Talk Radio Tehran Film Screening
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

Talk Radio Tehran Film Screening

On Human Rights Day, December 10th 2018, the Metro NY Chapter, USNC UN Women invites you to a reception, screening and conversation for Mahtab Mansour’s film “Talk Radio Tehran” at the SVA Theatre, 333 23rd Street at 6pm. Conversation to follow with Champions of Change Azadeh Khalili and Leila Darabi. 

“Iranian women are like tea, the hotter the water, the stronger we get.” 

To the startling soundtrack of Tehran’s freewheeling talk radio, three narratives unfold - Zohreh, the chic Rally champion of Iran; indomitable Madam Nosrat, the city’s first woman bus driver; and courageous Sepideh and her colleagues who form the only female fire fighting team in the Middle East. With passion and daring, they all defy the status quo in a country on the verge of great change. These spirited Iranian heroines hurtle through the labyrinth of gender-apartheid from dawn to dusk. Heated debate, radical questions, and ironic comedy reveal a society deeply in conflict with itself. In the wake of this year’s protests that included women taking off their hijabs, this film headlined on BBC Persian for International Day of Women on March 8. Thanks to Producers Idanna Pucci, Mahtab Mansour and Terence Ward. 

About Director Mahtab Mansour 

Born In Iran, Mahtab Mansour grew up in Tehran. She left for Paris in 1980 and studied Science of Art at the Sorbonne, and then pursued her studies in Cinema. After completing her Masters degree, she returned to Iran where she taught Film Criticism and Semiology at Teheran University. As the Director of the Cinematography Research Institute from 1995 to 1997, she organized in association with UNESCO, France, the first seminars on International Women in Contemporary Cinema. For two years, she was also responsible of the first Documentary Film Festival in Isfahan. She co-produced 32 documentaries and short films for Iranian TV, and directed a documentary on the Ghashghai tribes, and a series on Iranian women in the Persian Gulf. Mahtab resides in Paris. 

Director’s Note 

This film reflects how the Iranian people cope, circumvent and resist the imposed laws by using their imagination. My crew displayed all these talents during the shooting. The footage was shot in Tehran; the atmosphere was extremely tense. Although we had secured permission from the Ministry of Culture, suspicious police and basiji often stopped us for questioning. We were able to complete the shooting only because of my membership card of the Iranian Filmmakers Association, which I had never let expire. Today, hope nervously clings in the air as the struggle between reformists and fundamentalists continues. At the heart of the conflict are the laws restricting women’s rights

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Take Back the Night
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Take Back the Night

Join the Young Professionals Committee of the Metro NY Chapter of the USNC for UN Women as we work to end violence against women. "Take Back The Night" is an international event with the mission of ending violence against women in all forms. On this night, we stand together to raise our voices against the injustice faced by women around the world. This will be a night full of inspiring dialogue and conversations which will help raise funds and awareness around the issue of gender-based violence.

Celebrated across the U.S., "Take Back the Night" is a community-based event to protest the fear women and transgender people have walking at night. The night is also a grassroots event that honors the experiences of survivors of sexual violence, sexual assault, childhood sexual violence, domestic violence and survivors of violence such as police brutality, racism, sexist oppression, and other forms of institutionalized violence.

November 29 falls during the 16 Days of Activism, an international campaign that takes place each year. The campaign commences on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and end on December 10, Human Rights Day. The 16 Days os used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. We hope you will join us at the Habitas to "Take Back The Night.

Please wear orange in recognition of the 16 Days of Activism and the Orange the World Campaign.

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The Mask You Live In
Nov
5
5:30 PM17:30

The Mask You Live In

The Metro NY Chapter, USNC UN Women will host a screening and panel for “The Mask You Live In” – a documentary exploring the definition of masculinity - with guest speakers including world-renowned photographer, producer, and philanthropist Nigel Barker, former NFL player and inclusion consultant Wade Davis, founder of the Better Man Conference Ray Arata,former NFL player and co-founder of the InSideOut Initiative, Joe Ehrmann, and moderated by award-winning activist and author Marianne Schnall

About the Film

"The Mask You Live In" explores how our culture's narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large and unveils what we can do about it. View the trailer here. Directed by Jennifer Siebel Newsom (Miss Representation), founder and CEO of The Representation Project.

In partnership with UN Women's HeForShe campaign and the Better Man Conference. Special thanks to A+E for hosting this event.

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Breaking the Silence: Ending Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

Breaking the Silence: Ending Domestic Violence in the South Asian Community

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Join the Metro NY Chapter of the USNC for UN Women (USNC-NY) on October 25th as we host a panel event with Manavi discussing the organization's work helping South Asian women escape domestic violence.

General Admission: $10

USNC-NY Members: FREE!

To become a USNC-NY member and to attend this event for free, click here

#BreaktheSilence #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth



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Finding Her Balance Women’s Mental Wellness in the Workplace
Oct
10
8:30 AM08:30

Finding Her Balance Women’s Mental Wellness in the Workplace

  • 3 Columbus Circle, 18th Floor new york 10019 (map)
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Join us for this FREE event. We will start the day off with a meditation session, kick off the programming with a keynote from Amber Rae, hear from an esteemed panel about Mental Health at the Workplace and break off into a series of interesting workshops that will help you manage mental health and wellness at work. Our chapter president, Mary M. Luke, will be moderating "The Impact of #MeToo on Global Mental Health" (Breakout Session #2). 
 
Please RSVP soon as space is limited via the event page! It’s going to be an incredible day. We hope to see you there.

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"Matangi / Maya / M.I.A." Screening with Q&A
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

"Matangi / Maya / M.I.A." Screening with Q&A

Join us for this opening weekend screening of the documentary film "MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.," with a conversation with director Steve Loveridge and Krishanti Dharmaraj of the Center for Women's Global Leadership.

This Sundance award-winning film is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist M.I.A., chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee to immigrant to pop star. Daughter of a member of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, her family fled to the UK, where she became a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. The world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage, having created a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil culture, art school punk, hip-hop beats and an unwavering, ultra-confident voice.

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Champions of Change for Gender Equality Awards
May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Champions of Change for Gender Equality Awards

Please join us for the “Champions of Change for Gender Equality” Awards in celebration of the Metro NY Chapter's 30th Annual Meeting at the SVA Theatre in New York City. We are proud to recognize these women and men who make significant contributions to women’s empowerment and gender equality in their professional and personal lives.

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Denim After Dark
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Denim After Dark

The U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Metro New York Chapter presents DENIM AFTER DARK, a denim-themed evening event hosted by the Young Professionals Committee to encourage our network to stand in solidarity with sexual assault survivors and honor Denim Day.

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Champions of Change: Stand Up For Women Worldwid
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Champions of Change: Stand Up For Women Worldwid

The Metropolitan New York Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a festive evening Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Harmonie Club in New York City. The evening will honor leaders in women’s empowerment and gender equality. Proceeds will support UN Women programs in over 100 countries.

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