Women Creating Change: Resilience

Join a THRIVING MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY of Middle-Eastern and North African women in entertainment building SOLIDARITY through COLLABORATION and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


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Dear friends,

Please join me in supporting the 3rd annual event for Women Creating Change (WCC), which I joined as board member in 2019 after being inspired by their mission of creating change through the Art, by bringing together female filmmakers and artists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Being a MENA professional, I understand the complexities and challenges of this region. Being multicultural and multilingual, tolerance is at the very core of my identity. I saw a valuable opportunity for me to help establish WCC’s vision of using the arts to bridge the differences common to the MENA region such as cultural perception and political divisions between the nationalities represented. I also wanted to contribute to WCC’s professional development programs, community building and talent showcasing activities and events that shine a spotlight on MENA talent, which is often underrepresented and overlooked in LA.

I hope you can join “Stand Up for Her: RESILIENCE 2021” on Sunday 12/12 @ 11: 30 AM  (PST). It has been over 2 years since the first Annual Benefit “Stand Up for Her” in Santa Monica, which some of you attended with me. It was an exciting, thought provoking, and tear-jerking sold-out event, which inspired performers and audience and created incredible UNITY as well as collaborations between diverse WCC members!

I am very happy and excited that this years’ event will be held at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) as well as virtually for a global outreach. It promises more talent, inspiration, collaboration, and UNITY through ART around the very critical and timely topic of RESILIENCE! The event is the result of a collaboration between MOT and WCC, which I helped forge through my MOT role as docent and facilitator for anti-bias education.

The WCC community worked tirelessly during the pandemic to stay connected via virtual coffee meetings, masterclasses, workshops, networking, and unifying opportunities. Panels and masterclasses featured Israeli, Palestinian, Iranian, Egyptian, Lebanese, and many more nationalities from the Middle East.   

Your donation will have an enormous impact on WCC’s ability to continue building bridges and reaching more MENA female artists. Supporting WCC will amplify the global message of peace, tolerance, and solidarity and pave a solid path for positive change. I hope you will join me in supporting the WCC community!

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Stand Up For Her: Resilience 2021

Sunday from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM PST

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Add to Calendar 2021-12-12 11:30:00 2021-12-12 13:30:00 America/Los_Angeles Stand Up For Her: Resilience 2021 Last year's Stand Up 4 Her: Inspiration 2020 was a HUGE SUCCESS!! *** Join us for this year's STAND UP 4 HER: RESILIENCE 2021! Featuring Muslim and Jewish female filmmakers from the Middle East/North Africa on an exciting, thought-provoking event. *** This event will be hybrid, you can either attend in person or from the comfort of your couch! *** COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced.

TO WATCH ONLINE go to: https://youtu.be/aJzTUMxINSc
Museum of Tolerance<br>9786 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA

TO WATCH ONLINE go to: https://youtu.be/aJzTUMxINSc

Last year's Stand Up 4 Her: Inspiration 2020 was a HUGE SUCCESS!! *** Join us for this year's STAND UP 4 HER: RESILIENCE 2021! Featuring Muslim and Jewish female filmmakers from the Middle East/North Africa on an exciting, thought-provoking event. *** This event will be hybrid, you can either attend in person or from the comfort of your couch! *** COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced.


Will you consider participating in our campaign today to make an impact for MENA female filmmakers and help us reach our goal?

Women Creating Change is a grassroots movement that empowers inspiring Middle Eastern/North African (MENA) women by fostering their EXTRAORDINARY talents and creating a COMMUNITY where they can thrive!

"Art can bridge cultural differences and give a voice to women who come from societies in which their voices are often marginalized." (Lee Broda, Producer, WCC Founder & President)

Women Creating Change (WCC) was founded in 2017 by a group of passionate Israeli and Arab female filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa. WCC is dedicated to celebrating the diverse MENA cultures through filmmaking and fostering an environment of tolerance, inclusion, and solidarity between fellow MENA artists, who otherwise might never come together and are often neglected in mainstream media!


In its first 4 years, WCC has created numerous networking events, held panels and masterclasses, produced variety shows and unifying experiences, which resulted in 5 film projects and many work opportunities between female MENA filmmakers and actresses from different backgrounds.

To continue building on our momentum to support MENA female filmmakers and expand WCC’s reach, we are launching our end-of-year fundraising campaign focusing on the theme of Resilience, culminating with our annual Stand Up for Her event that showcases our member's EXTRAORDINARY stories and talents!

Your donation will enable us to keep our community thriving as well as grant you access to our:

3rd Annual
Stand Up for Her Showcase: Resilience

For the first time, WCC will partner with the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) for its annual STAND UP FOR HER event, for a curated program of short films from the WCC community, and by women of Muslim and Israeli/Jewish backgrounds from the MENA region. In addition to being directed by women, all of the presentations speak to the theme of “Resilience.” Filmmakers of the selected programming originate from Iran, Israel, Qatar and other MENA countries.

The films featured at the event are:

  • Resilience: a Women Creating Change Documentary by WCC members (English, Global)
  • The Girl Sitting Here by Azadeh Nikzadeh (Persian, Iran)
  • Leftovers by Yael Arad Zafrir (Hebrew, Israel)
  • Al-Sit by Suzannah Mirghani (Arabic, Sudan/Qatar)

(from our past SU4H Events)

Big or small, your contribution will help us expand our professional offerings and support for more Middle Eastern and North African female filmmakers.


Today, as COVID19 continues to cast a shadow of doubt and confusion around the world, it is especially important for our community, most of which are far from their homes and families, to feel our support.

WCC has taken this time as an opportunity to build a stronger foundation for our organization and community. By moving our events online and meeting regularly during the pandemic, we have witnessed a deeper sense of unity within our community, as well as the ability to connect with our MENA sisters worldwide.


  • Officially become non-profit incorporation, registered in California!
  • Held both online and outdoor networking events, and masterclasses to keep our members motivated and connected.
  • Collaborated on events with other film groups around the world including a panel held with The Middle Eastern Union Festival in Berlin!
  • Held inspirational events such as the Color Your Soul visioning workshop and our monthly online morning coffee meetings.
  • Released our monthly newsletter to more than 500 readers with highlights of member successes, casting notices, special community resources, and our Tip Corner from life coach Maya Simchi.

As the world opens up again, we are here to guide and nurture our members so that they may grab the opportunities available to them today.



Follow our community on Facebook, Instagram or at our website: http://womencreatingchange.com

Join our mailing list to keep you updated on our progress and events: WCC Email List


Please reach out to us here or at [email protected]

All donations made to Women Creating Change shall benefit WCC programs for MENA female filmmakers.

Donors acknowledge and agree that Women Creating Change Inc.’s 501(c)(3) status is currently pending.

Furthermore, any funds sent to Women Creating Change Inc. are not tax-deductible.


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