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is introducing for use in your communities
in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of "CEDAW":

Women Hold Up The Sky

A dramatic video series:
Eight short training videos for learning about CEDAW
and its relevance to women's daily lives.

Series Content

Includes a manual: "Between their stories and our realities..."
How to use the Video and the Manual

An integral part of the series for seminars & workshops on CEDAW

Executive Producer: Shulamith Koenig

The video series and the manual are available in English, French, and Spanish. Cost of the video and manual, per language: $35.00 includes shipping costs. Alternately you can download the manual and videos from the links below.

Free copies are available for organizations and communities in developing countries.


The CEDAW Training Video Series

A compelling series of 8 short film training videos on women's human rights. Together with the manual the eight short films bring the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women "CEDAW" alive for women and men around the world. These engaging true stories are rendered in short narrative dramas which capture and celebrate the complexity, strength and vibrant determination of women living in a globalized, patriarchal world.

The series is the fruition of a first-ever solidarity effort by human rights educators and filmmakers in the US, Latin America and Africa. Four NGO's acted as producers: Instituto de Genero, Derecho y Desarrollo, Rosario, Argentina; NGO Resource Center, Zanzibar, Tanzania; TOSTAN of Senegal and PDHRE.

The Dramas were based on actual life stories selected from around the world and filmed in four countries. The specific drama does not necessarily depict a situation in a specific country but is used to demonstrate a universal phenomena: the effects of Patriarchy on women and girls.

The manual was prepared as a set of guidelines for the training of trainers to adopt to their own national and local needs, and to introduce CEDAW across their societies. Even though the video series and the Manual are about CEDAW, the producers of the series feel they can be used as excellent education tools for learning about the human rights framework from a gender perspective as it relates to all people's daily lives.

Personal Memo from Shulamith Koenig - How to use the Video and the Manual

Each one of the eight Videos Dramas are separate from the other. Because we have put a lot of thought into how these videos may best be used we offer the following suggestions:

  1. These are training materials for use in the participation mode, i.e. after viewing a specific drama; viewers will share their reactions, dialogues and debate the issues with the facilitators as proposed in the manual.
  2. The dramas - what is termed by communicators – are TEASERS produced for the purpose of producing emotions, empathy and personal involvement about the lives of women.
  3. Some of the videos may seem irrelevant to the viewer. This is OK because it is meant to teach people about the human rights of women around the world, as well as show women how women live in a globalized patriarchal world everywhere.
  4. If the video succeeds in creating an emotional response in the viewer, then they are prepared to learn about human rights by focusing on CEDAW as related to all women’s daily concerns and the struggle for justice for all.
  5. Each of the dramas should be shown separately as an independent unit. We suggest that the relevant chapter in the accompanying manual be sued to develop the discussion and enhance the learning process.
  6. Before beginning your training with these materials please go through the materials as you view the dramas so that you can plan to integrate specific local issues to relate to specific articles of CEDAW.
We believe that these materials can be used at all levels of society with women and men alike as well as with your government officials, judges, the police and more. All countries that have ratified CEDAW and all those countries in the process of ratification can learn how to claim human rights by using the human rights language and taking actions to change laws, policies resource and relationships in the community.

We also suggest that you surf through this website to find additional more interesting materials such as our recent Passport for Dignity, and Call for Justice.

Please send us your feedback so that we too can learn how to improve our training materials.


To order contact:

526 West 111Th St., Suite 4E
New York, NY 10025, USA
Tel: 1-212-749-3156
Fax: 1-212-666-6325
email: pdhre@igc.org

Series Content

Women Hold Up The Sky includes, eight dramatic training modules to be used separately during the training.

You can watch the videos streamed straight off the internet, by clicking on the play button on the left of each video and you can watch it full screen by clicking on the icon that looks like a TV. Alternately, you may want to download the videos to your computer for playback at a later time. You can do this by clicking the "Download video" link for each video. Each video is quite large (>100MB) and may take some time to download. It will download as an "FLV" file, which can be played by Real Player. You can download Real Player from www.real.com and follow the link to "Free Download".

-original in Spanish. Filmed in Rosario, Argentina.
for developing discussions mainly on CEDAW articles: 5: Sex Rolls and Stereotypes and Article 10: Education.

-Daily Heroes -by the renowned African filmmaker, Ousmane Sembene
- Filmed in Senegal in the local language: Woloff.
For developing discussion mainly on CEDAW Article 7: Political and Public Life and Article 8: Participation at International Level.

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"OTRA MIRADA" - Another Approach-
Original in Spanish, Filmed in Rosario, Argentina.
For developing discussions mainly on CEDAW Article 14: Rural women.

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"YALIVIO" -Price of a Women
- Original in Kishwahili and English
Filmed in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
For developing discussions mainly on CEDAW Article 16: Marriage and Family

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- Original in English, filmed in New York, USA.
For developing discussions mainly on CEDAW Article 15: Full Legal Capacity

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"COTIDAINO" - Daily Lives
- Original in Spanish, Filmed in Rosario, Argentina.
For developing discussion mainly on CEDAW Article 11: Employment and Article 12 - Health care and family planning.

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- Original English, filmed in New York, USA.
For developing discussion mainly on CEDAW Article 1: Definition of discrimination, Article 2: Policy measure to be taken to eliminate discrimination, Article 3: basic human rights, Article 4: Temporary Special Measures to Achieve Equality and Article 13: Economic Social benefits.

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- Original in Kishwahili, Filmed in Zanzibar, Tanzania.
For developing discussions mainly on Article 6: Prostitution and Trafficking and Article 9: Nationality.

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The video is accompanied by a comprehensive manual:

"Between Their Stories and Our Realities"

available in French, English and Spanish.

The manual was prepared as a guideline for the training of trainers who are expected to adopt it to their own national and local needs and introduce CEDAW across their societies, with a special emphasis on the community level.

The Series and the Manual were produced with the support of the Austrian Government and the Vienna Institute for Development and Cooperation, VIDC in collaboration with women human rights groups and film makers in Rosario, Argentina; New York, USA; Thies, Senegal and Zanzibar, Tanzania

For more information, please contact PDHRE:

The People's Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE) / NY Office
211 East 43rd Street, Suite 1104
New York, NY 10017, USA

tel: +1 212.749-3156; fax: +1 212.666-6325
e-mail: pdhre@igc.org

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