Amnesty in Victoria’s 10th Annual Film Festival and Human Rights Fair

Greetings, all,
It’s time for Amnesty’s 10th Annual Human Rights Film Festival! In this incredibly busy time, we hope you can find a couple of hours to join us for a film, conversation, sign a few petitions and see what we and other social justice organizations are doing.

Attached find posters. Please distribute the information widely. Hope to see you there!
Amnesty in Victoria’s 10th Annual Film Festival and Human Rights Fair presents “GAME CHANGERS – Visionary Women, Resilient Children and Courage in Community”.
November 25-27, David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria
Friday and Saturday evening sessions 7:00, films at 7:30; Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions 2:00, films at 2:30. 3 days, 4 sessions, 9 films, 15 human rights fair tables, speakers, music, refreshments, all for a suggested donation of $10. For complete schedule details, visit .
In the meantime, here are the film choices:

November 25, 26 & 27, 2011 – David Lam Auditorium, University of Victoria


7 pm, Human Rights Fair, MUSIC – Clark Brendan Trio; 7:30 films begin

Speaker – Moussa Mougassa, University of Victoria

Where Do I Stand? Director: Molly Blank 

When xenophobic attacks broke out across South Africa in May 2008, many found themselves caught off guard, shocked by violence that felt like a violation of the principles of their newly democratic nation. Where Do I Stand? is a window into the lives of seven young people who are thinking deeply about their actions during and after the violence, their communities, and the state of their country.The film captures the optimistic voices of youth trying to make sense of what they experienced and the choices they made during the violence, as they carve out their own places in this complex and divided nation.

Slaves: David Aronowitsch and Hanna Heilborn. 

Slaves is an internationally awarded animated documentary about Abuk, nine, and Machiek, fifteen. Like thousands of other children, they were taken by government sponsored militia in Sudan and used as slaves. Slaves is based on an interview made in 2003 and is the second film in a series of animated documentaries with and about children in difficult situations.

Children of War: Director: Brian Single; producers Brian Single Farzad Karimi and Tinothy Beckett. 

Filmed inside the war zone of northern Uganda over a period of three years, Children of War is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows the story of a group of former child soldiers as they undergo  a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center.  The children struggle to confront and break through years of brutal abuse, extreme religious ideology, and participation in war crimes with the help of a heroic team of trauma counselors.  Children of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war.


2 pm, human rights fair, MUSIC – West My Friend: 2:30, films begin

Jungle Radio – Director: Susanne Jaeger; producers, Susanne Jaeger and Sonja Ewers.

The Jungle Radio takes us deep into the jungle of Nicaragua, where feminist Yamileth Chavarría has launched a radio station with a unique mission: denouncing rife domestic violence against women and children. Having been threatened several times herself, she does not shrink from pillorying men that commit such abuses. In her daily show ‘The Messenger Witch’, Chavarría rebukes the local perpetrators of domestic (and sexual) violence by name, thereby criticizing the local court’s sluggishness. Although Chavarría receives many death threats, she refuses to give in to intimidation: “If they shoot me on the air, everyone will hear it”.

Ten Conditions of Love: Director: Jeff Daniels. 

This is the story of Rebiya Kadeer, China’s nightmare – the woman it accuses of inciting terrorism within China’s borders. It is also the story of the ‘other Tibet’, the country its Muslim people call East Turkestan, but which the Chinese call Xinjiang Province – the other stain on China’s moral character. It is the tale of ruthless oppression of 20-million people; of global energy politics; of Superpower politicking over the War on Terror; and of the pain of a deeply loving family torn violently apart. Twice nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, once – reputedly – the richest woman in China, Rebiya Kadeer is a remarkable woman.. As “10 Conditions” continues to screen at film festivals around the world, the Chinese government maintains its efforts to silence the film and the voice of Rebiya Kadeer, calling the film “illegal counterrevolutionary propaganda”.


7 pm, human rights fair; MUSIC – Clark Brendan Trio; 7:30, films begin

Speaker: Melissa Hyland, Women’s Sexual Assault Centre  

Mrs. Goundo’s Daughter – warning: graphic content -Director Barbara Attie and Janet Goldwater.

Mrs. Goundo is fighting to remain in the United States, not  just because of the ethnic conflict and drought that has plagued her native Mali, but because threatened with deportation, her two-year-old daughter could be forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM),  like 85 percent of women and girls in Mali. Using rarely cited grounds for political asylum, Goundo must convince an immigration judge that her daughter is in danger.

The Price of Sex – Director: Mimi Chakarova. The Price of Sex is a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who’ve been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse. Intimate, harrowing and revealing, it is a story told by the young women who were supposed to be silenced by shame, fear and violence. Photojournalist Mimi Chakarova, who grew up in Bulgaria,  illuminates how even though some women escape to tell their stories, sex trafficking thrives.


2 pm, Human rights fair; MUSIC – West My Friend; 2:30 films begin

Rainbowtown – Director: Lauren Selmon Roberts. 

As war raged, Ma Feeta had to make a choice; to protect the orphaned children forced into her life or abandon them and go in search of her own family. Today, she lives with 86 of the children at a rural West African farm called Rainbow Town in the Liberian upcountry.  This moving account, narrated by Ma Feeta, three of the children – Alice, Taylor, and Faith – and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, reveals how they survived one of Africa’s bloodiest civil wars and how the children cope as a family in its aftermath. Johnson-Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace prize for her efforts to rebuild Liberia.

Taking Root – the Vision of Wangari Matthai

The world lost one of its great visionaries when Wangari Matthai passed away just weeks ago. Taking Root is a tribute to this 2003 Nobel Prize winner’s vision, determination and passion for for change.

