“Half the Sky” Screening & Panel Discussion
It was an inspiring, informative and memorable afternoon on Saturday, March 2, as our YWCA joined forces with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter and THIRTEEEN to screen portions of the powerful documentary, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” A crowd of 200 people at the Ciccone Theater at Bergen Community College viewed film highlights that featured stories of individuals impacted by the global problems of sex trafficking, forced prostitution, gender-based violence and maternal mortality—and how they present us with a vital opportunity for change.
This was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jamie Gordon, the film’s executive producer; and including NJ Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who is spearheading local legislation aimed at human trafficking prevention; and anti-human trafficking advocate Ingrid Johnson, whose daughter is a trafficking victim. The panel related how these global issues are happening right here in New Jersey, and emphasized the critical importance of raising awareness, holding perpetrators accountable and supporting victims. Many thanks to our partners, our sponsors, and to everyone who attended for bringing awareness to these critical issues—and a willingness to be agents for change.
Click here to see the program in its entirety.