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For the 4th year, the Kering Corporate Foundation in association with the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund presents the Spotlighting Women Documentary Awards. Three film projects have been chosen for highlighting the courage of women around the world.
The 2014 winners are:
AWAKENING, Directed by Gini Reticker; Produced by Beth Levison. Against the backdrop of the Arab uprisings, Awakening – a multimedia initiative anchored by a documentary film – tells the stories of five fearless women from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region who risk everything in their fight for human rights for all, despite flagrant efforts to silence them.
INDIA’S DAUGHTER, Directed and Produced by Leslee Udwin. This documentary pays tribute to the remarkable and inspiring short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in 2012. It also examines the mindset of the perpetrators, and it sets these specifics against a wider in-depth exploration of why rape happens.
THE STORM MAKERS, Written and Directed by Guillaume Suon; Produced by Rithy Panh and Julien Roumy. Filmmaker Guillaume Suon turns his cinematic lens on globalization and contemporary Cambodia.
The grantees were selected by a jury comprised of: Claire Aguilar (Executive Content Advisor for Independent Television Service - ITVS); Actor and Producer Alec Baldwin; Producer & Director Ross Kauffman (E-TEAM, BORN INTO BROTHELS); Multiple Grammy® winning singer/songwriter and Partner in Get Lifted Film Co. John Legend and Alyse Nelson (President and CEO of Vital Voices).
In addition to funding, grantees will each receive year-round support from TFI, including one-on-one guidance and consultations to help each film to reach completion, enter the marketplace, and find broader audiences.
Here is the PSA (Public Service Annoucement) on campus sexual assault released by the White House on last April 29th. President Obama, Vice President Biden, Daniel Craig, actors Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers and Steve Carell are passing the message on: « 1 is 2 Many ».
In the US, April was proclaimed "National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month". Every year, it gives the opportunity to raise awareness of sexual violence in a country where were 1 in 5 young women will be victim of sexual assault while they are in college.
This year, the American government created a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Some of the outcomes were the release of a First Report and the design of an information website (Not Alone) dedicated to combatting sexual violence.
On the occasion of November 25, the date of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Kering Foundation's partner "Fédération Nationale Solidarité Femmes" (FNSF) made a short film called "The Phone" to raise awareness of domestic violence. The big French TV channels TF1 and France Télévisions will broadcast the spot from next week on and around March 8, on International Women's Day.
Each year, Solidarité Femmes associations supports more than 30,000 women in France and houses 6000 women and children.
One in three women around the world is beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. This is the stark fact that adorns the cover of the Kering Foundation Activity Report 2009-2013, which is now available online. It was also the impetus for setting up the Foundation to combat violence against women in 2009.
The report puts into perspective five years of long-term actions with facts and figures related to VAW, and the progress being made on this issue. Across the world, movements are underway to raise awareness, combat violence and change behaviours. Since its inception in 2009 the then-called PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights has been fighting violence against women. Over the years, the Foundation has worked in partnership with 47 NGOs, for the benefit of more than 140,000 women worldwide, 80,000 in the last year alone.
In addition to celebrating some of the Foundation’s long-standing NGO partnerships, the report highlights its support through sustainable projects involving local communities and public authorities. It also includes testimonials from employees, experts, associations and beneficiaries who explain the impact of these projects in their own words.