FILM OF THE MONTH: State of Women

March 1, 2019

Photo by Neus Herrera
By Cecília Tümler

It’s women’s history month and to celebrate women everywhere, we’ve chosen our WHY WOMEN? film State of Women as our film of the month!

State of Women, introduces you to strong women working towards the implementation,protection and promotion of human rights in different stages of transnational advocacy networks. Much of the movie is filmed by the women themselves, allowing them to tell their own stories.

The film introduces you to multiple women all working in their own way towards the realization of gender equality. One such woman is Sonita, a young Afghani rapper, who draws on her experience to create music which raises awareness of child marriage. “Let me scream, I'm tired of being silent” (بذارین داد بزنم،از سکوت خسته شدم),  she raps. Another, Ria Sharma, we meet during her fight to protect acid-attack victims and prevent further attacks as the founder of the non-profit Make Love not Scars. The film also follows the lives of Sarian Kamara, a campaigner against female genital mutilation, Li Ting Ting, a Chinese feminist activist, Helle Thorning Schmidt, former CEO of save the children and former Danish prime minister, The Warning, an all-female rock band, and May Arzaga, a midwife working in the Philippines. The stories of these women form a rich narrative tapestry which highlights the inter-connectivity of struggles for gender equality across different parts of the globe.

State of Women is a celebration of intersectional feminism around the world, a fitting tribute to the rich history of International Women’s Day. The first National Women’s Daywas observed in in the United States in 1909, to honour the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. The following year, the Socialist International held a meeting in Copenhagen and officially established an International Women’s day to honour the movement for women’s rights and build support for universal suffrage for women. Ever since, International Women’s Day has been a day where women work towards creating meaningful change around the world. We’re proud to feature State of Women on this day as we work towards a world in which gender equality is realized around the world.

You can find the full film under the 'Watch Films' section on our website, or HERE on our YouTube channel.

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