2012 Events

Why Poverty? Online Film Symposium

Online event, free and open to public

Why are 70 percent of the world’s poor women and girls? Experts, filmmakers, and a global audience will come together to discuss this question and others during an online film symposium.

December 12 2012, 11am PT / 2pm ET / 19 UTC : online
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers is leading activities and events in the US and worldwide in support of the 16 Days Campaign, which will continue with the global theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Let’s Challenge Militarism and End Violence Against Women!
November 25 – December 10, 2012 : Worldwide

IMOW Wonder Women

International Museum of Women (IMOW) presents Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines, a conversation with filmmaker Kristy Guevara-Flanagan and writer Trina Robbins. See clips from the film and hear how the “Wonder Woman” TV series became Guevara-Flanagan’s initial inspiration for the documentary.

December 5 2012, 5:30 PM: San Francisco, CA
Solar Mamas Screenings

Free and open to the public

Rafea — a 30-year-old Jordanian mother of four — is traveling outside of her village for the first time to attend a solar engineering program at India's Barefoot College. She will join poor women like her from Guatemala, Kenya, Burkina Faso and Colombia to learn concrete skills to change their communities.

November 2012: nationwide screenings
Women in Film and Television International Summit

Registration required

The WIFTI Summit brings together nearly 40 chapters for an invigorating weekend of panels, seminars, networking and screenings. The gathering enhances global collaborations and presents world-class panels on media production, distribution and financing.

November 30 – December 2, 2012: Washington, DC

Registration required

Screening the segment about education in Vietnam from the mini-series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Includes a special presentation of the curriculum collection based on the series.

November 17, 2012: Las Vegas, NV
Sheryl WuDunn at the 92nd Annual Conference NCSS

Free and open to the public

Screening segments from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and presenting the film's curriculum collection to the National Council for the Social Studies. The event will feature a keynote speech from Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of the book that inspired the film.

November 17 2012, 6:30 – 8 PM: Seattle, WA
Courage in Journalism Awards

Invitation required

It takes courage to report the news in many parts of the world. Each year, the International Women’s Media Foundation honors that courage and promotes the importance of a free press with its Courage in Journalism Awards, the only international awards that recognize the bravery of women journalists.

October 24, 2012: New York & October 29, 2012: Los Angeles, CA
Day of the Girl Virtual Summit

Free online

Join organizations from around the world in celebrating the first International Day of the Girl. The virtual summit brings girls together online to discuss the unique issues that affect girl children and to take up the challenge of advancing their lives and opportunities across the globe. Participating organizations will host online social screenings of the Women and Girls Lead film Shadya.

October 11, 2012 : online
Social Screening with Edna

Free online

Join maternal health expert Edna Adan for a special live chat and online social screening of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Learn more about her inspiring work to decrease maternal mortality in Somaliland and how you can get involved.

October 3 2012 12:30 PM PT / 3:30 PM ET : online
30 Songs / 30 Days

Free online

Legendary and emerging female musicians from around the world have come together to support Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. One song available every day.

September 3 – October 2, 2012 : online
#HalftheSky Live Tweeting

Join celebrities in a live tweet-a-thon during the national broadcast of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Tweet the hashtag #HalftheSky during the broadcast to have your profile picture be included in a special mosaic image from the film.

October 1 & 2, 2012: online

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AWID International Forum

Registration required

Join World Pulse in welcoming award-winning citizen journalists as they inspire audiences across the nation. This fall, three amazing women representing the energy and power of the World Pulse community will come to the US for the first time to lift their voices. These grassroots leaders will reveal how they are using the power of new media and technology to change lives and create solutions on the front lines of today’s most pressing issues.
September 20 – October 5, 2012 : New York, Portland, DC, and Atlanta

Half the Sky

Free and open to the public

This multi-platform project is centered around a four-hour PBS primetime national and international broadcast event based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's widely acclaimed book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

September 2012 : nationwide screenings
WPBT2 Miami in Conversation with Gabrielle Union

Free and open to the public

Featuring a conversation with celebrity activist Gabrielle Union, who will discuss her experiences while filming the education segment in Vietnam for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

September 27 2012, 6:30 – 9 PM: Miami, FL
Ask Me Anything with Nicholas Kristof

Free online

Here's your chance to ask Nicholas Kristof, co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, anything! The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be featured in the AMA section of to talk about his leading role in the new PBS documentary based on the book.

September 24, 2012 : online


Map Your World at Mashable Social Good Summit

Free online

Watch the Summit livestream and interact with the Social Good Summit community via social media with the hashtag #SGSglobal.

