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Greetings member,

Its that time of the year where we are calling for theme suggestions for our popular long documentary project 2014. The long documentary project is part of IAWRT mandate to build the capacities of members in documentary/film making to enhance professional standards of members. You are, therefore, requested to send in your idea(s) before March 21st, 2014 to [email protected].

Once the theme is selected, invitation for proposal will be sent out soonest possible.

An example of a previous theme for a long documentary is “The impact of climate change on women.”

The International Association of Women in Radio and Television, (IAWRT) – USA, in collaboration with IAWRT International will premier its documentary, Hands On: Climate • Women • Change — Women Seeking Solutions, followed by discussions with climate change experts and journalists.

The event will take place on Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Salvation Army Auditorium, 200 E 52nd Street in Manhattan, from 12:30pm to 2:00pm.

Click on the PDF below to read the full press release.

MARCH 8TH, 2014

It may sound like “common sense” to acknowledge the strides women have made on social, political and economic fronts the world over. But, the truth is, the world is still unequal.  Earlier this week, one Member of Parliament in Kenya, while contributing to the Equality bill said, “Inequality anywhere is inequality everywhere.” 

That phrase was the perfect trigger that ushered in the commemoration of the International Women’s Day, 2014 for me.  How equal are women to men even at the lowest level of society? While we acknowledge the progress made towards women’s empowerment and gender equality, we know that it has been painfully slow and uneven. Gender friendly laws and polices are only given attention for political mileage and conformity to international treaties that governments have committed to. But, practically, no thought is given to these commitments and more often; they are the first to renege on. 

The brave and courageous women who have led the way and given us direction inspire us. We celebrate the first trade unionists that initiated this day. We salute the Nobel laureates whose contribution has received world acknowledgement. We applaud the pioneers on all fronts for making us proud. We revel the brave leaders who have ensured policies and laws that empower women.  Hail the mothers who have toiled for their children and endured torture for the children to succeed.  And acclaim the media that gives prominence to all the exclusive stories of women of courage and wisdom because it is in sharing that we inspire change. 

As we rally behind the theme “Inspire Change”, let us remember the 1.3 billion absolutely poor whose majority are women; the one out of every three women who are abused everyday.  Mothers who agonize with reports of child mortality reading 6.6% today plus the millions struggling to feed their children in the face of drought and hunger. 

Let us stand on the right side of history and be counted because we impacted positively and inspired change. 

Happy IWD! 

Racheal Nakitare 

“Sustainable Cities and Women’s Human Rights”

13 March, 2014
6:15 – 7:30 pm

Church Center United Nations,
Second floor (777 UN Plaza &1st Avenue)

Co-sponsored by the NGO CSW Forum 2014, San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, 
and Women’s Intercultural Network and supported by UN Women
Invited Speakers

Welcome remarks: Representative from UN WOMEN

GAVIN NEWSOM, former Mayor of San Francisco and
Lt. Governor of California (video message)

SHIRLEY WELSCH, Mayor of University City, MO

ARACELI CAMPOS, President of the Women’s Commission,
Los Angeles to introduce 
ERIC GARCETTI, Mayor of Los Angeles (video message)

KRISHANTI DHARMARAJ, Executive Director,
IANGEL Representatives of UN Women Safe Cities

EDWIN LEE, Mayor of San Francisco (video message)
followed by discussion on “Cities for CEDAW” Campaign in the US

Moderator: PRAMILA PATTEN, UN CEDAW Committee


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