ICAN and NET are Partnering to Present a Community Cinema Event

Sep 25, 2012

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a six-part miniseries that will premiere on PBS October 1st and 2nd.

ICAN, the Institute for Career Advancement Needs, is partnering with NET for a preview screening of two of the episodes of the mini-series this Thursday at UNO’s Mammel Hall.  The film is based on the best-selling book by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and his wife, entrepreneur Sheryl WuDunn. 

LeAnn Adkins, Spokesperson for ICAN, says the episodes show that human trafficking is not just an issue in other countries, but also happens right here in Omaha, Nebraska.  She hopes the mini-series will help educate people about who the victims are and how they can help.

"It takes viewers on a global journey to turn oppression into opportunity for women and girls.  They visit different countries in Africa and Asia and look at different injustices that are common in those countries and then interview someone in those countries who is trying to better those issues.”

Adkins says a question-and-answer session and dialogue will take place after the episodes. A panel of experts including community advocates, local government,  and education representatives, will discuss the issue of human trafficking.  Half the Sky will be shown this Thursday from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. at UNO’s Mammel Hall.  Limited seating is available. 

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