When: Thursday 21st October 2021, 10.30am to 11:15am CEST/CAT
Where: Online on Zoom or Watch our Livestream on YouTube
A coalition of 9 NGOs organising the European Week of Action for Girls (EWAG) is delighted to invite you to a virtual event where EWAG youth advocates discuss with the EU Commission and Netflix about girls’ rights.
EWAG youth advocates partner up once more with Netflix to bring awareness to issues and experiences of young women in Europe and Africa related to social justice, gender stereotypes, gender equality and representation of girls on screen.
Please join us online October 21, from 10:30am CEST, to discuss girls’ empowerment with guest speakers Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission and Busisiwe Ntintili, creator and showrunner of Netflix series JIVA! and Sunni Faba writer of How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding. The event will be moderated by EWAG youth advocate Claudia who will be joined by her fellow advocate, Maja.
Registration is necessary to attend the event on Zoom and will close on October 20. Link and password will be sent with your confirmation email.
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Bios of Speakers
Moderator: Claudia, 23, Ghana
Claudia volunteers with the Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) and is currently the National President of its youth wing called the Youth Action Movement (YAM), as well as the Chairperson for the West Africa Anglophone YAM sub region. She is a Youth Advocate and a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Activist.
Claudia is engaged in quite a number of advocacy activities in relation to the rights of the girl child and women, including partaking in affirmative action walks to sensitize the public on the need to include women in decision making, to ensure equitable distribution of resources, and to fight against discrimination against women, in school and out of school; outreaches to empower and build the capacities of young girls by holding Life Planning Skills (LPS) trainings for them; and engagement with some stakeholders, religious and community leaders on issues relating to the rights of the girl child. Claudia organises the members of her association, the Youth Action Movement, to actively engage and participate in the fight to end child marriages in Ghana, whilst partnering with like minded organisations like the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA).
Two major questions interest Claudia and she hopes to discuss them with the EU decision makers: violence against women and girls, and access to quality education and health services for women and girls.
Speaker: Maja 21, Sweden
Maja is a 21-year-old university student-teacher based in Stockholm. She has been a volunteer at the organization Plan International Sweden since 2015. At the end of 2019 she participated in EWAG in Brussels. She has been educated in the subject of ”Teenage girls in crisis and conflicts” and has also been a moderator in different events. Since 2016 she is also an observant in the Swedish board of Plan International.
She has enjoyed her Plan journey so far and is so happy to be part of the organization. In 2017 she was traveling with the organization to Indonesia and met other young people, after that she became even more engaged. Meeting other young people with different backgrounds is very educational, since it brings a lot of new perspective. Her main areas of interest are girls rights and youth participation. She is also very invested in matters of menstrual health and how it can affect girls future.
Sunni Faba – Netflix writer
Sunni Faba is a SAFTA nominated writer and director. She is a passionate storyteller with an impressive body of work as a writer and director. Sunni has been at the helm of highly rated and popular TV shows and Head Writer for The Herd II (Mzansi Magic); The Imposter II (Mzansi Magic) and medical drama Vutha (SABC).
Her scriptwriting and story lining credits include the romantic comedy How To Ruin Christmas: The Wedding on Netflix; Nqobile (Mzansi Magic); cult-classic Ayeye (Vuzu) and breakthrough telenovela Isibaya (Mzansi Magic) among others. She was Creative Producer and Story Editor for eTV’s hit telenovela Broken Vows (eTV). Sunni was also the lead scriptwriter for the 22nd South African Music Awards (SAMA’s) showing her diverse range in storytelling.
As a director, Sunni’s latest film Ebumnyameni debuted on SABC and has been selected for the Jozi Film Festival 2021. Her foundation comes from theatre roots that inform her performance and character driven directing style. Sunni has directed over a dozen short drama films for Mzansi Magic’s Lokshin Bioskop format, grossing high ratings for the films like Mogudu Wars, Houseband and S’khwama. She has also successfully directed for the popular e-TV eKasi format films while fine-tuning her craft as a filmmaker.
Busisiwe Ntintili – creator and showrunner
Busisiwe Ntintili is a multiple award-winning film and television writer, director and producer and has been working with the written word for more than twenty years. Most recently she created, wrote, directed and executive produced the original Netflix drama series Jiva! And is the screenwriter of the box office hit “Happiness is a Four Letter Word”, which is the highest grossing black produced film in South Africa. Her work ranges from soap operas and telenovelas to comedies, mini-series, feature films and award winning drama series.
Ms Ntintili has also directed television drama series, corporate videos and documentaries, including directing a Parliamentary documentary film about the 1956 Women’s March and directing a series of 25 short films for the launch exhibition of the prestigious National Freedom Park Museum. Her work has been seen throughout the African diaspora, from the African continent, to the 193 countries on Netflix’s platform. She worked closely with Alyson Feltes, of “Ozarks” fame, as a scriptwriter on the South African/Canadian co-production drama series “Jozi H”.
Ms Ntintili has trained and mentored groups and individuals of up and coming black filmmakers for the past two decades, many of whom have gone on to have successful careers in the tv and film industries. Her lifelong vision is for her work to contribute to restoring the pride of the South African child, to highlighting the beauty, originality and humanity of South Africans, and to giving South Africans creative tools to transform their lives.
Věra Jourová – Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency
Věra Jourová is currently Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency and deals with democracy, rule of law, fight against disinformation and media pluralism. From 2014 to 2019, she served as EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality.
In 2014, before arriving to the European Commission, Ms Jourová held the position of Minister for Regional Development in the Czech Republic. Previous to this, from 2006 to 2013, she worked in her own company as an international consultant on European Union funding, and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to the European Union Accession. She holds a Degree in Law (Mgr.) and a Master’s degree (Mgr.) in the Theory of Culture from the Charles University, Prague.