Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, uses the medium of film to advocate for global women’s rights. We carry out our mission with our annual online film festival, a free streaming archive of international women’s rights based films, educational programs, screening events, and multimedia workshops.
As a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2017, our work is internationally recognized as impacting the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): increasing good health and well being (SDG3); providing quality education (SDG4); promoting gender equality (SDG5); working toward reduced inequalities (SDG10); establishing peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16); and establishing partnerships to achieve the SDGs (SDG17).
The annual Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival recognizes and celebrates films and filmmakers creating works that address the international struggle for women’s equality from around the world. Films selected to compete in the festival are viewed and voted on by our panel of expert judges as well as by tens of thousands of people online, making for a truly global and inclusive film festival experience. Official festival selections compete for awards, cash prizes, media features, and the opportunity to enter WVN’s film archive.
WVN curates an exclusive and unique archive of 200+ films from citizen journalists and guerrilla and professional filmmakers from around the world. The archive, the “Netflix of feminist films,” provides alternative sources of media and information from activists and filmmakers tackling the social, economic, cultural, and political issues surrounding women’s rights globally. The archive is a free film streaming service.
Educational Screening Programs
WVN Staff regularly coordinates with local and global partners, volunteer students, activists, and individuals to curate films into educational screening packages and curriculum for institutions, organizations, schools, and communities. Film programs are developed with two primary goals: To foster awareness of women’s rights issues and to provide clear channels of action in the global women’s rights movement.
If you are interested in coordinating a program, click here.
The WVoice is WVN’s digital publication. It is a multimedia platform comprising written and (audio)visual works that document international women’s stories, issues, and film projects; educate and foster cross-cultural and societal connections; and promote women’s rights activists and advocacy groups.
Fiscal Sponsorship for Filmmakers
Women’s Voices Now supports, amplifies, and promotes the important work being done by filmmakers worldwide in the realm of women’s rights. Whether you are a female filmmaker or a filmmaker making a film about women, Women’s Voices Now wants to help. WVN offers low-cost fiscal sponsorship to independent producers internationally.
For more information, please visit our Fiscal Sponsorship page.
WVN offers multimedia workshops to underserved communities of women, men, and children, combining films from our international archive with writing, photography, and/or filmmaking curriculum. If you are interested in organizing a workshop or want to learn more, please contact us.
We Believe, Support, and Promote…
▲ that the equality of every human being is innate and immutable and that women are entitled to equal rights and free expression.
▲ that no faith, religion, race, or culture is a basis for one group to claim to be and act superior to another group and that adherents of all faiths have the right to practice, their personal beliefs without fear of persecution.
▲ that the only acceptable intolerance is that which is directed towards intolerance itself.
▲ that violence, or the incitement thereto, is never an acceptable response to the free expression of critical thinking, alternative views, peaceful protests, opposing media, literature, and discussion.
▲ that amplifying women’s voices—and those of the men who support women’s rights—is a guaranteed way to contribute to a more equitable and just world and we invite all those who share our vision, beliefs, and goals to join us.