For the last 16 days, Women and Girls Lead joined its partners for 16 Days of Action, a campaign organized to help eliminate gender-based violence. While Monday marked the 16th and final day, we can all take a look back at the social footprint of this great 2012 campaign, which focused on the effects of militarism on women and girls.
From November 25 to December 10, Women and Girls Lead joins its partners in 16 Days of Action to eliminate gender-based violence. The 2012 global campaign focuses on the effects of militarism on women and girls.
Violence against women and girls is a global crisis that cuts across all countries, classes and cultures, touching the lives of women and girls in every community. According to the United Nations, approximately one out of every three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Violence prevention is a central issue in the Women and Girls Lead campaign and many of our partners. Each year, we join efforts in a 16-day, all-out activism blitz to put gender-based violence into the public spotlight.
The 16 Days of Action to eliminate violence against women kicks off on November 25th, International Day for the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, and ends on December 10th, Human Rights Day. More than four thousand organizations from 172 countries have participated in the campaign since it launched at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers in 1991. Women and Girls Lead is one of them, offering films that amplify the stories of survivors and educate the public about the factors that contribute to violence. Continue reading
In the Israeli Arab village of Tamra, in Galilee, eight widows challenge social conventions and establish the Azka Pickle Cooperative, seeking financial independence for themselves and their children. With little formal education and no work experience outside of the home, the women face endless hurdles in expanding their business start-up–while their personal lives reflect the joys and sadness of family weddings, bereavement, and loneliness. Continue reading
Women & Girls Matter is a day-long summit featuring panels and workshops on the obstacles and opportunities facing women and girls in filmmaking and new media. The event takes place on October 29, 2011 in New York.
The Women & Girls Matter event will include a day of panels and workshops presented by Media That Matters. The summit is designed to look at the obstacles and opportunities for women and girls in filmmaking and new media, highlighting the values women bring to their work, and to open up a dialogue for ways to create new spaces for female voices in the field.
The day focuses on the needs of women in film and will conclude with concrete actions for participants to take in order to help bring the voices of women and girls out of the margins and into the mainstream.
Women & Girls Matter takes place on October 29 in New York City. For more information, click here >>
You can register for the event online at womenandgirlsmatter.eventbrite.com >>
Women, War & Peace — the first installment from the Women and Girls Lead campaign — is a new five-part series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The program premieres tonight at 10 PM on PBS (check local listings).
The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. Women, War & Peace by Abigail Disney, Gini Reticker, and Pamela Hogan, reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties. Yet they are simultaneously emerging as necessary partners in brokering lasting peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
With narration by Matt Damon, Geena Davis, Tilda Swinton and Alfre Woodard; Women, War & Peace spotlights the stories of women in conflict zones from Bosnia to Afghanistan and Colombia to Liberia, placing women at the center of an urgent dialogue about conflict and security, and reframing our understanding of modern warfare. Women, War & Peace premieres Tuesdays, October 11, 18, 25 and November 1 and 8 at 10 PM on PBS (check local listings).
Watch the trailer after the jump >>
On Thursday, September 29, 4:30PM PT / 6:30PM CT / 7:30PM ET— ITVS Community Cinema, Ladies Home Journal, THIRTEEN, and Fork Films will present an exclusive online preview screening of Women War & Peace on ITVS’s Livestream channel in advance of its television premiere on PBS. The film is the first broadcast in ITVS’s Women and Girls Lead initiative.
On Thursday, September 29, 6:30 PM CT, ITVS Community Cinema, Ladies Home Journal, THIRTEEN, and Fork Films will present an exclusive online screening of Women War & Peace on ITVS’s Livestream channel in advance of its television premiere on PBS.
The screening will be followed by an online panel discussion with producer Abigail E. Disney and director Gini Reticker. Online participants will receive an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their reactions to the selected scenes with the filmmakers to learn how women, despite suffering unprecedented casualties, are simultaneously emerging as critical partners in brokering peace and as leaders in forging new international laws governing conflict.
The half hour online screening will feature Women, War & Peace Episode 3: Peace Unveiled. When the U.S. troop surge was announced in late 2009, women in Afghanistan knew that the ground was being laid for peace talks with the Taliban. Peace Unveiled follows three women who immediately began to organize to make sure that women’s rights don’t get traded away in the deal. Narrated by Tilda Swinton, Peace Unveiled premieres October 25, 2011 at 10 PM ET on PBS.
On Thursday, September 15, Meridian, ITVS, and CPB, celebrated the launch of the Council on Women’s Leadership and shared a special preview of the Women and Girls Lead campaign. The focus of the evening was to raise awareness about the role of women and girls around the world, with a particular emphasis on women as leaders and agents of change.
Emmy Award-winning documentary from Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio takes a disarming look into the lives of teenage girls, working to shape their identities in the ’90s. Girls Like Us streams free until Friday, August 26 as part of ITVS’s Indies Showcase.
An ethnically diverse group of four working class girls strut, flirt, and testify in this vibrant, affecting portrait of teenage girls’ experiences of sexuality. Filmed in South Philadelphia and following its subjects from the ages of 14 to 18, Girls Like Us reveals the conflicts of growing up female by examining the impact of class, sexism, and violence on the dreams and expectations of young girls.
By Sally Jo Fifer
ITVS President and CEO Sally Jo Fifer announces the Women and Girls Lead campaign — a major public media initiative that uses independent films to focus, educate, and connect audiences in support of women and girl’s leadership and development around the world.
It’s no secret that the competitive sea in which ITVS and independent filmmakers paddle is not getting any calmer. Over the last year, more than 1,000 proposals came to us for funding. The Sundance Film Festival received 841 documentary submissions. Public broadcasting is grappling with marketplace and demographic challenges. New metrics and “theory of change” frameworks have shifted foundations’ approaches to individual films. The public clicks like crazy between 120 television channels and 300 million websites vying for their attention — and that same public flunks miserably at any basic test of civic knowledge.
By Celia Richa, Family Violence Prevention Fund
Far too many women and girls around the world are trafficked into sex slavery, attacked as they attend school, and endure violence in the home or rape as a weapon of war.