This Monday, Jan. 23, the University’s Jewish life organization, Hillel, will be screening the film Brave Miss World from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Campus Diversity Inclusion (CDI). This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Gender Justice.,
“Hillel wanted to create an event that was not only relevant to our culture, but others could relate to. Showing Brave Miss World brings up topics regarding women’s rights, and really shows that sexual assault can happen to anyone,” said Lauren Simon, a Co-Outreach Chair for Hillel. “We got involved with CDI since this movie is ultimately about women’s issues and rape culture. Uniting with the [Center for Gender Justice] was a perfect collaboration to make the event relatable to all.”
The film is based a true story that follows the journey of Miss Israel Linor Abigail who was abducted, abused and raped while in Milan, Italy. Six weeks after this traumatic experience, she represented her country in the Miss World competition, the oldest existing international beauty competition, of 1998. After winning the title of Miss World, Abigail was determined to make a difference in the lives of women who have faced sexual assault. In order to break the silence regarding rape, she became an activist, obtained a law degree and interviewed rape victims across the globe. Following the film, there will be a discussion of the film and issues at large regarding women’s rights and international rape culture.