Canadian Women’s Foundation Girls’ Fund Grants


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Dear Friends,****

Canadian Women’s Foundation is pleased to inform you that we are *now
accepting proposals for our Girls’ Fund grants*.  ****

Canadian Women's Foundation is Canada’s national public foundation
dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We fund organizations
across Canada that are using the most effective approaches to ending
violence against women, helping women move out of poverty and building
strong, resilient girls. We give particular priority to funding work with
women and girls who face multiple challenges.****

The *Girls’ Fund* supports programs working with *girls aged 9 to 13*, to
develop the resiliency to move successfully through adolescence and into
adulthood.  We are interested in funding ongoing programs that help build
strong, confident girls.  This year we are adding a new focus on enhanced
group mentoring as part of the girls programs. Organizations should *read
the criteria and instructions carefully* to understand the types of grants
and determine if their program fits the eligibility criteria.  We expect to
select approximately 25 proposals for four year funding.****

You may apply for a grant in one of three ways:****

**a)        **Girls Program grants – ranging in size from $25,000 to
$40,000 per year; ****

**b)        **Girls Program grants plus an enhanced group mentoring
component – an additional $25,000 to $40,000 per year would be available
for the group mentoring component for two years and then declining amounts
in the following years;****

**c)        **Network grants – ranging in size from $25,000 to $40,000 per

The *submission deadline is December 20, 2011*.  Applications postmarked
after this date will not be considered.  ****

The *guidelines and* *application forms are now available at *  The guidelines and application can be found by
clicking on ‘Grants and Resources’.  Please download the form and the
accompanying guidelines and review carefully.  ****

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Malcolm, Director, Girls’
Fund at 416-365-1444 ext 235 or 1-866-293-4483 ext 235 or ****

Thank you for your continued work on behalf of girls in Canada.****

** **

Maureen Adams****

Vice President, Grants and Community Initiatives****

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*These grants are made possible through the generous support of:*

Nancy Baron of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation; Ann Southam Empowerment
Fund; Zukerman Family Foundation; RBC Foundation; Dr Lori Egger and Stephen
Laut; Canadian Natural Resources Ltd; Lynda Hamilton; Hbc; Rogers Media; TD
Bank Financial Group; Women of Influence; and individual donors across the

Engaging Youth in Preventing Violence against Girls and Women

Do you know youth aged 13 to 25 interested in speaking out about violence and learning ways to combat and prevent it in their communities?

As part of antidote’s Status of Women Blue Print Project, we will be holding space for youth to learn more about how to prevent violence in their communities. These workshops will be confronting overlapping issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression.
For more information, please contact Ainjil at

JOB OPPORTUNITY: Executive Director Girls Action Foundation

GIRLS ACTION FOUNDATION* is looking for a new leader.

Canada’s leading girls and young women empowerment organization is seeking a new Executive Director. Operating on a national scale out of our head office in Montreal, GIRLS ACTION FOUNDATION is a national charitable organization that inspires and supports the empowerment, leadership and healthy development of girls and young women across Canada. Through our innovative programs, research and support to a network of over 200 partnering organizations, the GIRLS ACTION FOUNDATION reaches over 60,000 girls and young women, annually-providing opportunities for them to build strength, discover their power and gain confidence to bring their talents to the world.


GIRLS ACTION FOUNDATION is seeking a passionate, savvy, experienced champion for girls and young women. Over the past 15 years, we have increased our profile, multiplied our impact, and expanded our reach into the hearts and minds of girls and young women, and their supporters, across Canada. Now we are looking for an exceptional woman, who as a collaborative leader with a commitment to social change, can drive a new and exciting stage of our development. Working with a dedicated and diverse Board, the Executive Director will provide the vision and direction for GIRL ACTION FOUNDATION’S strategic objectives. She will provide inspiration and support to the organization’s experienced staff team, develop a revenue generation strategy to support our core and strategic work, and exercise opportunistic leadership to pursue emergent opportunities to positively impact our program activity.


The ideal candidate will have a commitment to feminist and anti-oppression perspectives and equity, and the ability to bridge popular education, social innovation and business savvy to seize new opportunities to keep the organization responsive and thriving. Familiarity with current issues related to girls and young women, especially Indigenous and racialized young women, including an understanding of related cultural and historical contexts will be an asset. She will also have experience and a demonstrated track-record in progressive management experience in social change work, in building diverse networks, in promoting capacity building, fostering organizational growth and attracting new funding.

To be considered, applicants must have demonstrated:

  • extensive experience in grant acquisition and fundraising derived from a variety of sources and using innovative approaches;
  • ability to lead, motivate and inspire staff, network members, project partners and volunteers;
  • experience in maintaining strong government relations at all levels and with national and provincial partner/territorial organizations;
  • knowledge of new communication and management technology and the ability to implement them to support the organization’s managerial and administrative functions;
  • strong conceptual ability with the capacity to understand complex operating and policy issues, evaluation frameworks, and program interrelationships;
  • excellent interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to effectively represent the organization with various stakeholders;
  • oral and written bilingualism.


To explore this incredible opportunity to lead an innovative, effective national girls organization, please forward your résumé, and cover letter outlining how your experience makes you a good fit for Girls Action Foundation
Electronic submissions are encouraged.  Deadline: November 21, 2011

More information about the Girls Action Foundation is available

The Girls Action Foundation’s national office is located in Montreal. We seek applicants interested in residing in Montreal. Salary will depend on qualifications and experience and will be negotiable within a range appropriate to the sector.

The Girls Action Foundation is committed to diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from young women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous and LGBTQ communities.

We are grateful for all applications; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.