Program: Specials and Documentaries
Airing Sundays at 6 p.m.
This month we’re airing programs that examine critical issues in international affairs and U.S. foreign policy
June 7 – Saving Innocence: The Global Fight to End Child Marriage
UNICEF reports there are 250 million women worldwide who were married before they turned 15. Now, lawmakers, NGOs, and world leaders are banding together to end the practice. America Abroad travels to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nepal, and Pakistan to talk to individuals and organizations working to change laws and change minds about child marriage. We also talk to Mabel van Oranje, the founder of Girls Not Brides, who aim to end child marriage in one generation.
June 14 – Burma at the Crossroads
This fall, Burma is scheduled to hold a historic presidential election. But with ongoing persecution of ethnic minorities and many other human rights issues, many wonder if it is ready for true reform. On this episode of America Abroad, we examine the history, politics, and promise of this nation in transition.
June 21 – Defining Islamic Feminism
Many things need to happen in the Middle East to bring stability to the region. But one of the most important is elevating the role of women. In this program we’ll visit Egypt, where we learn how one of the world’s most influential centers of Islamic study is squaring its teachings with the changing status of women. In Morocco, we’ll go to a courthouse where recent changes to Muslim family law are making it easier for women. And in the United States, we’ll learn how one progressive Muslim feminist is expressing herself and her religion in a surprising way – with comedy.
June 28 – Countering Violent Extremism: An International Town Hall
To discuss how the US and Europe are addressing the unprecedented recruitment effort by the Islamic State, while preserving civil liberties and trust with Muslim communities, America Abroad teamed up with NPR Berlin for a LIVE town hall event, bringing together audiences at WHYY in Philadelphia and the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, Germany.