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Tuesday 22 July in London, the UK Government and Unicef hosted an international Girl Summit focused on two major issues faced by girls around the world: Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In a 2013 report, Unicef estimated that 30 million girls were at risk to undergo FGM within the next ten years. Today, 70 million women were forced into marriage during their childhood. The event’s organisers stressed the pressing need to take action internationally.
The ambition of Girl Summit 2014 was to bring together international actors that can play a key role in making and encouraging actions to end FGM and CEFM within a generation. The Kering Foundation was honoured to join this global movement gathering community leaders, governments, experts, international NGOs and private stakeholders, all committed to combat such violence. The event was an excellent mix between stories of victims, expertise of grassroots organisations, experts and governments. The atmosphere was very inspiring and fuelled by the energy of young people from different countries that formed the pattern of the summit. Indeed, the movement #Youth For Change was determined to raise its voice to “spark an international youth movement for girls and women’s right”.
The event opened with testimonials from two FGM and CFEM survivors, a recorded welcome message from Mr Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary General) and speeches by politicians from several countries including Prime Minister David Cameron. Various topics were addressed throughout the day with invited speakers such as the Unicef Executive Director Anthony Lake and the young activist Malala Yousafzai. Delegates discussed the role of community and faith leaders in addressing FGM and CEFM, powerful tools to enhance social norms for girls and the role of health and education professionals in ending FGM.
Several participants made public commitments in favour of girls and women’s rights. For instance, Home Secretary Theresa May announced a £1.4m FGM prevention programme in the UK, the European Commission committed to supporting awareness campaigns on violence against women (including FGM in the European Union). Some delegates, including the Kering Foundation also signed the Girl Summit Charter to encourage continued international and domestic progress on FGM and CEFM.
In addition, a global campaign was launched on social media to raise awareness and support “a future free from FGM and child and forced marriage”. Already 11,197 people and organisations pledged their support and 127,784 posted message using the hashtag #GirlSummit.
Thanks to this kind of initiative, various actors engaged in combatting violence against women and girls join their efforts to foster social change. Let’s stay committed to making equal rights become a reality for every woman around the world!
Yesterday, the Kering Foundation in support of #BringBackOurGirls took to the streets of Paris yesterday. An exhibition has been inaugurated at Place de la République by the Mayoress of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and France's former First Lady, Valérie Trierweiler.
220 silhouettes were unveiled at the square in central Paris each carrying the name of one of the Nigerians girls abducted by Boko Haram. It has now been over 100 days since the 220 girls were taken from their classrooms, enchained ever since.
Calling on the international community, the exposition’s aim is to step up the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. The Kering Foundation is raising its voice together with the ELLE Foundation and the Raja Foundation to demand the girls’ release.
On TWITTER: show your support by sharing #BringBackOurGirls
On INSTAGRAM: follow the event with #BringBackOurGirls and share photos on @kering_official
In Paris, visit the exposition from 28 July to 28 August, at Place de la République 75011
The Kering Foundation is proud to announce its new partnership with TrustLaw, a Thomson Reuters' global pro bono service that provides free legal support to social enterprises and NGOs.
By helping these organizations with law issues, TrustLaw enables them to focus on their mission while being more effective and fostering social change. To do so, TrustLaw created a network connecting NGOs and social entrepreneurs with top law firms from around the world offering free legal assistance.
To date, TrustLaw network counts over 1,200 members in 145 countries. By joining this community, all partners supported by the Kering Foundation are eligible for fast-track access to TrustLaw in order to access free legal assistance around the world.
Learn more: TrustLaw
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.
Every year, the Kering Foundation in association with the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund rewards three documentary film projects chosen to highlight the courage and extraordinary strength of character of women around the world. Winner of a 2012 Spotlighting Women Documentary Awards, The Supreme Price by Joanna Lipper is showed this month at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in the US. The film tells the story of Hafsat Abiola – also CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board Member - who fights to transform a corrupted culture of governance into a democracy capable of serving Nigera’s most marginalized population, women.
The Kering Foundation is proud to promote the Premiere of The Supreme Price at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival on June 19, in New York. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Joanna Lipper and Hafsat Abiola.
More info on Human Rights Watch Film Festival: http://ff.hrw.org/film/supreme-price?city=5
Or on Joanna Lipper’s website: http://www.joannalipper.com/filmmaker/supreme-price