Bringing gender equality to the big screen
Indian women continue to struggle for equal treatment, protection and respect. We partnered with filmmaker Vibha Bakshi to make a documentary about five men who are standing up to social challenges to join these women in their fight.
Seven years after the death of a medical student who was brutally gang-raped and left to die in Delhi, little had changed as gang-rape and sexual violence continued to make headlines in India.
With filmmaker Vibha Bakshi, we created “Son Rise” – a documentary that tells the stories of five men who have chosen to fight gender bias and stand side-by-side with Indian women in their struggle.
Challenging gender bias
UN women adopted the film to promote the HeForShe Movement in India and collected five million pledges from people around the world to stand up for women and challenge gender bias. We successfully lobbied the Chief Minister of Haryana to screen the film in schools, colleges, government offices and the police force in the state.