September 22 – 24, 2012: Online

Community Cinema Chicago & Agents of Change Expo

Free and open to the public

Previewing segments on gender-based violence and sex-trafficking from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, followed by a panel discussion with leaders from local women's empowerment organizations – including the MacArthur Foundation and the Chicago Foundation for Women – and the Agents of Change Expo.

September 15 2012, 2 – 5 PM: Chicago, IL

Women and Social Change

Free and open to the public

Women and Girls Lead and the Congressional Arts Caucus present two PBS projects to Capitol Hill: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide and MAKERS: Women Who Make America.

September 13 2012, 1 – 3 PM : Washington, DC

Title IX Festival

Free Online

On June 23, 1972, Title IX became law in the US, prohibiting discrimination based on gender in educational programs and activities. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of this historic legislation, look at an area where Title IX had its greatest impact: sports. Watch select films free online to learn about groundbreaking women and girl athletes who defy stereotypes on the field and off. New films and activities will be added throughout the summer.
June 22 – August 26 : online

Strong Social Screening

Online event, free and open to public

STRONG! profiles Cheryl Haworth, the strongest woman in the world for almost a decade. With her Olympic weightlifting career winding down, she wonders what kind of woman she wants to become. Interact with Haworth, filmmaker Julie Wyman, and other viewers in real-time while watching the film online.
August 2 2012, 12pm PST / 3pm EST : online screening


Online event, free and open to public

Young girls whose lives were shattered by the child sex trade describe the day they were abducted as 'the day my god died.' Watch and chat live with the filmmaker Andrew Levine and Kathleen Morris from the International Rescue Committee. Learn what advocates are doing to support survivors–and what you can do to help.
July 11 2012, 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : online screening


by Julie Wyman

Weightlifter Cheryl Haworth struggles to defend her champion status as her lifetime weightlifting career inches towards its inevitable end.
May 2012 : nationwide screenings

The White House Project

Free registration

This month's Go Lead will be facilitated by members of The White House Project's Colorado Leadership Council who will share their expertise in negotiation strategies that get results across sectors.
June 20 2012, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM : Denver, CO

Motherland Afghanistan OVEE

Online event, free and open to public

Login to our free online social screening of Motherland Afghanistan. Watch and chat live with our special guest panelists: Laurette Cucuzza (Reproductive Health Specialist, CEDPA) and Manizha Naderi (Executive Director, Women for Afghan Women).
June 13 2012, 1pm PST / 4pm EST : online screening

War Redefined Social Screening

Online event, free and open to public

Women and Girls Lead advocate and Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will participate in a live social screening and chat about women’s empowerment. Nashville Public Television will produce the event, which will stream War Redefined (narrated by Davis), an episode from the acclaimed series Women, War & Peace.
May 23 2012, 1pm PST / 4pm EST : online screening

Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights

Free and open to the public

Join Amnesty International USA at a Shadow Summit for Afghan Women's Rights, which will coincide with the NATO Summit in Chicago May 20-21. While NATO leaders deliberate troop withdrawal in 2014, Afghan women leaders will discuss how to bring women's and girls' rights to the forefront during the transition.
May 20 2012, 11 AM – 1 PM : Chicago, IL

Strong! Teleconference

Free Registration

Live teleconference interview and conversation just for women about female strength, bodies, beauty, sport and fitness featuring a conversation with Cherly Haworth, Olympic Medalist and the subject of the upcoming documentary Strong!
May 20 2012, 8 PM (EST) : teleconference

Change Your World Conference

Registration required

Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program is hosting the 4th annual Business & Human Rights Summit. Change Your World DC will showcase the ways that women are using technology and social media to influence policy, govern, engage and inspire voters, address social issues and change the world. Women and Girls Lead pillar program Half the Sky will be featured.
May 18 2012, 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM : Washington, DC

AWID International Forum

Registration required

The AWID International Forum on Women’s Rights and Development is both a conference and a call to action. The largest recurring event of its kind, the AWID Forum brings together women’s rights leaders and activists from around the world every three to four years to strategize, network, celebrate, and learn. This year's theme is "Transforming Economic Power to Advance Women's Rights and Justice." Women and Girls Lead will be presenting poster sessions and module screenings at the international exhibitors hall.
April 19 – 22, 2012 : Istanbul, Turkey

