Women's Voices Now Quick Fact Sheet

Welcome to the Women’s Voices Now (WVN) quick fact sheet. We are 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, in front of and behind the camera, through three core programs:

  • The WVN Online Film Festival promotes emerging filmmakers creating films about girls’ and women’s rights. Since 2011, we have received film 1070+ submissions from 85+ countries and awarded $130,000 in cash prizes to filmmakers.
  • Girls’ Voices Now is our Los Angeles-based youth development through filmmaking program. This program empowers the next generation of youth from under-resourced communities to find, develop, and use their voices for social change through filmmaking. Since 2018, Girls’ Voices Now has served 94 girls from under-resourced communities and overseen the production of their 25 short films, seen by over 1.8 million viewers, and won a Daytime Emmy!
  • Voices for Change is our free online film collection advocating for women’s rights. The collection currently hosts 200+ films in 40+ languages, and has attracted 20 million+ viewers in 195 countries.

UN Economic and Social Council.

Since 2017, we hold special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Our work is internationally recognized as impacting six of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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