Today is International Women’s Day and as HRC once said, “women’s rights are human rights, and human rights are women’s rights.” At times it can be emotionally, physically, and mentally draining to keep up the fight for equality—especially in this Black Mirror-esque political climate. Still, it’s important to have tough conversations and work to make progress; no matter how small or irrelevant you feel your impact may be.
Instead of avoiding topics that are hard to discuss, Women’s Voices Now, a 501c3 non-profit, meets them head-on by illuminating women’s rights issues around the world through the medium of film. Through their film archive, their digital publication, The WVoice, and their international month-long online film festival, WVN is making waves and supporting activists and filmmakers alike.
If you’re passionate about women’s rights and want to make a difference, here are some ways to get involved with this generous and inspiring organization.
Watch/Vote on Women’s Rights Films
In celebration of International Women’s Day, Women’s Voices Now has launched their 5th Annual Online Film Festival, running from March 8th – April 8th. This year’s theme, Exposed and Uncovered: The War on Women, highlights female dynamics from Myanmar to LA. You can stream the selected films and vote for your favorites here.
Contribute Articles to The WVoice
WVN supports the free expression of women worldwide and their struggle for civil, economic, political, and gender rights. They have created a platform that connects conscientious art and media creators, activists, filmmakers, audiences, and advocacy organizations. If you have a topic you’d like to write about, check out The WVoice submission guidelines here.
Host A Free Screening
Take advantage of the free access to the WVN film archive and organize a public screening in your city. WVN will help you obtain a public screening license and marketing materials, as well as provide you with a film discussion guide and interviews with the filmmakers. For more information, visit their DIY Screening Events page here.
Make a Tax-Deductible Donation
Support an interconnected and mobilized women’s rights community working together to improve the status of women worldwide. Contributing enables brave filmmakers to keep women’s rights issues in the media spotlight by funding more films and initiatives. Donate to WVN here.