Hello friends, I hope you are doing well. On this day of March 8, symbolizing International Women’s Rights Day highlighting the fight for women’s rights, I invite you to watch these 8 documentaries (to see on Netflix) to fully understand the issues and the need for feminism for a fairer society. March 8 is International Women’s Rights Day: an opportunity to become aware of sexism, to listen to our demands, to take stock of the fight.

1. THE RULES OF OUR FREEDOM

“Period, End of Sentence”shines by its subject, elegantly defended: the taboo of menstruation in India… We do not cry over his fate and we make sure to change his condition by taking concrete decisions. These women who decide to manufacture sanitary napkins to preserve their dignity, it is noble. Because yes, it’s a huge taboo in India as the documentary explains and showing everyone (even men) being genuinely embarrassed by the question was necessary. We are shown women who are too busy investing themselves to complain, no way to complain. It’s nice to see. I also like this camaraderie between them, this close-knit group exudes something deeply human.

2. CITY OF JOY: A CENTER SPONSORED BY UNICEF

Since 1996, the Congo has been torn apart by war. The very significant mining resources in the east of the country have led armed militias to fight a bloody battle, causing atrocities against the surrounding civilian populations. The militias use rape as a weapon, with the aim of terrorizing people, and most of the victims are women. While the scale of this disaster is difficult to quantify, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health estimates that 48 women are raped every hour in Congo.
This heartbreaking film focuses on a center, created in 2011 in eastern Congo, intended to help women victims of sexual violence during the mining conflicts that rage in the region. Created by Doctor Denis Mukwege (Nobel Peace Prize 2018), Christine Schuler Deschryver (women’s rights activist) and Eve Ensler (author of the “Vagina Monologues”), the refuge baptized “City of Joy” operates like a boarding school. The women stay there for six months and devote themselves entirely to their reconstruction.

3. TESTIMONY: WHEN RAPE BECOMES A WEAPON OF WAR

This short film tells the story of Congo’s biggest rape trialwhere soldiers were accused of extreme violence against their own people.
The documentary gives voice to many women, whose strong and powerful testimonies are all the more terrible as some of them tell them without hatred or anger, almost like a story that does not matter despite the words. horrible things that pass their lips.

4. I AM JANE DOE

This intense documentary follows the real cases of young American women who have fallen into child prostitution after being tricked by the classifieds of a newspaper. They are drugged and forced into prostitution… The fight of several mothers to condemn the leaders of the websites that offer sexual services to minors.

5. AUDRIE & DAISY: HOW TOXIC MASCULINITY AND RAPE CULTURE SUPPORTS SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN

Two high school girls, in different cities, were sexually assaultedby boys they considered friends. This online harassment leads girls to attempt suicide. One of them dies tragically. This aggression, in the age of social media, is explored through the perspective of the girls and boys involved and through communities torn apart.

6. SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY

They marked history and upset the codes. But their fight is far from over. This documentary paints a portrait of the scandalous women who were at the origin of the feminist movement in the 1960s. The film sweeps perfectly and with great passion all the issues taken up by these courageous women, who defied the mockery, norms and stereotypes incumbent on their sex.

7. BRAVE MISS WORLD

Israeli beauty queen Linor Abargil was abducted and raped in Milan, Italy, two months before she was crowned Miss World in 1998. Ten years later, she is ready to talk about it and encourage others to speak up. Now a globetrotting victim advocate, Linor encourages others to stand up against sexual violence by ending their silence. She travels to talk with teenagers in South Africa, where girls are statistically more likely to be raped than educated. For victims of sexual assault, the journey to wholeness never ends; Always, Linor Abargil, the BRAVE MISS WORLD, continues her unwavering efforts to keep nightmares at bay.

8. THE MASK YOU LIVE IN

A documentary that helps to understand the notion of toxic masculinity and why it is important to review the way boys are brought up.
How do you become yourself as a man in a country like the United States where the cult of warrior or stoic masculinityis relentlessly imposed from an early age? How can you then be able to manage your emotions when you are not supposed to have them? The documentary gives voice to adolescents, psychologists and sociologists. He details, sometimes with humor, the consequences of this education which demeans girls and locks boys behind a heavy mask to wear: lack of self-confidence, addiction to pornography, video games, suicides and homicides. Another way of understanding American civilization.

Tell me in the comments, which feminist documentaries do you watch and recommend? I can’t wait to read your recommendations …