TWWI Hosts Private Film Screening for International Women’s Day 2014

On Saturday, March 8, 2014, we will host a private in-home film screening of Miss Representation to celebrate International Women’s Day and fundraise for our programs. For an organization that works with young women of color, we think it’s absolutely necessary for women and girls – particularly those whose representation in the media is even less varied – to learn how to analyze and navigate the media and its messages.

Written and directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the film exposes how “mainstream media contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. The film challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls, which make it difficult for women to achieve leadership positions and for the average woman to feel powerful herself” (Miss Representation). Miss Representation interweaves stories from teenage girls with provocative interviews from experts including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Lisa Ling, Nancy Pelo…si, Katie Couric, Rachel Maddow, Rosario Dawson, Dr. Jackson Katz, Dr. Jean Kilbourne, and Gloria Steinem to give an inside look at the media, its message, and the impact of these portrayals on girls and women.

The film screening and fundraiser will bring together community members, educators, artists and entrepreneurs for a discussion on women and the media. The event will also feature several female entrepreneurs: Patty Eljaiek, Zahaira Curiel, Pearl Naidoo and Terria Clay. Patty Eljaiek is a painter and artist, Zahaira Curiel started her own company, Sassy’s Sweets, Pearl Naidoo has her own jewelry line and Terria Clay is a dynamic photographer.

Tickets can be ordered here: www.TWWIFilmscreening.eventbrite.com.

The Women Worldwide Initiative
The Women Worldwide Initiative (TWWI) is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower women and girls to strengthen their own capacities as decision-makers. TWWI’s mentorship programs and small-scale international development projects are dedicated to poverty eradication through youth development, and social and economic empowerment of women and girls in low-income communities in New York City and developing countries. Their programs have impacted over 60 young women and girls in inner cities in New York, 30 children in the Dominican Republic and 400 children in Zambia, as well as empowered over 300 members of the communities they serve through arts-based empowerment events. Learn more: http://www.womenworldwideinitiative.org

Miss Representation
The Representation Project is a movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people’s consciousness towards change. Interactive campaigns, strategic partnerships and education initiatives inspire individuals and communities to challenge the status quo and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, race, class, age, sexual orientation or circumstance can fulfill their potential. Learn more: http://www.missrepresentation.org

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