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Cannes 2015: The Kering Foundation Sponsors Round Table Discussion To Address Gender Equality & Rape

Cannes 2015: The Kering Foundation Sponsors Round Table Discussion To Address Gender Equality & Rape

Cannes is
much more than the glitz and glamour of the red carpet. It’s a place where
filmmakers gather to share important perspectives of a changing world, where
the issues of a global society and human rights can be addressed through
creativity, conversation and media.

While Kering launched this year the ‘Women in Motion’ series, a five year initiative in partnership with the Cannes Film Festival, the Kering Foundation, which advocates women’s rights and fair representation of their perspectives and stories in the film industry, organized a round table discussion “How can cinema help improve women’s rights?” addressed how cinema can be used as “a platform to raise awareness about women’s causes” and specifically focused on the universal issue of rape and the abuse of women.

Panelists included Inbal Lessner, producer and editor, and
Linor
Abargil, Miss World 1998, rape survivor, and activist (Brave Miss World) Leslee Udwin, director, producer and
actress (India’s daughter)
 Deniz Gamze, director and actress (Mustang) and was moderated by 
Eric Garandeau, former president of
Centre National du Cinéma (France’s national film board).

With humor,
grace & courage, Linor Abargil shared her story of how she was raped just
before she won Miss World in 1998. The documentary of her story “Brave Miss
World” was created to as a tool of awareness to empower men and women everywhere
to speak out about rape. You can learn more about the film and how to take action
by visiting the film’s website.
“Brave Miss World” is also available on Netflix.

Panelist Leslee Udwin
shared the impact of her film “India’s Daughter”, a documentary about Jyoti
Singh who was brutally raped to death on a bus in India in 2012. Regardless of
India’s ban of the film, it has received a groundswell of support from Indians
and people worldwide, and has gone viral on the Internet, with over 1 million
views and counting. “India’s Daughter” will continue to be used to facilitate
gender equality on the international scale through the support of international
nonprofits.

More About The Kering Foundation:

Kering
Foundation. Launched in 2009, the Kering Corporate Foundation combats Violence
against Women. It supports NGOs and social entrepreneurs, helps raise awareness
on Violence against Women and encourages employee involvement in the Americas,
Western Europe and Asia. More than 140,000 women benefited from the
Foundation’s support since its inception.

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