Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, advocates women’s rights by using the power of social impact film to influence media and culture. We carry out our mission with a free streaming archive of international women’s rights based films, our annual online film festival, educational programs, screening events, our digital publication, multimedia workshops and trainings, and a film fiscal sponsorship program.
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).
WVN curates an exclusive and unique archive of 200+ films from around the world. By providing alternative films produced by citizen journalists, activists, and professional filmmakers, the archive educates audiences on global women’s rights issues not found in mainstream media outlets, as well as stories that often face censorship.
The annual Women’s Voices Now Online Film Festival recognizes and celebrates social impact documentary films highlighting women in film and women’s rights issues. Films selected to compete in the festival are judged by a panel of expert jurors. The winning films are available for viewing online during Women’s Month (March), making for a 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.
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 empathy and awareness of women’s rights issues and to provide clear channels of action to advance global women’s rights.
If you are interested in coordinating a program, click here.
Workshops and Trainings
WVN offers multimedia workshops to women experiencing homelessness, men, and underrepresented youth. Offerings include: creative workshops; the “Be A Male Ally” Online Course and the “Walk It Like I Talk It” male ally workshop; and a summer intensive social-impact filmmaking training for femme-identifying youth, ages 14-22, in cooperation with GlobalGirl Media.
If you are interested in organizing a workshop or want to learn more, please contact us.
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 works produced by filmmakers, worldwide, that advocate women’s rights. Whether you are a female filmmaker or a filmmaker making a film about women, Women’s Voices Now wants to help.
For more information, please visit our Fiscal Sponsorship page.
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.