• The People's Girls at UC Berkeley

    By Holly Wertman

    On April 21, 2016, the first ever screening of the new documentary, The People's Girls, was held at U.C. Berkeley. In coordination with Women's Voices Now, the event was one of the featured events held for Anti-Sexual Assault Month at UC Berkeley, and was funded by the oldest women's collegiate honor society, Prytanean.

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  • IWD2016

    By Kelsey Cherland

    On Sunday, March 6, 2016, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the International Women’s Day celebration hosted by the Iranian Circle of the Women’s Intercultural Network (ICWIN). When I first walked in to The Grand Long Beach Event Center, there was an all-woman mariachi band, Grupo Bella, serenading the 200+ crowd of guests talking and observing the many paintings by local women and Iranian artists*.

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  • Award-Winning Films at The Markaz

    By Kelsey Cherland

    How can you distinguish a group of films that are already considered “distinguished”? Heidi, Molly, and I considered the qualities among the winning films from our second film festival, Women Bought & Sold: Voices United Against Violence. To experience the films at a deeper level, we organized our films thematically.

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  • WVN at VCU School of World Studies

    By Women's Voices Now

    On April 29, 2013, WVN Executive Director Heidi Basch-Harod delivered a guest lecture to a course on Arab Cinema at the Virginia Commonwealth School (VCU) of World Studies. At the invitation of Asst. Prof. Salwa Sheibany, Basch-Harod addressed the classroom on the basic tenets of Women’s Voices Now and its promotion of free expression through film, writing, and the arts.

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  • Child Brides in Afghanistan

    By Molly Lower

    On November 19, Women’s Voices Now co-hosted with the International MA in Middle Eastern Studies program at Tel Aviv University a screening and group discussion on child marriage in Afghanistan. As part of an international gender-based violence awareness campaign, the screening sought to inform this year’s students about the complicated causes and ramifications of child marriage. 

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  • Women's Com. EĞetim Sen-Kadiköy Branch

    By Heidi Basch-Harod

    Getting off the ferry at the Kadiköy Station on the Asian side of Istanbul, we went in search of a building 50 meters from the Deniz Hotel, looking for a sign with the acronym KESK. Distracted from the smells of roasting meats and vegetables, perfumeries selling orange-scented fragrances, and throngs of people shopping and socializing on this early Friday evening, we managed to focus enough to find our destination point.

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  • İlksen and Ece

    By Women's Voices Now

    Without the help of these passionate, reliable, and talented individuals, our global tour experience in Istanbul would not have been as fruitful, interesting, and exciting. Special thanks goes to İlksen Bostancı and Ece Budak for all of their support, assistance, and planning of the last leg of the WVN 2013 Global Tour.

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  • War and Woman

    By Gülseren Tekin, Diyarbakır Women’s Assembly, Summary of the Statement

    (Read by İlksen Bostancı)

    The coldness of war has been inside of us, hurting and smelling of blood. Over the centuries, societies have been fighting each other over land, power, and wealth. In these times of war and always, women are the ones who give birth, give life, but it is women who are killed and raped.

    Is the violence of war in our genes? And the violence against women and children, the massacre, why?

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  • Disgruntled Audience, Embarassed Staff

    By Women's Voices Now

    “Where was this film made?” our translator Ece whispered. “The accent is strange…”

    As the opening scene of "In the Morning" progressed, the serious subject matter of honor killing and rape was met with a couple of stifled laughs at the accent of the “Turkish” people in the film. We were intrigued.

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  • Honor and Justice in Turkey

    By Women's Voices Now

    WVN kicks off its first day of Exploring Honor, Justice, and Women's Rights in Turkey Conference at Marmara University, Göztepe Campus, Istanbul, Turkey. The panel discussion, moderated by Professor Ayşe N. Durakbaşar, included Assistant Professor Dr. Aylin Akpınar and Dr. Zeynep Beşpınar. All were from the Sociology Department at Marmara University.

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  • Saturday Mothers

    By Heidi Basch-Harod

    At our Saturday symposium, the founders of Saturday Mothers will join us and deliver a speech. The history of this brave organization began and the inspiring and determined group of women and men involved began 28 years ago.

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  • Honor and Justice in Turkey

    By Tas Anjarwalla and Elyse Whitehead

    As Turkey continues to strive to establish itself as a modern state, like many contemporary Muslim-majority societies, success is often met with certain backlash pertaining to age-old conflict and tradition. For the citizens of Turkey and the Muslim World, alike, women are impacted in a unique manner. Women's Voices Now screened "In the Morning" and "Saturday Mothers of Turkey" as part of its Honor and Justice conference in Turkey.

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