The U.S. Agency for International Development is co-sponsoring the production of documentary films promoting gender empowerment and helping prevent violence against women worldwide.
CARE USA and nongovernmental organizations on the ground will disseminate the films and integrate them in existing projects related to health, education, gender-based violence, economic opportunity and leadership. This is all part of a global development alliance called Women and Girls Lead Global announced June 18 by USAID, Ford Foundation and Independent Television Service.
The project builds on the work of Women and Girls Lead, a media campaign spearheaded by the Ford Foundation and ITVS showcasing stories of women and girls around the globe who have overcome their dire circumstances and made better their lives for themselves. The documentary films are shown in the United States as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America, with total viewership of 100 million.
“Women and Girls Lead Global will drive real change — amplifying the voices of women and girls through captivating stories while offering media makers’ unique new ways to connect with the people working on the front lines of these pressing issues,” Orlando Bagwell, director of Ford Foundation’s JustFilms Initiative, said in a press release.
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