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VOA Presents Documentary Profiling Global Women Leaders

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 premiers September 24th at the Asia Society at 5:30 pm in New York City. A panel discussion will follow.

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 better inform poor pregnant women in Mumbai.

Peggy Liu joins a panel discussion on empowering girls and women following the film premier at the Asia Society. She will be joined by Aamina Awan, who leads the UN Women’s global youth engagement strategy for the HerForShe Campaign; VOA’s Beth Mendelson, the Senior Executive Producer of A Single Step; Amina Mohammed, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning; Josette Sheeran, President and CEO of the Asia Society; and The Hon. Kevin Rudd, President of the Asia Society Policy Institute and former Australian Prime Minister.

Tune in to or at 5:30pm E.T. for a free live video webcast of the discussion. Viewers are encouraged to submit questions to or via Twitter by using the hashtag #AskAsia.

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