Videos & campaigns

Watch and be inspired by the messages of leading global women’s rights advocates and creative video campaigns addressing the issue of women’s and girls’ rights. Share them with friends, spread the word.

Videos by leading women’s rights advocates

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi

Published 30 July 2014

One of the world’s most renowned human rights activists, Aung San Suu Kyi speaks about why we must end discrimination against girls for the benefit of all.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on global equality of women

Published 3 March 2014

On International Women’s Day 2014, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka stresses that “progress for women is progress for all.”

Ela Bhatt on trust, ownership and organising women

Published 26 May 2009

Founder of the Self Employed Women”s Association (SEWA) – India’s largest union for informal women workers, Ela Bhatt is a visionary, activist and labour organiser. In the 1970s, she realised the collective strength of independent women vendors and in a matter of decades transformed them into a force to reckon with—today over 1,900,000 strong.

Prof. Christine Chinkin on violence against women

Published 4 June 2014

Christine Chinkin, Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics, speaks about the Istanbul Convention – a European convention to combat violence against women which came into force on 1 August 2014.

Zainah Anwar asks “What Islam? Whose Islam? From Misogyny to Equality”

Published 17 July 2013

Musawah Executive Director Zainah Anwar discusses the rights of Muslim women within the framework of Islam: “The Islamic resurgence…has thrown forward … competing ideologies;…very often it is the status and rights of women that become the first casualty… It is women’s groups that are at the forefront in challenging traditional religious authority and Islamists in the use of religion to justify women’s subordination.”

Ranjana Kumari on the impact of the Delhi gang rape

Published 29 December 2012

Ranjana Kumari, Director of the Centre for Social Research and a prominent women’s rights activist, speaks about why and how the death of a victim of gang rape has this time galvanised India and could inspire change.

Prof. Monica McWilliams on women’s political empowerment

Published 18 August 2014

Prof Monica McWilliams discusses her research work on domestic and intimate violence at the Transitional Justice Institute in the University of Ulster and her role in empowering women through inclusion in post-conflict peace negotiations.

Ivy Josiah on women’s rights and women’s NGOs

Published 28 November 2013

Women’s Aid Organisation (Malaysia) Executive Director Ivy Josiah talks candidly about key questions – from why men commit violence to the role of women’s groups in Malaysia – and her own personal experience: “Working with women for women is the best job in the world.”

Campaign videos on women’s and girls’ rights

UN Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence

Published 8 November 2013

A video on the UN survey of 10,000 men asking why some men use violence against women in Asia and the Pacific and how we can prevent it. Download the full report.

Half the Sky Foundation: What is so scary about smart girls?

Published 20 May 2014

“Ultimately, the greatest threat to extremism isn’t drones firing missiles, but girls reading books.”

Nike Foundation ‘Girl Effect’: Dare to see I am the answer

Published on 22 May 2008

“I dare you to look at me and see only a statistic, someone you will never meet, a tragedy… I dare you to look at me as more than a promise you won’t keep…

I dare you too look at me and see I am the answer … I dare you to re-think what it means to look at a girl: not a burden, not an object – but the answer.” 1 Billion Rising campaign

Published 20 September 2012

A film by Eve Ensler and Tony Stroebel to end violence against women through a global event.

Care International: The clock is ticking

Published 20 October 2010

The Care video portrays the positive impact that ending child marriage can have on health, education and development. “50 million girls in poverty equals 50 million solutions.”

Plan International: ‘Because I am a Girl’

Published 16 February 2009

“Because I am a girl, I will be lucky to survive… lucky to get enough food… lucky to get an education … I will be lucky to stay healthy…”

Plan International works to transform the lives of the world’s poorest girls by ending discrimination.