All Eyes on London: The Global Summit to End Sexual Violence In Conflict

Bukeni will join hundreds of activists, NGO and government representatives and media to discuss concrete actions towards promoting justice for survivors of sexual violence.

An Interview with Yemeni Blogger and Women’s Rights Advocate Noon Arabia

An interview covering how she got started as a blogger, the issues that are most important to her, and a new crop Yemeni women bloggers.

The Human Rights Video Weekly: Cambodia To See Another Wave of Mass Protests

This week we’re watching for major protests in Cambodia, creative protests in Saudi Arabia, and documentation of human rights violations in the Western Sahara and Brazil.

Saudi Arabia: Videos Challenge a Ban on Women Driving and Gather Support for Change

By driving, and agreeing to have this act film, Saudi women are resisting the restriction on women’s rights for one of the most basic and essential tasks of life—getting around.

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.

International Women’s Day Sees Sparse Progress in Ending Impunity

On March 8th, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. It’s a somber celebration, though: despite progress in some areas, more must be done to end impunity for perpetrators of gender-based violence.

One Million Men. One Million Promises. One Million Videos.

Men are joining the movement against violence against women like never before. The One Million Men. One Million Promises campaign is unifying their voices, and using video to amplify them.

16 Days Series: Systems of Impunity – Gender-Based Violence in the USA

As a citizen of a nation that’s infamous for policing other countries’ human rights abuses, I rarely examine the abuses enabled by the discriminatory structures of the United States criminal justice system. So when I was asked to compile a video playlist for WITNESS’s participation in the global campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, I began to think about the lack of introspection amongst Western voices critical of gender-based 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.

#ImHere – THE CALL: A Choice No Mother Should Face

Imagine dropping your child off at school every day, afraid that you won’t be back at pick-up time. Imagine staying with a violent partner because calling the cops could tear you away from your kids. Imagine arranging for a neighbor to take care of your children in case you disappear — which could happen any time. Tough to imagine? This is reality for millions of immigrant women in the United States.

“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.

Video Advocacy Example: New Voices in Sex Workers’ Rights Activism

As advances in technology democratize the media field, its makers are becoming more and more diverse, presenting a prime opportunity for traditional advocates to become facilitators and traditional “victims” to become actors in advocacy scenarios.

Rural Women and Girls of Eastern Congo Seek Justice as World Celebrates International Women’s Day

Today the world celebrates the 101st International Women’s Day (begun in 1911). This year’s theme, declared by the United Nations, is “Empower Rural Women – End Hunger and Poverty,” as highlighted in this message from the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon.

Videos Critique (Un)Democratic Election and Educate Voters in Yemen

Earlier this month, I spent some time in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. Last year I spent four months covering the pro-democracy movement that has forced the three decade old despot, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to hand over power to his deputy and current vice president, Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi.

Educator, Filmmaker, and Activist Nuala Cabral Takes On Street Harrassment

A few weeks ago I was fortunate to sit in a dark room with the inspirational and multifaceted collection of voices that make up the Media that Matters Film Festival. Showcasing its 11th premiere this year, Arts Engine’s annual screening curates diverse independent films and shorts which jump start thought, conversation, and action – a celebration of video for change in its many shapes and sizes.