Half The Sky Movement

International Program: Half The Sky


The topic at the International Program was “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” based on the book by Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn. Break-out session surrounded the topics of Maternal Mortality, Gender-Based Violence, Sex Trafficking and Forced Prostitution, and Economic Empowerment. At the end of the session the participants felt moved to take action and make impromptu donations.

Description Amount
Funds donated from the Roanoke Valley AAUW Branch 100.00
Funds donated by program attendees 155.00
Total funds collected 255.00
Heifer International for purchase of one goat 120.00
Kiva to provide loan to Carmelita (Philippines) for medicine 57.50
Turning Point Battered Women Shelter, Roanoke 50.00
Women for Women International for Girl’s Education 27.50
Total funds donated 255.00

An attempt was made to spread the funds with some going to local women in need as well as international women in need. The branch can be proud that we not only educated each other at the International Program Meeting, but we took immediate action to make a difference.

Peggy Shifflett, Finance Officer, AAUW


img_charities_kiva_121x64Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

img_charities_kiva_carmelitaCarmelita is a married woman with three children. She is a very hardworking entrepreneur. She is 45 years old and has one child who is in school. She has a business of buying and selling herbal medicines and vitamins in the Philippines. She has been in this business for 15 years. Carmelita would like to save enough to provide a secure future for her family.


img_charities_2010_heifer_logoHeifer International works with communities in need around the world to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. Your gift will give families the resources and training they need to lift themselves from hunger and poverty. This Easter, give them a gift that truly makes a difference.

img_charities_heifer_goatGoats Are Great for Families
The gift of a dairy goat represents a lasting, meaningful way for you to help a little boy or girl on the other side of the world. Goats can thrive in extreme climates and on poor, dry land by eating grass and leaves. The gift of a dairy goat can supply a family with up to several quarts of nutritious milk a day – a ton of milk a year. Extra milk can be sold or used to make cheese, butter or yogurt. Families learn to use goat manure to fertilize gardens.
Goats often have two or three kids a year making it easy for Heifer recipients to pass on the gift of a goat to another family in need. Donate a goat because this great investment allows our partners to lift themselves out of poverty by starting small dairies that earn money for food, health care and education. Help a family with the charitable gift of a goat.


img_charities_salvationarmy_roanoke1When families facing domestic violence have no place to go, they turn to the Salvation Army Turning Point. At Roanoke’s only domestic violence shelter, women and children in abusive situations find safety and support — and a chance to rebuild their lives.

Safety comes first, so clients immediately receive emergency shelter. Then, we take it one step further and teach clients about their legal options and how to stay safe. Through counseling clients learn about the cycle of domestic violence and how it affects their lives. Mothers attend parenting classes.

Sixty women and children can seek shelter at Turning Point at one time. The average stay is approximately 30 to 45 days.


img_charities_women_for_women_logo-2xWomen for Women International works with socially excluded women in eight countries where war and conflict have devastated lives and communities. Each woman we serve has her own story–some of loved ones murdered, and others of physical and emotional trauma. Most have endured a struggle for survival.

Women who enroll in our one-year program learn job skills and receive business training so they can earn a living. They come to understand their rights and how to fight for those rights in their homes, their communities and their nations. They learn how to become leaders.

Women for Women International (WfWI) believes that lasting change can only be achieved when women have access to both knowledge and resources.