At Rockford College, students and faculty are engaging in a project that aims to end the abuse of women in Third World countries. The project, called Half the Sky, is based on a New York Times best-selling book of the same name.
Authors Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn show the stories of women from around the world who are struggling to overcome oppression. The five major themes of the book are lack of access to education, sex trafficking, maternal mortality, violence and lack of access to business capital and employment opportunity.
Rockford College board member Jim Keeling and his wife Pam lead the Rockford project, which aims to engage local people by getting them to read the book through clubs, schools, nonprofit groups and businesses. The school also hosts lectures and symposia with speakers on Third World issues.
The authors note that the solution to these problems is encouraging women to be self-sufficient. The school group aims to raise money for "microfinance funds," which are loans that are directed to women with career goals in Third World countries.
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