A Film on Gender Equality
by Claire Wasserman
A woman cuts the clothes off of her body, another woman cuts her hair. So goes the films of Women’s Voices Now. A film educational nonprofit, Women’s Voices Now (WVN) aims to empower women and give voice to the struggle for civil, economic, and political rights. WVN creates platforms from which women of all faiths and backgrounds can tackle the issues of social justice with an international audience. Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival is WVN’s response to the critical global focus on women’s rights in Muslim-majority countries.
WVN Executive Director Catinca Tabacaru notes: “There is a need to elevate the dialogue, to add complexity and nuance to a discussion that reveals countless conflicts between religion and politics, tradition and modernity, and written versus practiced civil norms.” The medium of film, specifically short-film available on the Internet, allows for the broadest possible reach into even the most remote areas of the world. Ms. Tabacaru expands: “We’re connecting people around the world to women with whom they ordinarily would not have contact. WVN is creating a community which demands gender equality.”
To find out more visit: Women’s Voices Now (WVN)