Gendercide documentary to be screened Thursday

Western Carolina University will screen “It’s A Girl,” a documentary about gendercide in India and China, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center on Thursday, Feb. 14.

Sponsored by WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs, the event begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The documentary sheds light on reports of girls killed, aborted or abandoned because of their gender through the stories of victims, their families, global experts and grassroots experts. The film’s director, Evan Grae Davis, has said the goal is to educate audience members about gendercide and compel them to action to stop gendercide.

Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services with WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs, said the screening at WCU is part of the global V-Day 2013 movement to stop violence against women and girls and the movement’s One Billion Rising campaign. The yearlong campaign, which concludes Feb. 14, includes community gatherings such as the “It’s A Girl” screening that are designed to express outrage, demand change and show defiance for injustices women have suffered.

“On this day, at this event, we will move together to create a new culture of peace and acceptance,” said Carter. “Violence against women starts from day one. We need to alter the way we view women and their roles in society, beginning from birth, so we may build a more equitable society.”

Mikayla Mann, a sophomore from Hillsborough majoring in sociology and coordinator of WCU’s participation in the One Billion Rising campaign, said the documentary is incredibly powerful.

“‘It’s a Girl’ are just three words that we give power to – power that comes from devaluing women and girls,” said Mann. “It’s not only in other countries that women experience violence, but also on our campus. It’s my hope with our part in the movement that we will ignite a fire that will create a change for any woman or girl who has ever experienced violence.”

The screening will be followed by a student-led discussion, and representatives from WCU Counseling and Psychological Services will be available.

In addition to the documentary, WCU will host V-Day activities including a guided discussion titled “V-Men: Standing Up and Speaking Out” in the A.K. Hinds University Center Multipurpose room at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26; performances of “The Vagina Monologues” in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom at 7 p.m. Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2; and a Women’s History Monday Day of Service on Saturday, March 16. Admission is free to all events except “The Vagina Monolgues.” Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.

Proceeds from V-Day activities benefit the Clean Slate Coalition, REACH of Macon County, the WCU Sexual Violence Awareness Fund and the V-Day Spotlight Foundation: One Billion Rising.

For more information, contact Carter at or 828-227-2617.