Half the Sky is a movement inspired by the best-selling novel and the work of journalists Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn to turn oppression of women into opportunity worldwide.  Hidden in the overlapping problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality, women are facing gender-based violence all over the world. The Half the Sky Movement at University of Maryland is not only raising awareness of women’s issues, but also mobilizing faculty, staff and students to share ways to empower women. Annually in the fall semester, Global Public Health Scholars hosts a screening of Half the Sky, gathering about 250 students to view the film, grapple with sensitive issues, and discuss women’s empowerment in relation to stories presented in the film. In fall 2013, various student organizations whose goals align with Half the Sky presented after the screening, giving students the opportunity to get involved. For information on how to get involved, email Half the Sky ambassador Krishna N Bhagat