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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 – including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay.

“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.


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, Lionheart and Sex Education – have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world.

“Having a world where everyone is truly represented is about true democracy. And truly seeing ourselves allows us to envision endless possibilities for ourselves and each other”, said actress Laverne Cox. “Orange Is the New Black is the first project where I felt genuinely empowered as a woman thanks to the woman at the helm of the show, Jenji Kohan, and the many women directors, writers, producers, and crew members as well as the stories that centered diverse women in an unprecedented way. This show created a space and platform for me as a black openly trans woman that created space for other openly trans women of all races to be truly seen in the depth of our humanity”.

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.

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

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.

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

  1. Alejandra Azcárate  (Colombia) – Vis a Vis
  2. Alice Wu  (United States) – Frances Ha
  3. Andrea Barata Ribeiro  (Brazil) – Sex Education
  4. Anna Winger  (Germany) – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  5. Ava DuVernay  (United States) – A Wrinkle in Time
  6. Barbara Lopez  (Mexico) – Scandal
  7. Beren Saat  (Turkey) – Bird Box
  8. Bruna Mascarenhas  (Brazil) – Quien Te Cantará
  9. Cecilia Suárez  (Mexico) –  Marriage Story
  10. Chris Nee  (United States) – Orange is the New Black
  11. Christian Serratos  (United States) – The Goop Lab
  12. Cindy Bishop  (Thailand) – Anne with an E
  13. Elena Fortes  (Mexico) – Atlantique
  14. Esther Acebo  (Spain) – Chef’s Table: Bo Songvisava
  15. Fadily Camara  (France) – How to Get Away with Murder
  16. Fanny Herrero  (France) – Je Parle Toute Seule
  17. Fatimah Abu Bakar  (Malaysia) – Babies
  18. Francesca Comencini  (Italy) – What Happened, Miss Simone?
  19. Giovanna Ewbank  (Brazil) – The Most Beautiful Thing
  20. Hanna Ardéhn  (Sweden) – Silence of the Lambs
  21. Hazar Erguclu  (Turkey) – House of Cards
  22. Hend Sabry  (Egypt) – Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold
  23. Ida Elise Broch  (Norway) – RuPaul’s Drag Race
  24. Janet Mock  (United States) – Paris Is Burning
  25. Joyce Cheng  (Hong Kong) – Queer Eye
  26. Juliana Vicente  (Brazil) – When They See Us
  27. Kemi Adetiba  (Nigeria) – King of Boys
  28. Kiara Advani  (India) – Lust Stories
  29. Lali Espósito  (Argentina) – Notting Hill
  30. Lana Condor  (United States) – Grace and Frankie
  31. Lauren Morelli  (United States) – Julie & Julia
  32. Laurie Nunn  (England) – The Keepers
  33. Laverne Cox  (United States) – A Call to Courage
  34. Liz Garbus  (United States) – She’s Gotta Have It
  35. Logan Browning  (United States) – Someone Great
  36. Lynn Fainchtein  (Mexico) – 2001: Space Odyssey
  37. Marcela Benjumea  (Colombia) – Dead to Me
  38. Mercedes Morán  (Argentina) – Aquarius
  39. Mika Ninagawa  (Japan) – In the Realm of the Senses
  40. Millie Bobby Brown  (United Kingdom) – Miss Americana
  41. Mina El Hammani  (Spain) – ¿Qué Co#o Está Pasando?
  42. Mindy Kaling  (United States) – Chewing Gum
  43. Mira Lesmana  (Indonesia) – ROMA
  44. Mithila Palkar  (India) – Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette
  45. Nahnatchka Khan (United States) – Young Adult
  46. Ngô Thanh Vân  (Vietnam) – Wonder Woman
  47. Nosipho Dumisa  (South Africa) – Gravity
  48. Pathy Dejesus  (Brazil) – Raising Dion
  49. Paulina Garcia  (Chile) – Deux Jours, Une Nuit
  50. Petra Costa  (Brazil) – Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
  51. Salma Hayek  (Mexico) – Unbelievable
  52. Sandi Tan  (Singapore) – Russian Doll
  53. Shefali Shah  (India) – Delhi Crime
  54. Sophia Loren  (Italy) – The Crown
  55. Yalitza Aparicio  (Mexico) – Knock Down the House
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