Evanston/North Shore

Women Hold Up Half the Sky

 
Co-Presented by Illinois Holocaust Museum and YWCA Evanston/North Shore

"Women Hold Up Half the Sky" identifies one of the central moral challenges of the 21st century – full equality for the world’s women. It is inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Pulitzer-prize winning authors, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Like the bestselling book, the exhibition features ordinary women who have accomplished extraordinary things. It challenges visitors to open their eyes, minds, hearts, and most of all, to take action to improve women and girls’ lives locally and worldwide.

EXHIBITION-RELATED PROGRAMS

All "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" programs, films, and panel discussions are free to the public. All Museum exhibitions and "Women Hold Up Half the Sky" Gallery Talks require Museum admission. Questions? Call 847.967.4889.

FILM AND DISCUSSION

DREAMCATCHER
January 12, 2017 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm

 

The Sundance Film Festival award winning documentary Dreamcatcher follows a former Chicago trafficking victim who created the Dreamcatcher Foundation to help other women escape prostitution.

Featuring: Brenda Myers-Powell, the documentary’s main subject, and Founder of Dreamcatcher Foundation

Exhibition Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

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EXPERT PANEL:

SEX TRAFFICKING
The Demand that Drives Sex Trafficking in Illinois

January 15, 2017 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Event will be held at the Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Month Event

 

Sex trafficking is one form of modern day slavery that is prevalent in Chicagoland. Experts will discuss the demand for prostitution in Illinois and important ways communities are fighting back.

Featuring: Laura Jansen, lead author of Our Great Hobby: An Analysis of Online Networks for Buyers of Sex in Illinois, and researcher, University of Chicago; Caleb Probst and Lynne Johnson, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE); Laura Ng (Moderator), Executive Director, Traffick Free

Community Partners: CAASE; Evanston Police Department; Evanston Public Library; Her Story Theater; Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; The Salvation Army, Promise Program; Traffick Free

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GALLERY TALKS
FREE WITH THE COST OF ADMISSION 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM DURING THE DATES BELOW:

Local experts speak briefly (15-20 minutes in the exhibition) about current issues regarding female health, safety and economic opportunity and how their organizations are addressing these issues.

Reservations are not required for the Gallery Talks below.

January 8, 2017 Labor trafficking in Chicago | Heartland Alliance
January 14, 2017 Sex trafficking in Chicago | Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Assault


Presenting Sponsors:

   

Supporting Sponsors: Lance & Brenda Feis; Women’s Leadership Committee of Illinois Holocaust Museum
Contributing Sponsors: Ann & Brian Balusek/Mammel Foundation; ComEd; ITW; Make It Better; Northern Trust
Additional Funders: Judith L. and Robert D. Appelbaum; Bayer Family Foundation; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; BMO Harris Bank; Carylon Foundation; Full Circle Foundation; Mellody Hobson/Ariel Investments; Susan & Richard Kiphart; Lori Komisar & Morrie Silverman; Makena Capital Management; Elyce & Mark Metzner; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; Northwestern University; Desirée Rogers; The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor for all Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.
Media Sponsors: Make It Better, WBEZ Chicago

Exhibition Partners: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.- Delta Chi Omega chapter; Evanston Community Foundation; EverThrive Illinois; Healing Hands of Joy; Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; Jewish Coalition Against Sex Trafficking (JCAST) Chicago; Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Chicago North Shore Section; North Shore (IL) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated; SHALVA

Women Hold Up Half the Sky is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

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