Half the Sky highlights the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence against women

A packed Law Theatre at UNSW's Law Faculty last night, watched an abridged version of Half the Sky based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's book and heard from panel speakers and audience members about the extent and nature of the world's most pervasive human rights violation - violence against women. The AHRCentre event drew over 300 people to hear from a range of speakers on the causes and consequences of violence and how to transform the 'oppression of women into opportunity' and to reduce the violence. They were reminded that the violence is indiscriminate and crosses borders – affecting women not only in developing countries, but also in the developed world, with 1 in 3 Australian women over the age of 15 experiencing some form of violence in their lifetimes.

Photo of (l to r): Jennie Orchard, Patrick Moore, and Andrea Durbach. Photo © Jack Macdonald


To watch extended versions of each Half the Sky film module (each about 10 minutes)

complete with lesson plans, click here.

To download copies of last night's speeches, click on the author's name:

Elizabeth BroderickSex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

Andrew Byrnes, Chair, Australian Human Rights Centre

Andrea Durbach, Director, Australian Human Rights Centre

Jennie Orchard, former Director of Room to Read Australasia

Jacqui True, Mapping gender and the socioeconomic causes and consequences of conflict


To access links to websites, click on the titles below:

Break the Chain Video

One Billion Punches

One Billion Rising

Room to Read

The Elephant in the Room - Patrick Moore 



To purchase the book, Half the Sky, click here.

To purchase the special edition of the Human Rights Defender focusing on violence against women, click here.