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Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in Yemen

Share the experiences and accomplishments of the female primary health care and social relations in their coastal plains community of Yemen. These twenty women have transformed a dormant facility into a thriving health center, which includes former social outcasts and slaves - as both health care recipients and health care providers. The documentary features the murshidat speaking out on their changing roles, identities and aspirations as Muslim women. Follow the women on their home visits and in the maternal and Child Health Center where they provide prenatal care, do routine deliveries, immunizations, infant growth monitoring and family planning. Delores M. Walters, Ph.D.. in Anthropology, collaborated with the murshidat in making this video, which is based on research she has conducted in Yemen since the 1980's. (English voice-over)

Kheturni Bayo: North Indian Farm Women

Examines the roles and duties of the women in a typical extended family of land-owning peasants in Gujarat, India. Most village women have little choice but to enter into arranged marriages that restrict them to child bearing and domestic work. However, the feelings of affection developed from working and living together, combined with the memories of close family ties to distant kin provided by dowry embroidery, offer the women an opportunity for a tolerable and even joyous life. Produced by Sharon Wood.

Murshidat: Female Primary Health Care Workers Transforming Society in Yemen (Arabic Version)

Share the experiences and accomplishments of the female primary health care and social relations in their coastal plains community of Yemen. These twenty women have transformed a dormant facility into a thriving health center, which includes former social outcasts and slaves - as both health care recipients and health care providers. The documentary features the murshidat speaking out on their changing roles, identities and aspirations as Muslim women. Follow the women on their home visits and in the maternal and Child Health Center where they provide prenatal care, do routine deliveries, immunizations, infant growth monitoring and family planning. Delores M. Walters, Ph.D.. in Anthropology, collaborated with the murshidat in making this video, which is based on research she has conducted in Yemen since the 1980's.

Women, Men, and Media: Media and the Family -- Scapegoats and Realities

This series of panel discussions is a function of the Women, Men, and Media organization, a research and outreach project examining and monitoring gender issues in the newspaper, magazine, broadcast, and film industries. The organization is chaired by Betty Friedan and Nancy Woodhull, with Marlene Sanders as program director. In the first discussion, a panel of journalists, politicians, and educators takes a look at media coverage of the "family values" issue in the 1992 presidential campaign.

Domestic Violence: The Other Side of the River

Price represents home viewing only. If needed classroom, please reference stock #05042 An original drama that explores the pressing issue of domestic abuse, The reality-based drama written by Carol Schafer, Ph.D., associate professor of theatre and women's studies at Penn State Beaver campus, and Grace Coleman, executive director of Crisis Center North in Pittsburgh. Initially created as a theatrical stage presentation to help educate the public about the dynamics of domestic abuse, to give voice to the experiences of women and to reach those currently experiencing violence. The program was produced and directed in the PSPB studios by Jerry Sawyer.

Everyday Violence

Highlights the close relationship between the imagery of sexuality and that of violence, and suggests that heterosexual stereotypes of the dominant male and the submissive female (reinforced in films, magazines, and advertising) often promote a harmfuland violent approach to sexual relationships. Demonstrates how nonverbal communication establishes and perpetuates patterns of control. From the Changing Experience of Women series. Produced by Frances Berrigan and the BBC for the British Open University.

Of Grace and Steel

Explores a summer training camp for women who practice the unique spiritual discipline of American Sikhs, a tradition that originated in India 500 years ago. The purpose of the camp is to help women achieve dignity, divinity, and grace, thought by theSikhs to be the proper foundation for society. Raises questions about preparation for violence as part of a commitment to peace, about women as "superwomen," and about the choice to live one's life in a highly defined religious community. Produced by Phyllis Jeroslow.

Pakistan - Seeing Through the Veil

Khawar Mumtaz, one of the founders of the Shirkat Gah, an organization that encourages women to actively participate in their socio-economic development, addresses the difficulties Pakistani women encounter on a daily basis. By working with people to overcome their prejudices and taboos, Khawar is educating women on how they can become more in control of their own lives through the education of women's rights. Produced by Judithe Bizot.

