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Women at the centre of film screenings

It’s been all about women recently, with the #metoo movement, the campaigns fighting against violence against women and, on a more positive note, locally-produced documentaries educating women and the public on home births.

Enhancing this atmosphere with a drive to empower and create a platform for dialogue, the UNDP started a partnership with the Goethe-Institute and the UN family, Embassies and Cultural Institutions in Cyprus six years ago to mark the International Women’s Day in March with an annual film week.

In 2018, the one-week initiative, Women’s Film Days, became a year-long programme involving the entire UN Country Team in Cyprus and will continue to touch upon different gender issues on the occasion of relevant UN days, starting with the international day for the elimination of violence against women.

Screenings began back in November and with a great turnout they’re not stopping any time soon. “The response has been tremendous,” says Programme Specialist in UNDP in Cyprus Nilgun Arif, “this initiative started as a one off, but due to popular demand the screenings are planned over the course of the year – up until November 2019.”

The chosen films all depict stories of real women from around the world and will be screened at the Nicosia Goethe Institute. It’s an initiative that aims to create regular opportunities for dialogue between activists, policy makers and the public on a wide range of gender issues through the medium of cinematography.

“Through films,” adds Nilgun, “we will celebrate together women who took unprecedented steps in women’s history in their countries and set examples for the rest of the world to follow.”

The next screenings, marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science will be held on Monday and Tuesday. Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge will be shown on Monday, presented by the Embassy of Poland and The Heart of Madness on the Tuesday presented by the Embassy of Brazil.
The programme of the initiative will be published quarterly on the event Facebook Page and on UNDP and UNFICYP websites, as some months will have two or three screenings, so keep an eye out.

Women’s Film Days
Monthly film screenings depicting stories of real women from around the world. An initiative by the UNDP made possible thanks to the support of Embassies and Cultural Institutions in Cyprus. All movies will be screened in their original language with English subtitles. Entrance to all events is free. February 11 and 12. Goethe Institute, Nicosia. 5.30pm.

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