Beginning in 2016, MALA held nationwide screenings of HE NAMED ME MALALA in the United States through a grant from GlobalGiving and Participant Media. Garnering a global audience, the screenings were held at high profile conferences including the UN Commission on the Status of Women 60th Session; Conference on Global Affairs 2016; Global Status of Women and Girls; and World Affairs Council of Atlanta. Panel discussions aimed to increase awareness about the importance of Malala’s story to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education, and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The universal message of the film, being applicable on a global context, was also shared through powerful grassroots community screenings. This included a screening at the Flint Institute of Arts in Michigan, where the community took a stand for social justice issues both domestically and globally, embracing Malala’s message to speak out for change. The screening was also held in Dearborn, Michigan at the Arab American National Museum; Minneapolis, Minnesota with the Somalian American Community; and twice at the Toledo Museum of Art. MALA also held two screenings of the film at Loyola University’s Center for the Human Rights of Children with UNICEF. Campus screenings included Northwestern University; Northeastern University IL; and University of Seattle Washington.
Gender equality and human rights is the responsibility of all individuals and of the society as whole, and requires the active contribution and input from both women and men. The dynamic screenings and panel discussions included a focus on the participation of men and boys in achieving gender equality in order to be consistent with the empowerment of women and girls, even in regions and environments where women and girls remain most vulnerable to violence and inequality. Audience members acknowledged that efforts must be made to address the undervaluation of many types of work, abilities, and roles associated with women. A powerful wrap-up touched base on the importance of available resources for gender equality initiatives so that opportunities and resources for women and girls may never be compromised. Attendees were also informed on how they could continuously take action to stand #withMalala and support the global campaign for girls’ education.