United Nations

July 10th, 2017

Sands of Silence was featured at the High-Level Political Forum, United Nations, New York.

We had the honor to present our film at the panel entitled

Eradicate Poverty by Eradicating Silence About Sexual Violence:
Forging the Link Between Gender Rights and Prosperity through Arts and Media

along with our partner Equality Now

“Exploitation, violence against women and poverty go together.”
— Román Oyarzun Marchesi, Spain’s Mission to the U.N. Ambassador

Check out this short video clip of the opening remarks by Spain’s Permanent Mission to the UN Ambassador:


“For those people who do not care about social issues:
Rape is the most costly crime in the US and in most countries.
It tears apart our social fabric because all the money we need to spend                                                                              in legal, law enforcement and medical areas.”
—Elizabeth Cronin, Director of the New York Office of Victim Services

Elizabeth Croning addressing the panel

Main character and survivor Virginia Isaias, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle, editor Marla Ulloa

Access to technology can counter sexual exploitation | FORBES


SANDS OF SILENCE Film Campaign Featured in Forbes Magazine:

by Rebecca Sadwick and Sarah Godoy

Forbes Magazine


Forbes Magazine – Febr. 29, 2016 – “In a campaign that calls for immediate action, Chelo Alvarez-Stehle’s film Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage has engaged a global community by illustrating cultural and systemic factors that reinforce the sexual abuse continuum.”
In addition to the dialogue and democratization of discourse, free and openly accessible social media platforms facilitate a space for victims and survivors to communicate, access help, and build new communities.

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