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One Day on Earth --What Happened on 11/11/11?

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On Nov. 11, 2011, farmers, business owners, nurses and people from all walks of life and backgrounds took a moment to answer one question: “What does it mean for you to have a job?" Their answers were captured for the One Day on Earth project, which asked citizens around the world to help film 24-hours in the human experience. Forty-eight flip cameras provided by One Day on Earth were sent to our World Bank country offices around the globe. So what did people around the world have to say about their work?
Regina Sheriff, who works in Sierra Leone at her own cocoa plantation in Kpandebu village, tries to correct the false notion that “what men can do, women cannot equally do.”

At a World Bank-financed project in the Philippines, Marjorie can buy and sell Balut or boiled fertilized duck egg. The money she makes helps to pay for her children's schooling and things around the house. And in the Krygyz Republic, a seamstress describes how a similar project helps fund her workshop and feed her family. 
Watch a sneak peek above of our filmmakers at work on 11/11/11. This excerpt includes footage from Egypt, Zambia, Thailand, Nepal, Serbia, Romania, Iraq, and many other countries. It’s all from One Day on Earth.
A few facts to leave you with: Worldwide, women make up the majority of unpaid workers. Only 15 percent of landowners and 1in 5 lawmakers in the world are women. One out of every 10 births is from a mother aged 15 to 19 -- almost all of them in developing countries. Violence against women is still widespread. It's time to increase women's economic opportunity and their voice in decision making. It's time to #think EQUAL

Stay tuned for the final World Bank One Day on Earth video in early 2012.

Here are some photos from our One Day on Earth participants from Philippines, Uruguay, and Tanzania. More photos on Facebook

Marjorie shows off the balut she cooks and sells with the help of the Conditional
Cash Transfer Program (also called “4Ps”) in Manila, Philippines.

The Uruguay Country Office interviewed Teresa, a dairy farmer, who benefits from
the Integrated Natural Resources and Biodiversity Management Project.

In Tanzania, Tuzie Mathias Muze, a mango pickle manufacturer, works
on her product.

The One Day on Earth project was founded in 2008 and captured the first 24-hour period last year on October 10, 2010. Learn more about One Day on Earth.