Women in India often spend most of their lives working on their husband's farm while never being able to own the land. This film looks at an organization that's attempting to redefine women as farmers and landowners.
In the past, villagers in rural Nepal were forced to burn firewood as their main energy source, leading to deforestation and health issues for women who constantly breathed in the smoke. Beehive bio briquettes are an alternative energy source that cost almost nothing to make, are smoke free, and are created from biomass that doesn't necessitate felling trees. See how this Nepalese community is being transformed through making, using, and selling bio briquettes.
Khadeza and Jahanara both live in Dhaka, Bangladesh, but their lives could not be more different. While Khadeza lives with her son, husband, and mother-in-law, Jahanara is a single mother with seven children to support. Khadeza has a steady job in a garment factory, which has a clinic where she can access family planning free of charge. Jahanara works as a cleaner in several houses around the city and has no access to birth control.
Kutch Mahila Vikas Sanghathan is a "Women's Bank" NGO based in Kutch district in western India. This award-winning, locally-run microfinance project has not only helped village women achieve financial aptitude, but it has also boosted their confidence, helping them overcome social problems.
The Dharan Information and Communications Technology Center in Nepal offers free training on computer basics for children of poor and marginalized communities. Umesh, Manamaya Darji and Bhakta Shrestha are a few of the many young people whose lives have been changed by the ICT center. Here, they share their experiences.
PATH created the lively, interactive Magnet Theater group in Kenya to help individuals and communities examine and alter risky behaviors involving sex. Individuals like Nelson, who became motivated by what he saw to get tested for HIV and change his ways.
The Rural Youth's Voices Project is a community-based youth radio station and music production studio in Magwi, South Sudan. The radio station fosters an open dialogue within the community through the exchange of information, opinions, and experience. It allows youth to become active citizens, disseminating information crucial to supporting development and peace in Magwi.
Hundreds of Central American migrants cross into Mexico every day in their attempt to reach the United States. The Mexican authorities detain 200,000 of those travelers every year in the southern state of Oaxaca, where the government has installed two security belts. There, in the middle of the main train routes from Central America, is the Ciudad Ixtepec migrant shelter, an oasis on the road of the undocumented. Meet Father Alejandro Solalinde, founder of this unique shelter.
As the second decade of the 21st century dawns, the United Nations Development Programme and the African Union are placing an emphasis on advancing women's rights and gender equality throughout the African continent. Meet some of the women who are leading this push and laying the foundation for the "decade of African women."
This film explores mangrove forest depletion in the Indus River Delta on the Pakistani coast. This fast-deteriorating and unique forest provides a habitat for marine life, protection from cyclones, and a way of life for a large community of fishermen. See what environmental activists are doing to conserve the mangroves and save these vast life-giving forests.
Driven from her homeland by the Taliban and forced to flee to Pakistan when she was 17, Ferishta is one of a growing number of women taking part in rebuilding Afghanistan through small businesses that promote gender equality. Find out how she has overcome these odds to start a thriving sports ball company.
Safe drinking water and household electricity were well out of reach for the rural communities of Candelaria and Malacatoya, Nicaragua, until the arrival of AsoFenix, a nonprofit organization that provides renewable energy projects to improve the lives of rural Nicaraguans.
Rape is an epidemic in the Congo. Women that are raped do not talk about it for fear of being abandoned by their families and rejected by their villages. These women have kept their secrets for years, some decades. Now they are sharing their stories for all women of the Congo.
Madalitso Masa is a health worker from Jonasi Village in the centre of Malawi. The area is rocky and mountainous, making home visits a challenge, but Madalitso has made it her mission to bring care closer to home.
Felix, 25, has been a local health worker in Xachmochán Village, Guatemala, since 2007. He has served almost 100 families in and around his village in that time, treating sick children who otherwise would not have access to the medicines that could save their lives.
Ade Yunarsih starts her newborn visits each day at 6 a.m., averaging 20 to 30 house calls for each week and delivering about ten babies each month. She?s been keeping this schedule, more or less, for 15 years in the village of Kampung Cirendeng, Indonesia. Ade is the person mothers turn to when they are pregnant, when they are giving birth and when their children become sick.