New York Times reporter Nick Kristof has been covering gender and poverty issues for decades. His new documentary is called Half the Sky - Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, inspired by his widely acclaimed book of the same name. Speaking at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, Nick talks about the value of investing in women across the globe.
Save the Children's "Girls' Voices" project started in Southern Bangladesh in 2006 with the aim of encouraging young women to take control of their lives and their futures. It has touched 42,000 lives since then—including those of Shilpi and her family.
Midwives in Chiapas, Mexico's poorest state, represent the front line in a nationwide battle to improve the lives of women. They are helping to reduce domestic violence and improve education, while also working hard to maintain a maternal mortality rate of close to zero.
Rape is a weapon that costs nothing, but it can cause as much damage as a bomb. We travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo to interview Dr. Denis Mukwege, one of the few doctors in the country willing to treat rape survivors, to discover the truth behind one of the world's greatest unreported evils.
The Taliban's home city of Kandahar is a volatile and dangerous place. In the midst of the ongoing conflict there, Rangina Hamidi, an Afghan-American woman, has started a business that provides local women with jobs creating embroidery. Earning their own money empowers these women, raising them out of poverty, improving their self-esteem, and enabling them to make independent financial decisions.