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VOA Documentary Screening at U.S. Institute of Peace

Academy Award winner Sally Field hosts and narrates VOA’s new documentary A Single Step: Journeys of Women Leaders exploring the barriers women face in the developed and developing worlds in human rights, health, climate change and civil society.

Produced in partnership with the Asia Broadcasting Union, the 30-minute documentary will have its first Washington screening on Tuesday, November 3rd at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) at 4 pm. A panel discussion will immediately follow the film. There will then be a reception at 5:15 pm.

A Single Step is “an important initiative for VOA as we profile women leaders around the world who are change agents and role models for future generations,” says Acting VOA Director Kelu Chao. “This is the type of programming that will have a lasting impact with our global audiences.”

The five women profiled in this film are agents of change: Katie Meyler is one of TIME’s Person of the Year for her work during the Ebola crisis in Liberia; Peggy Liu is helping to create a more environmentally conscious China; Sharon Bhagwan Rolls is giving women a voice in Fiji; Dr. Sachiko Kuno is nurturing social entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C.; and Dr. Aparna Hegde is using mobile phones to provide critical health care information to poor pregnant women in Mumbai.

The keynote address will be given by Cathy Russell, U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. John F. Lansing, chief executive officer and the director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, will introduce the film. The moderator of the panel discussion will be Tara D. Sonenshine, former under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs. Panel speakers will include Beth Mendelson, the senior executive producer of A Single Step; Kathleen Kuehnast, senior gender advisor at the USIP; and Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, co-founder and executive director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN).

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