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Women & Girls

Documentaries motivate individuals, organisations, and communities to get involved, support relevant initiatives, and advocate for policy changes that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The first wave of feminism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries focused on women’s suffrage, property rights, and educational opportunities. Today, efforts highlight more contemporary issues such as reproductive rights, workplace equality and gender roles.  Despite progress being made in achieving gender equality, it has been slow and hindered by patriarchal norms and traditions.  

Women and girls still face disparities in access to education and employment opportunities. Gender stereotypes, wage gaps, and limited representation in leadership positions persist, hindering their socioeconomic advancement. Women and girls continue to experience high rates of gender-based harassment and violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Access to quality healthcare, reproductive rights, and maternal health remain important issues for women and girls. 

Documentaries provide a platform to delve into these critical issues, conduct in-depth research, and create compelling narratives that highlight the challenges, experiences, and achievements of women and girls across different contexts and cultures. Documentaries motivate individuals, organisations, and communities to get involved, support relevant initiatives, and advocate for policy changes that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. They can spark conversations, inspire activism, and ultimately contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable society for women and girls.  

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Completed Documentary Australia-supported Women & Girls projects:

Geeta Strong Female Lead Girl’s Can’t Surf
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Rosemary’s Way I am a Girl Rachel’s Farm
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Danielle MacLean and Sal Balharrie

Four girls from the remote Tiwi Islands community set out on a journey to follow their sporting dreams.

Will McCallum

Colonial authorities may have stopped Makassan seafarers from reaching Australia, but the ties to First Nations live on.

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Sue Thomson

The hidden faces of homelessness.

PTSD Love Stories

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Arun Ketsirat

Who cares for the Carers?

Gena Riess

Big dreams wrestle bitter truths as three teenage girls pursue Olympic history and their freedom.

Cath Murphy

Six short animated documentarie about socially sanctioned abuse by those who were supposed to be protecting them.

Travis Beard

How the West failed Afghanistan through the eyes of those who lived it.

upasna Ved

Every 30 minutes an Indian farmer commits suicide.  These are the stories of survival of the widows they leave behind.