UN Women to host Facebook Live with actor and activist Geena Davis ahead of “This Changes Everything” premiere

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Join us for an inspiring conversation about This Changes Everything, a new film focusing on the underrepresentation and missrepresentation of women in the entertainment industry

On 5 August, UN Women will broadcast aFacebook Live conversationwith Academy-Award winning actor and activist Geena Davis, ahead of the premiere of the film, This Changes Everything, beginning at 2 p.m. (EDT). 

Told first-hand by some of Hollywood’s leading voices behind and in front of the camera, This Changes Everything is a feature-length documentary that uncovers what is beneath one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry—the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women.

Research has progressed since the first-ever global study on female characters in popular film was commissioned by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, with support from UN Women and The Rockefeller Foundation. The data from the 2014 study showed less than one third of all speaking characters in film are female. Less than a quarter of the fictional on-screen workforce is comprised of women, and when they are employed, females are largely absent from powerful positions on screen.

This online event will give audience members around the world an opportunity to learn the importance of changing the culture of false narratives, stereotypes and inequalities that has long defined the history of film and television. 

The panellists for the Facebook Live conversation include Tom Donahue, director of This Changes Everything and Academy Award-winner and activist Geena Davis, who is featured in the new film and also its Executive Producer. The conversation, moderated by UN Women’s Oisika Chakrabarti, will explore solutions to end discrimination against women in the film and media industry.

Tune into fb.com/unwomen to watch live, and use #ThisChangesEverythingHollywood to join the conversation.