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THE WHY FOUNDATION is a charitable organization that supports sustainable development by securing free access to reliable information for everyone. We produce and distribute documentary & multimedia content about human rights, democracy, justice and equality. Our documentaries are used in schools, community screenings and brought to citizens at large through our growing network of 70+ public service television stations in 191 countries.

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A Woman Captured screened at the British Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria

December 18, 2018

 Last week, A Woman Captured - one of the six WHY SLAVERY? films - was screened at the British Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria, following a similar screening in Beijing.

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THE WHY hosts human rights event at UN City

December 13, 2018

The 10th of December marked the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.The Why was invited to host a screening of the WHY SLAVERY? Film Maid in Hell, followed by a debate on modern slavery, which is explicitly included in article 4 of the declaration: No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

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Screening at Mwanga Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo

December 4, 2018

The Why organised a WHY SLAVERY? screening at the Mwanga Institute in the Democratic Republic of Congo in collaboration with COSCAE, La Coalition des Organisations de la Société Civile Anti-Esclavagistes (The Coalition of Anti-Slavery Civil Society Organisations).

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