Women - Social Conditions

The Breadwinner

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Imagine living in a country in which women and girls are not allowed to leave the house without a man. Imagine having to wear clothes that cover every part of your body, including your face, whenever you go out.

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630L
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03:00
The Breadwinner

Address to the United Nations Youth Assembly

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Speech by Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was shot in the face by extremists for standing up for the right of girls to be educated. This link includes a video, as well as text of the speech.

The Breadwinner

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Parvana felt the shadow before she saw it, as the man moved between her and the sun. Turning her head, she saw the dark turban that was the uniform of the Taliban. A rifle was slung across his chest as casually as her father's shoulder bag had been slung across hers...

The Talib kept looking down at her. Then he put his hand inside his vest. Keeping his eyes on Parvana, he drew something out of his vest pocket.

Parvana was about to squish her eyes shut and wait to be shot when she saw that the Talib had taken out a letter.

He sat down beside her on the blanket.

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630L
The Breadwinner

China Blue (2005)

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Examines the conditions of a factory in Shaxi, China, where mostly young women workers produce blue jeans for the western market in the age of globalization. Illuminates the economic pressures applied by Western companies and their human consequences. China Blue takes a look behind the closed factory gates and gives the anonymous workers a face.

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High
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01:28
China Blue