Women's Voices Now Fact Sheet
Women’s Voices Now (WVN) is a Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2010 on the idea that women’s voices and their struggle for equality around the world should be amplified. Furthermore, film can bring awareness to girls’ and women’s rights issues while forming and mobilizing a community committed to action.
This was the vision of founder and seed-funder Leslie Sacks that sparked WVN’s first project: Women’s Voices from the Muslim World: A Short-Film Festival. Sadly, after a decade-long battle with cancer, Mr. Sacks died in 2013, but his untiring quest for justice lives on in WVN’s mission.
WVN strives to challenge gender-based stereotypes, change mindsets, and shift culture in favor of women’s rights globally. Specifically, we work to address the mis- and underrepresentation of women and girls, especially women and girls of color, in front of and behind the camera through three core programs:
- The WVN Online Film Festival promotes female and femme-identifying filmmakers creating films about women’s and girls’ rights. Since 2011, we have awarded $108k in cash prizes, received 825+ film submissions from 80+ countries, and reached audiences in 178 countries.
- Girls’ Voices Now is our Los Angeles-based youth development through filmmaking program. This program empowers girls and femme-identifying youth from under-resourced communities to find, develop, and use their voices for positive social change through filmmaking. Since 2018, Girls’ Voices Now has served 70 girls from under-resourced communities and overseen the production of their 12 short films, which have been selected and awarded in 48 film festivals, and watched by over 522,000+ online viewers thanks to our partnerships with Here Media, Kanopy, UN Women, and UN #HeforShe Campaign.
- Voices for Change is our free online film collection advocating for women’s rights. The collection currently hosts 200+ films in 40+ languages, and spreads awareness of salient women’s rights issues around the globe.