Women's International Film Festival

Tickets Required. Roxie Theater

Poetry of Resilience, a documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Katja Esson about six international poets who individually survived Hiroshima, the Holocaust, China's Cultural Revolution, the Kurdish Genocide in Iraq, the Rwandan Genocide, and the Iranian Revolution. Preceding the screening, ITVS will present sneak previews of upcoming films to be featured in their Women and Girls Lead campaign, including Half the Sky, a mini-series based on the best-selling book by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
April 15 2012, 3 PM : San Francisco, CA

WGL Online Film Festival

Online event, free and open to public

In celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, Women and Girls Lead presents an online film festival featuring over 15 films available to watch online for free throughout the entire month of March. Watch with family and friends and get inspired by women and girls on the front lines of changing the world!
March 1 – 31 2012 : online

Hip Hop Social Screening

Online event, free and open to public

Take an in-depth look at masculinity in rap music and hip-hop culture — where creative genius, poetic beauty, and mad beats collide with misogyny, violence, and homophobia.
March 28 2012, 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : online screening

Troop 1500 Social Screening

Online event, free and open to public

Their mothers may be convicted thieves, murderers, and drug dealers, but the Girl Scouts of Troop 1500 want to be doctors, social workers, and marine biologists.
March 21 2012, 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : online screening

We Still Live Here screenings

by Anne Makepeace

The Wampanoag nation of southeastern Massachusetts revives their native tongue, a language that was silenced for more than 100 years. SOUTH ARTS features We Still Live Here - Âs Nutayuneân as part of their March Tour throughout the southern US.
March 2012 : select southern US screenings


Online event, free and open to public

The dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a global movement.
March 14 2012, 1pm PDT / 4pm EDT : online screening

Women in the World Summit

Tickets required

Remarkable women leaders and activists from around the globe, including Women and Girls Lead advisory board member Pat Mitchell, will descend on New York City for Newsweek & The Daily Beast’s third annual Women in the World Summit to address the most urgent challenges facing women and girls. Can't be there in person? The event will be streamed and blogged live.
March 8 – 10, 2012 : New York City, NY

CARE and ITVS International Women’s Day Event

Online event, free and open to public

Take part in celebrating International Women's Day from the comfort of your own living room by joining CARE and ITVS for an online screening of the Women, War & Peace series episode of Pray the Devil Back to Hell. After the film, stay online and participate in a panel discussion with the film's executive producer, Abigail Disney, PBS President Paula Kerger, and CEO of CARE USA, Helene Gayle.
March 7, 2012, 4:30 PM (PST) / 7:30 PM (EST) : online screening

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Registration required

Integrated Media Association (iMA) conference, "Women Lead: Public Media in the 21st Century" panel. Discover how women are transforming the landscape of public media innovation, audience engagement and new forms of storytelling. This panel presents women as innovators and collaborators and will examine how multiple stories told through both traditional and digital media can work in concert to illuminate issues, create sustained, global conversations and invite the public to get involved. The panel will be facilitated by Maria Hinojosa, managing editor and host of NPR's Latino USA.
March 7, 2012, 2:45—4 PM : Austin, TX

Women of Vision

Registration required

Women of Vision is a growing movement of women passionate about supporting and empowering women and children worldwide. World Vision has invited Women and Girls Lead to participate in their national conference, Every Woman Has A Story, and present a workshop on using media and film to educate and promote awareness.
March 4—6, 2012 : Washington, DC


Registration required

Women’s International Perspective (WIP) in partnership with Women and Girls lead present “Media as an Instrument for Change” symposium. The symposium will dive deep into issues relating to media, public policy, and gender inequality with emphasis on the role media. Women and Girls Lead advisory board member Maria Hinojosa, host of NPR's Latino USA, will be featured as keynote speaker.
March 3, 2012 4–7:30 PM : Monterey, CA

The Interrupters

by Steve James

The Interrupters tells the stories of three "violence interrupters" who, with bravado, humility, and even humor try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they themselves once employed. The Interrupters features fearless and courageous Ameena Mathews as she works to free her community from violence.
February 14, 2012 : FRONTLINE

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Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

by Sharon La Cruise

A look at the life of African American political activist and newspaper publisher Daisy Bates.
January 2012 : nationwide screenings

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Athena Film Festival

February 9 – 12, 2012. Tickets required

Athena Film Festival, in partnership with ITVS and the Women and Girls Lead campaign, is hosting a special screening of Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock. Festival will highlight the diversity of women’s leadership in both real life and the fictional world, illuminating the stories of women from across the globe who have made a difference in their countries and communities. Director Sharon La Cruise will join the audience for Q&A session following the film and the panel will be broadcast live.
February 11, 2012, 3 PM : New York, NY

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