GWEN Stands in Solidarity with One Billion Rising Campaign to End Violence Against Women

Posted by GWEN
Posted on May 31, 2013

One in three women will be raped or beaten in her lifetime.  That is one billion women — all of whom are daughters, mothers, wives, sisters, partners, or grandmothers.

Yesterday was a day to be remembered – on this Valentine’s Day, women from around the globe took up the cause of ending sexual violence.  From London to Los Angeles to Johannesburg, street exhibitions, dance performances, and musical rallies were all held under the slogan “One Billion Rising.”

Thousands danced in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Philippines. San Francisco saw flash mobs that drew people with eye-catching outbursts of dance and theatrics.  In Germany, events in 126 cities highlighted how sexual violence is dealt with in the criminal system.  A parliamentary debate in the UK focused on sex and relationship education in schools.  Hundreds of women and men marched through streets in Afghanistan.  In Somalia, more than 300 women gathered in Wardhigley district, an area of Mogadishu governed by a woman, to dance and listen to poetry.  About 600 people danced and sang in one of the five events in Egypt.

Urging people to join the One Billion Rising campaign, Indian musician Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the late sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar, revealed in a video this week that she had been the victim of sexual violence.

As reported in the Huffington Post, Shankar stated, “As a child, I suffered sexual and emotional abuse for several years at the hands of a man my parents trusted implicitly,” she said.  “Growing up like most women I know, I suffered various forms of groping, touching and verbal abuse… that I didn’t know how to deal with. … And as a woman I find that I’m frequently living in fear, afraid to walk alone at night … and you know, enough is enough … so join me.  Let’s rise together.”

Awareness raising initiatives, such as One Billion Rising, are essential.  GWEN stands in solidarity with the men and women around the globe who are creating connections across demographic and organizational differences.  February 14 was just the beginning — it is only through a truly global, concerted effort that we can hope to end this violence and discrimination and achieve the change needed to ensure no girl growing up has to live in fear.

Tell Your Story by clicking this link and join the growing movement of women and men who are coming together to transform lives beyond abuse.


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GWEN “Girl Rising” Screening Played to Packed House

Posted by GWEN
Posted on May 26, 2013

  • On May 13 GWEN hosted a private screening of the film “Girl Rising,” a powerful and innovative new feature film by Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbin that tells the stories of nine girls from around the world who face, and overcome, unbelievable obstacles on the path toward getting an education.  Each girl’s story was written by an author and is narrated by a cast of great actresses, including Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, and others.  The film is the centerpiece of 10×10, a global campaign to educate and empower girls.

The evening was magical.  The film played to a packed house at the Laemmle Music Hall in Beverly Hills.  An enthusiastic audience, ranging in age from seven to 87 years, was joined by groups, such as the Million Mama’s Movement and Agape International Spiritual Community.  Brimming with hope, promise and ideas,, the audience left the event inspired to put these good thoughts into action and help make a difference for women and girls seeking a better life.

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American Idol Michelle Delamor, singer/songwriter Max Schneider and Lizzie Sider, the teen singer songwriter who has been selected by CMA as an “Artist to Watch” in 2013 each performed and rocked the house to a standing ovation.

Additionally, we had the wonderful “purple carpet” experience, highlighted by our GWENNetwork host Remington and a photo booth where guests had the opportunity to take fun pictures.

Please stay tuned for our next private screening of “Girl Rising” In the meantime, here’s your opportunity to join forces next month with GWEN to help make a difference for women and girls around the world.

On the evening of June 16 GWEN is launching GWEN@Home house parties where people around the country will host in-home screenings of “Girl Rising’s” television debut on CNN. So start getting the invites out for your GWEN@Home June 16 event and we’ll send you information and tool kits so you can host a successful and informative gathering for your friends and family.

GWEN is partners with an exciting new docu-series called “The Empowerment Project”

Posted by GWEN
Posted on May 20, 2013

GWEN is partnered with an exciting new docu-series called “The Empowerment Project” which involves an all female film crew traveling across the US for a month interviewing ten inspirational women in a variety of career fields to create positive role models for girls and women everywhere.

This project is created and run by business partners and best friends Sarah Moshman and Dana Michelle Cook. Together they started Heartfelt Productions and their mission is to inspire and empower women nationwide through documentary. Their project is on the crowd funding site Kickstarter and they are trying to raise $25,000 in a matter of 60 days. They are 50% funded and with less than 3 weeks left so they can use you help! Please donate to their cause and spread the word about this exciting new project that will be sure to keep the feminist conversation moving in this country.

Their first webisode for the series featured in their Kickstarter video includes 2013 Sundance Best Director Winner Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, United States of Tara) as she discusses how women should follow their inner impulse when it comes to directing. Jane Lynch is featured in the full webisode speaking to Jill’s directing expertise as her long time friend and collaborator. Backers of the project have access to the full webisode after donating $25 or more.

Sarah and Dana want to interview ten different women in ten very different career fields to ask questions like: How did you get to where you are? What does it take to be a woman in your position? How do you balance personal life and work life? What were your greatest failures and successes along the way? What advice can you share for other women that strive to be in your shoes? They hope to find a common thread between these powerful women and make their stories and their paths seem more accessible to the younger generation.

In each city that Dana and Sarah visit they want to bring on local aspiring female filmmakers to work with them and learn how to work the equipment and get involved. In addition to that the lady crew will have a behind the scenes element of their journey so people can see what it took to put this series together from start to finish as women, as filmmakers and as friends.

To get involved and donate please visit their site: