Join me at HALF THE SKY Live

By; Barbara

It is estimated than 100 million women are missing from the globe today. Every year at least 2 million women and girls worldwide disappear because of gender discrimination and gendercide.

100,000 girls are routinely kidnapped and sold into brothels.

In China the “dying womb” where Girls have committed the sin of being born female are left to die in hospitals. It is also estimated that 39,000 baby girls die a year in China because they do not receive the same medical care that boys do.

In India, girls are not vaccinated as boys are. All told in India girls from 1-5 years of age are 50 percent more like to die than boys the same age.

The best estimate is that a little girl in India dies from discrimination every 4 minutes.

In India, “bride burning” to punish a girl for having a inadequate dowry or to eliminate her so a man can remarry -takes place approximately once every two hours.

In Islamabad and Rawalpindi Pakistan 5,000 woman and girls have been doused with kerosene and set a fire, burned alive.

Women are stoned, beheaded, raped, tortured and genital mutilated by the millions and yet this is silenced.

It appears that more girls have been killed in the past fifty years, precisely because they were girls than men were killed in all the wars of the twenty century. More girls are killed in this routine “gendercide” in any one decade than people slaughtered in all the genocides of the twentieth century.

On a personal note I am asked why I have brought so many girls from other countries to be adopted here in the US when there are so many girls in the US who need to be adopted.

The first girl I brought to the US was through Mother Teresa and the sisters of Calcutta. In 1974 because of orphanage over crowding the orphans, unwanted daughters, where raised by the inmates of the prison. “Margaret” was 5 years old and besides the nuns who came to visit I was the first woman she saw. Her head was shaved to prevent lice infestation and she wore a white hospital type garment and had never worn anything else.

Where in this country are girls raised in prisons by male inmates?

Today my God daughter lives in New Hampshire. She is the mother of 4 girls, 2 adopted from India. She is an OBGYN and since her family is raised she is working with Doctors without borders and is currently in Haiti.

Two of my God daughters, twins, where brought out of China where they were left to die because their parents wanted no daughters but sons.

My God daughters where all brought out of places that did not value a girl, in Africa where “feeding stations” are over whelmed with girls whose parents decided the boys needed to be fed instead of them. Today all these women are productive members of society and all understand the importance of “paying it forward

 So to answer the question WHY??? I am reminded of the story told in Half the Sky. (Women hold up Half the Sky)

A man goes out to the beach and sees it covered with starfish that have been washed up in the tide.

A little girl walking along, picking them up and throwing them back into the water.

“What are you doing?” The man asks. “You see how many starfish there are? You’ll never make a difference”

The girl pauses thoughtfully, and picked up another starfish and threw it into the ocean.

“It sure made a difference to that one” she said.

I am honored to be a part of CARE and the Half the SKY movement. Will you please join with CARE and “Half the Sky in a tribute to women?

Invitation:

Dear Barbara,

You’re invited to join CARE at HALF THE SKY Live, our second annual celebration of International Women’s Day. <http://my.care.org/site/R?i=T3rqgEGsjSsef6Mz3iC6Rg..>

Inspired by moving stories from the critically-acclaimed book “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, HALF THE SKY Live will be an evening of uplifting songs, celebrity discussion and the world premiere of “Woinshet,” a powerful short film directed by Academy Award®-winner Marisa Tomei and Lisa Leone that chronicles the struggles of an Ethiopian woman who triumphs over violence and discrimination.

Much more than a night at the movies, the evening also will feature appearances by India. Arie; Maria Bello; Diane Birch; Michael Franti; Angelique Kidjo; Nicholas Kristof; Sally Lee; Marisa Tomei; Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York; Sheryl WuDunn and a surprise guest.

The one-night-only event will be held in nearly 500 theatres in the United States and Canada on Thursday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in all time zones. It’s sure to be one of the most visible International Women’s Day celebrations on the planet!

Please join us in celebrating the movement that’s changing the world. Visit www.halftheskylive.com for details, theatre listings and to purchase your tickets today. <http://my.care.org/site/R?i=7TXDhYA1gOvtOkF3DBuAew..>

Sincerely,

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Helene D. Gayle, MD, MPH
President and CEO, CARE

Let’s celebrate her.
Please plan on attending this event or please make a donation.

Thanks with Love,

Silence is not spoken here.

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