Equality Now Recommends 🎬📚🎧
Whoop! It’s time for your latest round up of recommendations from our staff and supporters for books, movies, TV shows, podcasts and more that act as a megaphone to women's rights. Enjoy- and if you have any top tips then send them our way.
Tell Me Who You Are by Winona Guo and Priya Vulchi
In this deeply inspiring book, Guo and Vulchi recount their experiences talking to people from all walks of life about race and identity on a cross-country tour of America. Spurred by the realization that they had nearly completed high school without hearing any substantive discussion about racism in school, the two young women deferred college admission for a year to collect first-person accounts of the unexpected ways racism plays out in this country every day.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
In The Power the world is a recognizable place, but something vital has changed, causing people’s lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world, patriarchy, and nature of power imbalance changes utterly.
Betraying Big Brother by Leta Hong Fincher
A feminist movement clashing with China's authoritarian government on the eve of International Women's Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days. The Feminist Five became a global cause celebre, but they are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement prompting an unprecedented awakening among China's educated, urban women.
A Girl From Mogadishu
A Girl From Mogadishu is the true story of Ifrah Ahmed, who—having escaped war-torn Somalia—emerged as one of the world’s foremost international activists against gender-based violence and female genital mutilation.
The Silence of Others
This documentary film reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, who continue to seek justice to this day. Filmed over six years, the film follows victims and survivors as they organize the groundbreaking “Argentine Lawsuit” and fight a state-imposed amnesia of crimes against humanity, in a country still divided four decades into democracy.
Law & Order SVU: The Good Girl
In this episode of Law and Order: SVU, Lieutenant Olivia Benson works to uncover pregnant 13-year-old Mackenzie Tolliver’s secret when she refuses to name her baby’s father, revealing the dark world of legal child marriage in America.
How Yasmeen Hassan Gets It Done
From The Cut on Tuesdays
Yasmeen Hassan is the Global Executive Director for Equality Now (that’s us!), an international non-profit that has successfully pushed governments around the world to pass laws protecting women from sexual exploitation and harmful cultural practices like genital mutilation. Yasmeen discusses how to get it done as a single mom, the importance of face to face communication, and growing up in Pakistan.
Hay Secretos (Children’s Song)
This Spanish lullaby teaches children how secrets that hurt you are not secrets you have to keep, encouraging them to report sexual violence and other abuse.
Cooking With Fire by Sama Faruqi
Hamida Ali Hazara opened a restaurant to help female victims of attacks against Quetta’s Shia-Hazara minority community. The project turned out to be far more controversial—and dangerous—than she anticipated.
Do you have any suggestions for us to share next month? Please send them to us, we’d love to hear from you!