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Why Aren’t More Men Involved in Fighting Violence Against Women?– A Man’s Perspective

In a recent Huffington Post article, Soraya Chemaly said, “I’m thinking that it shouldn’t take gendercide and gang rapes of children and women to motivate good men to act against pervasive injustice that all women and girls are subjected to in one degree or another.” She goes on, “Women are not perpetrating widespread violence against one another […]

“It’s a Girl”: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

The Atlantic just published a review of It’s a Girl titled “Neither Pro-Life Nor Pro-Choice Can Solve the Selective Abortion Crisis” by Noah Berlatsky.  It’s an excellent review that delves into some of the critical questions that must be addressed in order for the world to really see a global movement to end female gendercide. […]

“It’s a Girl” Screenings at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Next week, governmental leaders from around the world are meeting in New York for the United Nation’s Commission on the Status ofWomen (UNCSW). This is the primary policy-making body on the planet when it comes to gender equality and women’s rights. The theme this year is the elimination of violence against women and girls, and […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a screening of “It’s a Girl”

March 8th is International Women’s Day; a time of respect, appreciation and love towards women and a celebration of women’seconomic, political and social achievements around the world. The It’s a Girl campaign is marking the occasion by inviting screening hosts all over the world to use this opportunity to raise awareness about the ongoing plight of women in India and China, […]

There is Hope for Women in India

Sometimes the volume of stories about violence against women and gendercide coming out of India can be overwhelming and the cause can feel hopeless. But there is good news as well! Here is a great example of some in India who are overcoming the cultural norms of son-preference and are bringing change! A doctor in […]

Show your love to a girl in India this Valentine’s Day

A right wing Hindu group in India, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, is claiming that Valentine’s Day encourages rape and plans to protest the holiday. In the past, Hindu radicals kept vigil at parks, restaurants and other places, and occasionally went on the rampage, attacking pubs and greeting card shops, but they vow to raise awareness peaceably this year. At […]

The Three Deadliest Words: “It’s a Girl” – TED talk by Evan Grae Davis

In December, It’s a Girl Director, Evan Grae Davis appeared on the TEDx stage at TEDxGateway in Mumbai, India, the largest TEDx event in South Asia. Evan addressed 1000 leaders and influencers from the region about the film and the issue of gendercide. We are excited to announce that the video of Evan’s TEDx talk is […]

Amazing Progress in 2012: Thank You!

As the Shadowline Films team welcomes a new year, we can’t help but be excited and humbled by the success of It’s a Girl and response of the international community to this film. When we released It’s a Girl in September of 2012, our hope and desire was to educate and mobilize a movement to end gendercide in India […]

It’s a Girl Inspires Music Video by Hip Hop Artist Omékongo Dibinga

We are so excited to be the first to share with you the It’s a Girl music video! After seeing just the film trailer, Omékongo Dibinga was inspired to lend his voice to help end gendercide. Omekongo – a rapper, trilingual poet, CNN contributor, motivational speaker and the Director of UPstander International – put pen […]

Delhi Gang Rape: “Eve-Teasing” Justification Trumps Justice

As India grieves the death of the young medical student who was brutally gang raped on a moving bus December 16th, 2012, a historic movement continues to develop demanding justice and action from the government. But leaders and legislators have come across as indifferent, unresponsive and out of touch with the reality of violence against […]

The Invisible Girl Project: Saving Lives in India

In a recent trip to South India, I visited one of Invisible Girl Project’s partners that rescues and cares for unwanted baby girls.  Rather than letting them be killed or trafficked, this home will take girls in, care for them, educate them, and teach them their inherent value…as human beings.  The home has been rescuing […]

Why I Founded Women’s Rights Without Frontiers

I first learned about China’s One Child Policy while working as a litigation attorney in the early nineties. My client was seeking political asylum after escaping from a Chinese government that had forcibly sterilized her. I was shocked to discover that her case was not unique and that under China’s coercive family planning policy, women […]

It’s a Girl Documentary Inspires Vienna Symposium on Femicide

I first learned of the horrible phenomenon of femicide through data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Small Arms Survey report. We (the Academic Council on the United Nations-Vienna – ACUNS) had decided to do a side event at the UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Commission in April […]

There is Heart in Hope

I have written about this issue so many times on my blog…but every single time I start…I am at a loss for words. How do I write about this? How can I say what I want to say without using so many numbers and statistics. Over 50 million (yes, million!!), 70 million or 100 million […]

Director Evan Grae Davis gives TED Talk in India

I was honored to join a select group of speakers at the December 2nd, 2012 TEDxGateway event in Mumbai, India. The largest TEDx event in South Asia, TEDxGateway draws an audience of nearly 1000 leaders and influencers from India and throughout the region to hear short talks on “ideas worth spreading”. The talks cover innovative […]

“It’s a Girl” Premieres at British and European Parliaments

It’s a Girl held its UK premiere at the British Parliament on October 30. The screening was co-hosted by Lord Alton of Liverpool and Baroness Howe of Idlicote with various MPs, leaders of NGOs and other invited guests in attendance.  In his opening remarks at the screening, Lord Alton connected the gendercide in India and […]

What Can Islam Offer to Combat Gendercide?

When I first became familiar with the It’s a Girl documentary, a few Qur’anic verses came to mind: When the sun is wrapped up [in darkness] And when the stars fall, dispersing […] And when the seas are filled with flame And when the souls are paired with their bodies And when the female infant […]

Why ‘It’s a Girl’ is a Different Kind of Film

When I started The 50 Million Missing Campaign on India’s female genocide, in 2006, I had two goals. One, was to raise global awareness about this massive, human rights atrocity in India, for many didn’t and still don’t know.  The other goal was to build a grassroots, public momentum that will demand official accountability and action, of the […]

President Hu Jintao’s Chance To End The One Child Policy and Gendercide

The contrast with the American presidential election campaign could not be greater but this week the Chinese Communist Party made its once in a decade transfer of power to a new Politburo of one-party State appointees. President Hu Jintao is expected to hand over the reins of power in March. Before he leaves office there […]

“It’s a Girl” is an official selection at the ‘this human world’ Film Festival!

t’s a Girl is thrilled to announce that we are an official selection at the 2012 this human world Film Festival in Vienna, Austria. Scheduled to coincide with the 10th of December, Human Rights Day, this human world presents a week of brand new feature films, documentaries and short films set around contemporary themes. Over the course of the […]