Angelina Jolie Agrees, Their Voices Matter

What did Angelina Jolie notice in Our Voices Matter? Hint: It’s why WITNESS is releasing a guide on ethical interviews with survivors of sexual violence.

16 Days Series: Revealing Rape – How to Illustrate a Crime

Women describe their rapes from behind black face scarves in videos on our site that documents sexualized violence in Syria. We have no photos of women whose faces aren’t covered. We have few photos of survivors of rape even with their faces covered. Sometimes these women hide themselves for religious reasons or for safety—for fear of retribution for speaking out—but oftentimes they cover themselves out of mortification. Rape has taken their cultural purity.

“Half the Sky,” or Half the Story?

I was disturbed by PBS’s new film, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women. The two-part series is inspired by the 2010 book of the same name written by New York Times reporter Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Accompanied by high profile celebrities, Kristof takes viewers on a tour of the dangers that women face in the developing world.

Linking Women’s Personal Stories of Abuse to Policy Education in Nepal

In commemoration of the global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, we are highlighting activists and organizations who are using the power of video in their campaigns to address gender-based violence through a series of guest posts. Read previous posts in this series.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and Support our Partners

This month, we’ve been looking back at WITNESS’ past work with grassroots partners on women’s rights as part of our ongoing celebration of the International Women’s Day Centenary and Women’s History Month.

March Video Sale: Support Women’s Rights

Last week, I highlighted two videos that are part of our ongoing celebration of the International Women’s Day Centenary and Women’s History Month. Throughout March we are looking back at WITNESS’ past work with grassroots partners on women’s rights by spotlighting five videos, available in our Web Store (DVD) and on ReFrame (video-on-demand).

Our March DVD Sale: Spotlight on Women’s Rights Videos

As part of our ongoing celebration of the International Women’s Day Centenary and Women’s History Month, throughout March we will look back at WITNESS’ past work with grassroots partners on women’s rights by spotlighting five videos from our Web Store.

Precarious Progress: Women Peacemakers Conference

Last week from September 29-October 1, I was able to attend the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice’s “Precarious Progress: UN Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security” working conference aimed at examining the progress made by recent UN Security Council Resolutions regarding women and armed conflict.