“The Stoning of Soraya M.,” is moving film about a woman wrongly persecuted in a rural Iranian village. The film, which opened June 26th, 2009 in a variety of theaters across the country, took the Audience Award for Best Picture at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
This provocative film demonstrates the injustices many women around the world experience in their daily lives through the story of one woman’s struggle to finally let the world know about her small village’s ugliest, most guarded secret.
Around the world, women continue to be discriminated against or attacked outright for the simple crime of being a woman.
In Afghanistan, rates of domestic violence are increasing and schoolgirls are subjected to acid attacks for the crime of attempting to attend school.
In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, women are the target of an ongoing campaign of rape employed by armed combatants attempting to seize power.
And in Iran, where The Stoning of Soraya M. takes place, women have been subjected to the brutal punitive system of stoning. The film and the work of Women for Women International both demonstrate that marginalized women should be empowered to access their human rights and full economic, political and social participation for the betterment of the community and the society overall.
For more information on the film, click here. The world needs to know about this. Please blog it, tweet about it and spread it virally across borders.