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When you walk the floor at night thinking about how women are treated, these people are, too.

A wonderful project presents stories of women you'll never want to forget. And that's just the beginning.

It's the answer to the central moral challenge of our time.

The oppression of women is finally starting to end.

It takes a thousand different forms in a thousand different places, creating an interwoven mesh of cruelty. It encompasses physical abuse, sex-trafficking and prostitution, restricted access to education and opportunity, and more.


What's changed is that women are confronting the abuse head-on.

They're doing it all over the world, empowered by the knowledge of each other's presence and struggle.

Two journalists wrote a best seller about it.

In 2009, journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn released "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." It became a phenomenon.

"Women hold up half the sky." — Mao Zedong

They wanted to let people know and take heart from the exciting changes they were starting to see.

Half the Sky is now a movement.

Inspired by the book, the women and men of Half the Sky are committed to raising awareness of the problems women face and providing real solutions. Supporters have donated over $5 million to organizations supporting women and girls.

There was the movie.

The movement's first major video production is the "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" film that ran in four parts on PBS. It's now available on DVD.

This is the trailer.

The show visited 10 countries around the world.

Kristof was accompanied by A-listers like America Ferrera, Eva Mendes, and Gabrielle Union. They met with women and girls struggling to overcome terrible obstacles and recorded their heartache and triumph.

These are intimate and powerful stories you won't want to forget.

Half the Sky also has a Facebook game that's a lot more than fun.

The game raises awareness about real issues, but here's the best part: Players unlock real-world donations from Half the Sky partners during gameplay.

There are also mobile games for developing communities.

Of the 3.5 billion cellphones in the world, over 65% of them are in developing countries, and Half the Sky is helping to produce and distribute games for these phones that teach about important local topics.

There are three mobile game apps so far.

In January 2015, PBS debuted another Half the Sky program.

This one is called "A Path Appears."

Wanna join the movement?

You can keep up with Half the Sky Movement on their website, through PBS or via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, or Google+. And please share this with your friends who'll want to know about all the excitement.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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You could say Marine biologist, divemaster and National Geographic Explorer Dr. Erika Woolsey is a bit of a coral reef whisperer, one who brings her passion for ocean science to folks on dry land in a fresh, innovative and fun new way using virtual reality.

Images courtesy of Meta’s Community Voices film series

Her non-profit, The Hydrous, combines science, design, and technology to provide one-of-a-kind experiential education about marine life. In 2018, Hydrous produced “Immerse 360”, a virtual underwater journey through the coral reefs of Palau, with Dr. Woolsey as a guide.

Viewers got to swim with sharks, manta rays and sea turtles while exploring gorgeous aquatic landscapes and learning about the crucial role our oceans play—all from 360° and 3D footage captured by VRTUL 2 underwater storytelling VR cameras.


Hydrous then expanded on the idea to develop two more exciting augmented adventures using Meta Quest 2 technology: “Expedition Palau,” a live event where audiences can share a “synchronized immersive reality experience”, which includes live narration from Woolsey, and “Explore,” a “CGI experience” to enjoy the magic of the ocean at home.


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“I’ve been extremely fortunate to explore and study coral reefs around the world,” Woolsey said, sharing that it was “heartbreaking” to see these important habitats decay so rapidly while the latest scientific reports did not clearly lead to widespread compassionate action.

“How do we care about something we never see or experience?” she reflected. As she discovered, virtual reality would be a powerful solution for eliciting empathy. “VR has the ability to generate presence and agency and make you feel like you’re there. It's that emotional connection that can bridge scientific discovery and public understanding”

The combination of virtual reality and the ocean’s natural breathtaking beauty is, as Woolsey puts it, a “match made in heaven” for getting people more engaged in ocean education. “When you’re floating you can look up and down and all around you…seeing a school of fish surrounding you and reefs in these cathedral-like structures. Rather than watching a video of a scientist, you get to become the scientist.”

Hydrous also has special kits to provide middle school students hands-on learning about ocean life. In addition to a journal, activity cards and a smartphone VR viewer, each kit includes lifelike 3D printed model pieces of a coral reef so that middle school students can try building their own.

These reef models even turn white when temperatures rise inside the aquarium, which mimics the real “bleaching” that corals endure when they die due to higher than normal ocean temperatures. Students really do become scientists as they figure out how to bring color back to their reef.

While it’s true that the health of our oceans affects us all, the growing threats our oceans face—pollution, overfishing, climate change—don’t always affect us on an empathetic level. Through the use of technology, Woolsey has created an innovative way to connect hearts and minds to one of the Earth’s most important resources, which can inspire real and lasting change.

“We can’t bring everybody to the ocean, but we’re finding scalable ways to bring the ocean to everyone.”

To learn more about Hydrous, click here.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.


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