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Voices for Women

Around the world, women often face gender inequality, oppression, even violence when it comes to their freedom and their rights. On this episode, we meet those who are determined to defy the odds and speak up for and in defense of women, worldwide.

At the 2014 World Economic Forum, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced that girls are the key to ending global poverty. No one could agree with that more than Denise Dunning. At the age of 12, while visiting her mother’s native Argentina, she saw an impoverished young girl, not much older than herself, begging with a baby and a toddler in tow. This early experience stayed with her and was the impetus behind creating Rise Up. Through its various programs, the lives of more than 115 million girls, youth and women have been transformed, around the globe. Denise Dunning knows, firsthand, that investing in girls’ leadership and empowerment leads them to change their communities, their countries and perhaps even the world.

 

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Outwitting Genetics (Marianna Palka)

Illnesses can sometimes run in families. Inherited genetic mutations can increase a person’s risk of developing different diseases – from cancer to mental disorders. But now, relatively new genetic testing is changing the way these illnesses are diagnosed and treated.

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Unicef (Angelique Kidjo)

UNICEF was created in 1946 by the United Nations General Assembly to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries devastated by World War Two. Since then, the UN program has furnished long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to millions of children and mothers in more than 190 countries.This week on Full Frame, we’ll meet three of UNICEF’s celebrity Goodwill Ambassadors to learn how they’ve used their fame and fortune to advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable citizens. 

Thinking Outside of the Box (Richard Curtis)

It seems solving some of the world’s biggest problems often takes novel or creative ideas so solution seekers who think “outside the box” tend to see big results. 

While some people merely dream of changing the world, for award-winning British filmmaker Richard Curtis, it’s a reality. The man behind such international hits as "Love Actually" and "Bridget Jones’s Diary," is also co-founder of the hugely successful Comic Relief and Red Nose Day fundraising events. In life, and on film, Curtis seems to perfectly capture both humor and humanity.

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Resilience (Sundaa Bridgett Jones)

Resilience is the ability to adapt to adversity; to roll with the punches despite the challenges before you. Could resilience help build a better world? Rather than “reacting,” would we be better off taking deliberate, planned, and proactive risks?

Sustainability of Land and Sea (Sylvia Earle)

Each year in April, the world demonstrates its support for environmental protection on what’s known as “Earth Day”. But what is being done the other 364 days of the year to safeguard the planet’s future?

In a warming world, the planet’s ecosystems are under attack, from clean water to a stable climate. Now, environmental pioneers, around the globe, are trying unique and innovative ways to save the Earth.

The Awesome Episode (Awesome Foundation Panel)

The word “awesome” has become an almost ubiquitous adjective for describing everything from the latest trending YouTube video to life-changing moments.

But some ideas are simply, well, just awesome.