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Ciné-ONU: RBG

On 5th March 2019, Ciné-ONU screened ‘RBG’ in partnership with the European Commission, UN Women and UNFPA at BOZAR in Brussels in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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By the age of 84, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now.

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Deborah Seward, Director of UNRIC, introduced the event to an audience of more than 500. A discussion followed the screening with Françoise Tulkens, former Judge and Vice-President of the European Court of Human Rights, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, CEO of POLITICO Europe; Monika Ladmanová, Advisor and Member of the Cabinet of the EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality; Dagmar Schumacher, Director, UN Women Brussels Office; and moderator Sietske Steneker, Director, UNFPA Brussels.

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Monika Ladmanova commented that we need strong women in leadership. “In the upcoming elections this May, each of us can do something for gender equality. When there is a strong voice coming from society, it is easier for us to act,” she said, urging the audience to vote. According to Françoise Tulkens “It’s not the law that changes society, it’s society that changes the law.”

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According to Dagmar Schumacher, the film demonstrates what can be done in just a few years. “When we look at legal frameworks around girls, 139 countries do have frameworks, but how many do not?” Adding that, “we really have to make sure to enforce legislation.” Monika Ladmanova stated that “We must be vigilant! Some policies are pushing women out of the labour market.” Panellists agreed that gender equality is intersectional and can only be reached if everyone is involved.

Dagmar Schumacher stated that the HeForShe Campaign is for every single man to engage in. Nonetheless, women need a voice. Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson explained that while we need to create a harmony, it’s also important to keep women in the narrative. “Who are the opinion leaders? Opinion pieces construct narratives, so who’s writing the op-eds? In 2005, just 10% of opinion pieces in the Wall Street Journal were written by women, now it is 19%.” What they write about is just as important to constructing the narrative.

Sietske Steneker concluded the night, by inviting the audience to a reception to celebrate International Women’s Day.

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To see pictures from the evening, click here.

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