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Netflix & UN Women Launches Special Collection

“Because She Watched” collection celebrates the power of storytelling this International Women’s Day

Netflix and UN Women today launched “Because She Watched ” – a special Netflix collection of series, documentaries, and films to celebrate International Women’s Day. The collection, which will be available all year, is curated by female creators from behind and in front of the camera, who live all around the world – including Malaysia’s Fatimah Abu Bakar, Sophia Loren, Salma Hayek, Stranger Things’ star Millie Bobby Brown and Lana Condor from To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

“This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish,” said Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director. 

(L-R) Mindy Kaling, Fatimah Abu Bakar, Lana Condor, Millie Bobby Brown

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Created for International Women’s Day, whose official theme this year is “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights,” the collection celebrates the stories that have inspired the women who inspire us. These series, films and documentaries – Unbelievable, Luna Nera and Followers to Orange Is the New Black and Lionheart – have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the status quo and the way we see the world. 

“It’s important to see strong women characters on screen who defy the odds as they teach young women to stand up tall and overcome barriers. I felt the most empowered when I was involved in Maria, it mirrored my own life at the time and it was interesting to say the least to flit in and out of reality. The experience was truly enriching,”

Fatimah Abu Bakar, well-admired Malaysian thespian, writer and acting coach. 
Fatimah Abu Bakar

The collection is available at Netflix.com/BecauseSheWatched – or by searching “Because She Watched  on Netflix.

Every title in the collection will be labeled “XXXX’s Women’s Day Pick” so members can easily see who picked which story. In addition, members will be able to choose from a selection of “Because She Watched” profile icons to celebrate their favorite female characters from the collection. 

Fatimah chose Babies, a docuseries that explores a decade of groundbreaking science that reveals the emotional and astounding story of a baby’s first year of life – from first breath to first steps.

Babies lets us peep into the exquisitely mysterious world of these complex little human beings and how both parents are immensely involved in the process of raising and caring for them.

It’s important to show that fatherhood is just as deep as motherhood,”

“TV and film have the power to reflect and shape popular culture, which is why we believe it’s so important that more people see their lives reflected in storytelling,” 

Fatimah Abu Bakar

“Our research has shown that inclusion behind the camera leads to greater inclusion on screen.

We’re encouraged that last year, 20% of the directors of Netflix original films were women and we are excited to celebrate these female creators on International Women’s Day.

There’s still more to do to reach equality, but by recognizing female talent from around the world, we hope more women will feel encouraged to tell their stories, pushing that number even higher.” 

Dr. Stacy L. Smith, Founder of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative

UN Women and Netflix’s partnership in support of the  Generation Equality campaign comes on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, recognized as a visionary agenda for women’s rights. We hope that it will spread the message that realizing women’s rights means putting women front and center to achieve gender equality.

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Please find the women who curated the Because She Watched collection below: 

Alejandra Azcárate – Colombia

Alice Wu – United States

Andrea Barata Ribeiro – Brazil

Anna Winger – Germany

Ava DuVernay – United States

Barbara Lopez – Mexico 

Beren Saat – Turkey

Bruna Mascarenhas – Brazil

Cecilia Suárez – México 

Chris Nee – United States

Christian Serratos  – United States

Cindy Bishop – Thailand

Elena Fortes – Mexico

Esther Acebo – Spain

Fadily Camara – France

Fanny Herrero – France

Fatimah Abu Bakar – Malaysia

Francesca Comencini – Italy

Giovanna Ewbank – Brazil

Hanna Ardéhn – Sweden

Hazar Erguclu – Turkey

Hend Sabry – Egypt 

Ida Elise Broch – Norway

Janet Mock – United States

Joyce Cheng – Hong Kong

Juliana Vicente – Brazil

Kemi Adetiba – Nigeria 

Kiara Advani – India

Lali Espósito – Argentina

Lana Condor – United States

Lauren Morelli – United States

Laurie Nunn – England

Laverne Cox – United States

Liz Garbus – United States

Logan Browning – United States

Lynn Fainchtein – Mexico 

Marcela Benjumea – Colombia

Mercedes Morán – Argentina

Mika Ninagawa – Japan

Millie Bobby Brown – United Kingdom

Mina El Hammani – Spain

Mindy Kaling – United States

Mira Lesmana – Indonesia

Mithila Palkar – India

Nahnatchka Khan – United States

Ngô Thanh Vân  – Vietnam

Nosipho Dumisa – South Africa 

Pathy Dejesus– Brazil

Paulina Garcia  – Chile

Petra Costa – Brazil

Salma Hayek – Mexico

Sandi Tan – Singapore

Shefali Shah – India

Sophia Loren – Italy

Yalitza Aparicio – Mexico 

Additional Quotes:

Shefali Shah’s Women’s Day Pick: Delhi Crime

“Women need to and must stand up for the rights of other women. The series brings to life the battle for justice that one woman fights on behalf of another, and the impact we can together make.” 

Sophia Loren’s Women’s Day Pick: The Crown

“It takes resilience and courage to be yourself. The resilience to stand up to what society expects of you whilst never being the victim of other people’s expectations and the courage not to sacrifice who you are. This series left a strong impression with me because it deals with these themes.”

Salma Hayek’s Women’s Day Pick: Unbelievable

“A meaningful piece of work about the importance of women being heard. Director Lisa Cholodenko and writer Susannah Grant have created a riveting series by interweaving stories of different women – beautifully brought to life by an incredibly talented cast. This work is a reminder that women are precious and that our voices are essential in the fight for justice.” 

Millie Bobby Brown’s Women’s Day Pick: Miss Americana

“I chose Miss Americana because it followed a true story of a woman trying to navigate a difficult industry.”

Lana Condor’s Women’s Day Pick: Grace and Frankie

“I chose Grace and Frankie because it champions the idea that women can be vibrant, active, entrepreneurs at any age. And celebrates the importance of female relationships.”

Mindy Kaling’s Women’s Day Pick: Chewing Gum

“Chewing Gum is one the most original comedy series of all time. Michaela Coel is hilarious and touching as a young, sheltered woman who longs for passion and adventure in her little English town. It’s wonderful to see such a talented, young woman of color create her own show.”

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About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with over 167 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

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