India - Daughter of the Earth

Vandana Shiva, an Indian physicist and feminist, works with community action groups against the degradation to the environment. Vandana joined "Chipko", a group of Himalayan women working to save the forest after she witnessed the destruction caused in one of her favorites spots in the Himalayan forest. In India, "Chipko" has marked a reawakening of an ecological consciousness that is as old as the Indian civilization itself, except now it is a force in which ordinary women define the issues. Produced by Judithe Bizot.

Costa Rica - Homes, Not Slums

Marta Trejos is Executive Director of "CEFEMINA" - the Feminist Information and Action Center, and Coordinator of the "Women and the Environment" movement in Central America. Marta led an extraordinary experiment with a group of women under the slogan: "Homes, not slums". The purpose of this movement was to prevent anymore "shanty-towns" from being erected, and to build a more improved way of housing with a school and a dispensary nearby. Mothers also wanted their children to play in safety and they wanted jobs. In every aspect of this tremendous task, women undertook the construction of their own homes; from the organization of volunteers to managing the supply of materials. Produced by Judithe Bizot.

Mali - A Woman of the Sahel

In the local communities of Mali, Aminata Traore struggles for self-improvement of the local people and protection of the environment. Aminata is emphasizing the importance of hygiene education and management of the water supplies by illustrating the importance of proper removal of household wastes. Educated women, mostly young mothers, bought two trucks to go around the village of Bamako to collect household wastes, and to provide an opportunity for the women to get together and discuss openly such topics as family planning, female circumcision, polygamy-topics which African women are not accustomed to discuss openly- while helping the environment in the village. produced by Judithe Bizot.

Cuba - Women and Fidel

Some say the Revolution in Cuba has made their lives better; others disagree. In this film, we discover the bases of these womens fidelity. We discover Cuba, Fidel, joys and difficulties of a Cubans daily life. The women speak freely about their lives, hopes, and how they see their country in the future-after Fidel. produced by Judithe Bizot.

Herstories - 1- Mother, Black, Christian Woman; 2- Not Just A Nobody; 3- A Remarkable Endowment; 4- Open Our Eyes; 5- Woman Gotta Do All That; 6- Herstorectomies

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. Individual titles: 1- Mother, Black, Christian Woman; 2- Not Just A Nobody; 3- A Remarkable Endowment; 4- Open Our Eyes; 5- Woman Gotta Do All That; 6- Herstorectomies. Produced by Lisa Marshall and Ermetra Black. ©1975 six programs, 28 minutes each

Herstories Mother, Black, Christian Woman

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #1 of six programs

Herstories A Remarkable Endowment

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #3 of six programs

Herstories Open Our Eyes

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #4 of six programs

Herstories Woman Gotta Do All That

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #5 of six programs

Herstories Herstorectomies

Portraits of five women. An experimental project of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to allow non-professional producers to make documentary films. ©1975 #6 of six programs

One Woman's Voice

Media Sales has partnered with Penn State Public Broadcasting to distribute this newly released student documentary which chronicles the work of Penn State University teacher and poet/activist Dora McQuaid. Showcases McQuaid's efforts to raise awareness of the multiple issues surrounding domestic and sexual violence. The impact of McQuaid's message has been recognized statewide and she is a recent recipient of the The Governor's Pathfinder Survivor/Activist Award 2003. More information is available on the artist's website: http://www.doramcquaid.com

Working and Breast-Feeding: What You Need to Know

Looks briefly at the nutritional advantages of human milk, pumps and their costs, and important issues in the storage of milk. Then presents discussions with a variety of nursing mothers and their spouses, who point out their fears and concerns, difficulties in scheduling time, how they manage to make it work, and the special joys they experience. Produced by the University of Minnesota.

Fun Fearless Female Meet the woman behind Cosmo with Donna Kalajian Lagani

HOMEUSEONLY-Donna Kalajian-Lagani discusses her record-breaking sales at one of the best-selling women's magazine, Cosmopolitan, her journey to the top of the publishing world, and what it means to be a fun fearless female. Donna Kalajian Lagani is senior vice president and publishing director of the Cosmopolitan Group, best known for its publication of Cosmopolitan magazine. Cosmopolitan is the best-selling magazine of its kind and has enjoyed record-breaking earnings under Lagani's supervision. Lagani began her career on Wall Street before making the change to publishing. She has worked for Woman's Day and was the first female-publisher of Ladies' Home Journal. Lagani is a Penn State Alumnus with a degree in business and finance.

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