ISSUE: Women's Rights

Women in the US have come a long way since the days of Susan B. Anthony or Eleanor Roosevelt. But even in this Western country there is still much progress to be made where women face a glass ceiling in the workplace and a shocking income disparity with men. In developing countries, the situation is much worse: women's rights are brutally violated every day. With acts like female circumcision, honor killings, and discriminating religious laws, it is clear women around the world still have a lot to fight for.


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Karla's Arrival 

Karla's Arrival

Meet 19-year-old Sujeylin Aguilar and her baby Karla, who live with a group of kids in a park in Managua, Nicaragua. Can Sujeylin kick her glue habit and provide a better life for her child? Click for airtimes.



Ramchand Pakistani 

Cinemondo: Ramchand Pakistani

Based on actual events, this documentary tells the story of an accidental border crossing by a Pakistani Hindu boy and his father into India, and the consequences this action has on their family's lives. Click for airtimes.

A Dollar a Day: The Strongest Link 

A Dollar a Day: The Strongest Link

Bulewla Cima is a pregnant, HIV positive health worker. As a single mother struggling to support her family in South Africa, Bulewla represents one of the 1.2 billion people in the world living on less that a dollar a day. Click for airtimes and to watch online!



ViewChange: The Edge of Joy 

ViewChange: The Edge of Joy

The Edge of Joy is a documentary film that follows an ensemble cast of Nigerian doctors, midwives, and families to the frontlines of maternal care. Click for airtimes and to watch online!



We Are Half of Iran's Population 

Bridge To Iran: We Are Half of Iran's Population

Three months before Iran's 2009 presidential elections, Iranian women's rights activists are filmed posing their questions to the ten candidates. Click for airtimes and to watch online!



In this stirring documentary Sister Fa -- a brilliant and tough-minded Senegalese rapper -- has devoted herself to ending the practice of female genital cutting in her homeland. Click for airtimes and to watch online!
Women on the Frontline 

Women on the Frontline

Aired first on BBC World TV, the critically acclaimed Women on the Frontline is a brutally honest account of the silent war being waged against women across the world. Watch online!

ViewChange: To Educate a Girl 

ViewChange: To Educate a Girl

In 2010 filmmakers Frederick Rendina and Oren Rudavsky traveled to Nepal and Uganda to find the answer to one question: What does it take to educate a girl? Watch online!

Why Women Count 

Why Women Count
A series of five minute reports on the lives of women around the world, focusing on the theme of empowerment. Distributed by the Television Trust for the Environment (TVE). Watch online!

ViewChange: Where the Water Meets the Sky 

ViewChange: Where the Water Meets the Sky

Written by Jordan Roberts (March of the Penguins) and narrated by Academy Award®-winner Morgan Freeman, this is the inspiring story of a group of Zambian women who achieve the unimaginable. Watch online!

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ViewChange: The Mothers Index (Promo)

ViewChange: The Mothers Index (Promo)

Being a new mother is challenging enough, but what extra burdens do moms face in poor, rural communities? Tour the world's best and worst places to be a mother, in a report from and Save the Children.
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The Mothers Index

Being a new mother is challenging enough - but what extra burdens do moms face in the poorest and most rural parts of the world? What's being done to give mothers and children the greatest chance to survive and thrive? Take a tour of the world's best and worst places to be a mother, in this new report from and Save the Children.


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Make your favorite mom(s) a star! We bet you know a lot of moms who deserve a "Mother of the Year" award. Imagine their surprise when they get a video news clip saying she won this award. Send a customized video now!

NoVo Foundation

NoVo Foundation is on the frontlines of the fight for women's rights.  Chaired by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, this foundation "seeks to foster a transformation in global society from a culture of domination and exploitation to collaboration and partnership, empowering women and girls as the primary agents of change."


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March 8th - International Women's Day

Each year on March 8th, the world comes together to acknowledge the progress and achievements of women across the globe. Check this space for more info about annual celebrations of International Women's Day.

March - Women's History Month (US)

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Click here for more information.

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