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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
Where to watch: Fan-Force  Where to watch: DocPlay Where to watch: DocPlay

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Clare Plueckhahn

Splitsville tackles financial abuse, navigating legal, social, emotional and financial situations to a better life.

Rachel Dunn

Gives women the facts about breastfeeding so they can say, “This is my body; this is my baby; this is my decision."

Agnieszka + Shane Burrell

“We Are Waiting” explores war's echoes through three intersecting lives, unveiling the lasting damage to children.

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.

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Arun Ketsirat

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Eliza Cox

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