The Why Foundation and the City of Copenhagen have collaborated to put gender equality on top of the public agenda while Copenhagen hosts Women Deliver 2016.
Read more about the many initiatives to promote gender equality in Copenhagen here.



Women Deliver is a leading, global advocate for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing, Women Deliver brings together diverse voices and interests to drive progress in maternal, sexual, and reproductive health and rights. Women Deliver build capacity, share solutions, and forge partnerships, together creating coalitions, communication, and action that spark political commitment and investment in girls and women.



The National Museum of Denmark invites you to join the event Kvindestemmer / Female Voices. A cozy and cultural afterparty closing the huge Women Deliver conference, which is in Copenhagen this year. Taste delicious treats and drinks, get enchanted by the whimsical sounds from DJ Dalia’s music, or enjoy a fashion show presenting female trends in the historical perspective of women’s emancipation. You can also watch a thought provoking film on au pair girls in the Middle East, experience docu-theatre about Indian surrogate mothers, listen to highly relevant debates, and much more.
 Please find the entire programme here


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On occasion of the global conference Women Deliver in Copenhagen this May, The Royal Library presents Faith, Feminism and Freedom – three international, public events in The Black Diamond!

Tuesday May 17th at 8 pm the internationally renowned author, sociologist and ‘TED-talker’ Michael Kimmel will be a guest on International Authors’ Stage. Mr. Kimmel will discuss his latest and much-discussed book Angry White Men, and talk in general about his prolific research work on gender equality over the last 40 years. Read more here 

On Wednesday May 18th at 5 pm The Royal Library will host a screening of 5 short films and a documentary produced by The Why Foundation and narrated by the Academy Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren. The films focus on conditions for women and girls around the world and will be introduced by author Trine Beckett and young feminist activist Emma Holten who both contributed to the scripts. Read more here. 

For the final event The Royal Library has invited to prominent voices in the public debate: The French rabbi Delphine Horvilleur and the Danish imam Sherin Khankan will meet on stage under the headline Female Pioneers of Faith in The Black Diamond Thursday May 19th at 5 pm. Read more here. 


All 10 short films will be screened at Kunsthal Charlottenborg from 19th – 22th May.


In May 50 Danish libraries will focus on the theme WOMAN, marking the occasion of the International Conference “Women Deliver” and in cooperation with The WHY Foundation. Women’s health, rights and well-being is on the global agenda. What does this mean in Denmark, one of the world’s most liberal countries?

In Denmark, gender equality has reached certain milestones and the views on women have changed dramatically seen in a historical perspective, but also in recent times through globalisation and migration.The Libraries will bring the discussion of women’s rights to all corners of Denmark, with local activities including seminars, screenings and discussions in 50 different locations. .

In January 2016 the Danish newspaper Information published the testimonies of five women who had been raped and urged others to contribute with theirs. A large issued appeared as the editorial office received more than 170 approaches from people who were willing to share their stories. Some of the testimonies are now gathered in a video montage that is being displayed at Charlottenborg from May 17 to 22.

All assaults are different but they share certain similarities: feelings of guilt, shame and doubt. The women in project Vidnesbyrd stand forward to fight those feelings. When we hear their testimonies a taboo is broken.
The testimonies can be read at:


DR School og DR Education has worked closely with The Why Foundation on several projects. The informative films from WHY DEMOCRACY? and WHY POVERTY? were a powerful supplement in teaching contexts. We developed educational material for both primary and secondary education and focused on the issues and dilemmas presented in the films. In 2016 we will be using the short films and documentaries from the WHY WOMEN? project in educational material targeted secondary schools in social studies.


At the Women’s Museum we create curiosity, dialogue, reflection and knowledge about the importance of gender – historically, currently and in the future. From the 8th of May to the 29th of May, the Women’s Museum will show the 10 short films about girls and women’s conditions on the occasion of the international conference Women Deliver which takes place in Copenhagen in May 2016.


Rise Films is an Oscar nominated and three-time Emmy winning production company.

Rise Films’ award winning productions include THE INVISIBLE WAR, THE INTERRUPTERS, WE ARE TOGETHER, ROUGH AUNTIES, KNUCKLE, DREAMCATCHER and WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? starring Gael García Bernal. Other films and television programmes include COWBOYS IN INDIA, ROAD TO LAS VEGAS and a world exclusive for BBC TWO on the controversial runner, Caster Semenya.

Rise has produced films and television programmes for broadcasters including BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Showtime and HBO, which have gone on to win multiple awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

Roman comedy, PLEBS became ITV2’s highest rating comedy ever and the show is now going into production for its third series. The sitcom has won multiple awards including a Broadcast Award and a Royal Television Society Award, as well as receiving two BAFTA nominations.



Since 2002 Ilse and Femke van Velzen are specialised in making documentaries. They expose injustice (in developing countries) to a worldwide audience and give oppressed people a voice. Ilse and Femke operate, produce and direct documentaries as independent film makers under their own label IFPRODUCTIONS.

IFPRODUCTIONS is more than just a film label. An essential part of the film makers is to fight injustice by using the produced documentaries as sustainable educational projects. Ilse and Femke reach out to local communities by bringing back their films as educational tools to lift people out of inequality and violence. The project ‘The Mobile Cinema’ in the Democratic Republic of Congo is an example of one of these projects. It is a cinema that travels from village to village in east Congo and shows a film about sexual violence to thousands of people to make the subject discussible and to overcome injustice.