Les femmes soutiennent le ciel (Women hold up half the sky) Videodrama series in honor of the 20th anniversary of CEDAW (video)

Les femmes soutiennent le ciel (Women hold up half the sky) Videodrama series in honor of the 20th anniversary of CEDAW (video)

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External Documentary
Publication Year
1999
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French (fran├žais)

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The CEDAW Training Video Series is a compelling series of 8 short film training videos on women's human rights. Together, the films bring the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) alive for women and men around the world. These engaging true stories are rendered in short narrative dramas which capture and celebrate the complexity, strength and vibrant determination of women living in a globalized, patriarchal world. The series is the fruition of a first-ever solidarity effort by human rights educators and filmmakers in the United States, Latin America and Africa. Four NGO's acted as producers: Instituto de Genero, Derecho y Desarrollo, Rosario, Argentina; NGO Resource Center, Zanzibar, Tanzania; TOSTAN of Senegal and PDHRE. The dramas were based on actual life stories selected from around the world and filmed in four countries (Argentina, Senegal, Tanzania, United States). The specific drama does not necessarily depict a situation in a specific country but is used to demonstrate a universal phenomena: the effects of Patriarchy on women and girls.

The eight short films (in order) and the locations/topics covered in them are:
1. "5 Pesos." Filmed in Argentina. Traditional gender roles and stereotypes. (15:30)
2. "Heroisme Au Quotidien." Filmed in Senegal. Political participation. (14:36)
3. "Otra Mirada." Filmed in Argentina. Rural women and poverty. (15:35)
4. "Yalivio." Filmed in Tanzania. Marriage and family law. (09:30)
5. "Fire Code." Filmed in New York. Full legal equality. (15:58)
6. "Cotidaino." Filmed in Argentina. Women's health services. (15:14)
7. "Women Hold Up the Sky." Filmed in New York City. Discrimination and economic benefits. (11:45)
8. "Safari." Filmed in Tanzania. Sex trafficking and nationality. (15:06)

(Adapted from the original description from the People's Movement for Human Rights Learning (PDHRE) web site here: http://www.pdhre.org/videoseries.html)