Women in Egypt are fighting back against patriarchal norms, and getting fit while doing it. A new organization – Go Bike – is encouraging cycling in Cairo and women are joining in, breaking the strong cultural taboo against female cycling.
But there is something particularly special and gratifying about our local screenings. When university students, community organizers, religious groups and concerned citizens contact us to set up a showing of ‘Honor Diaries’, when friends, colleagues and neighbors take valuable time out of their to-the-brim-filled day and dedicate it to the freedom of women.
Jillian Lauren, a New York Times bestselling author, is taking a stand against culture-based abuse and the oppression of women. Raised in a typical middle class New Jersey family, she went down an unexpected road, dropping out of college, becoming an escort and spending a year and a half living in the harem of Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei.
When Iran won a seat on the U.N. Economic and Social Council’s Commission on the Status of Women, the world’s foremost intergovernmental body promoting women’s rights around the world, jaws around the world hit the floor.
Despite their protestations, Iran is not known for being a bastion of women’s rights.
If anything can be said for Iraq’s new Jaafari personal status law, it is that the scandalous and shocking new slew of rights which may be afforded to men at the expense of women and girls is drawing international attention to the unilateral usurpation of freedoms and subjugation of females which is still extant and flourishing in the world today.
Many little girls in the western world dream of the day when they will become brides, imagining themselves the most beautiful, special, and celebrated person in the world on that magical day.
However, for many girls around the world, marriage is not far away – and with it, all the responsibilities and duties of a wife. […]
Notes from the road from Paula, following our dream-come-true event – a screening at the UN Human Rights Council!
The event today was a tremendous success. Personally, I have been delighted to fulfill a lifelong dream – attending a session at the Human Right Council! […]
The recent increase in coverage of the severe harms and ongoing threat of honor violence to women and girls which is taking place in the United States is very heartening.
Up until now, the overwhelming majority of attention the western world has given to the plight of women and girls who fight to survive in cultures dominated by “honor” has come from the United Kingdom and publications such as The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and the BBC.
On March 6th, Honor Diaries had the distinct privilege and true honor of being invited for a screening at the House of Commons.
We were gratified to see Members of Parliament, journalists, business leaders, barristers, and even a baroness in attendance, highlighting the strength of the message that all women deserve to live in freedom – and that all of us have a part to play in making that happen.
Congratulations to Paula for having her story published on the Everyday Ambassador website! Read about Paula’s brush with a famous documentary maker – how she almost bombed, and what happened in the end!
We are so gratified by the impact Honor Diaries is making.
We continue to partner with some of the world’s most powerful activists. Men and women of all ages and political and religious affiliations are telling us that our documentary is impacting their thinking – and that they will take part in supporting legislation and efforts which will protect and enrich the lives of those living with the threat of honor violence. […]
I’ve made it home from our world premiere at the illustrious Chicago International Film Festival and am still riding the wave of all the positive feedback for Honor Diaries.
I am delighted that we sold out both of our film festival showings, and that so many different types of people came to learn about honor violence and show their support for women and girls worldwide: moms, dads, students, new immigrants, young and old, people from all walks of life, religious beliefs, and backgrounds. […]
If you are a 16 year old girl living somewhere in North America, Europe, or Australia, school might involve figuring out how to ace your upcoming finals (or in other cases, cramming so you won’t fail), picking the perfect dress for the dance, or strategically selecting a seat in eyeshot of your longtime secret crush. […]