After watching Half the Sky it opened my eyes to the various ways women are treated in different countries. Through forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and female genital mutilation, women are oppressed around the world. All of these issues are extremely harmful and need to be stopped; however, I believe that female genital mutilation was the hardest one to accept and watch. Before watching this movie, I had heard a little about female genital mutilation, or FGM. I believed that it was part of their religious beliefs as to why they practiced such a harsh custom. Since watching the movie, I learned that this was not the case. I believe that we need to take more of a stand against FGM. It is very hard to oppose another culture, but when it is harming innocent women and children more needs to be done. The question however, is what can we do as Americans?