 branch book discussion of Kristof and WuDunn’s book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The group’s mission is to heighten awareness of international women’s issues through research and education. Members research and present information about organizations that specialize in supporting women in developing countries.
Meetings are held at a member’s house on the fourth
Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Group members voluntarily donate $5.00 at each meeting and then vote to distribute the money to a worthy cause. Some of the organizations where charitable donations have been made are: Tostan – a program which seeks to eliminate female genital cutting through community education, the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund – with a request that the donation go towards a project to aid victims of sex trafficking, and the Hamilin Fistula Hospital – an Ethiopian hospital that provides care for women with obstetric fistulas. The group has also made microloans to help women run their own businesses in developing countries.