ABOUT US

together, we can build a world free of gender and racial discrimination

The Womanity Project champions gender and racial equality by using storytelling and theater improv to drive daring conversations around identity and inspire deeper human connections.

Through our films, podcasts and workshops, we reflect on how we can find new ways of defining ourselves with others with fairness, dignity and respect.

We reflect on who we are and who want to become in relation to our identity, how the labels associated with gender and race can limit us or empower us and what we can build change.

Our values are:

  • Humanity: we believe as humans, we are all unique and interconnected. we are all extra-ordinary.
  • Empathy: we believe human connection is the starting point of respect and equality, it creates inclusive community.
  • Curiosity: our intent is to listen with curiosity, not judgement.
  • Inspiration: positive role-models and actions create new possibilities.
  • Collaboration: Yes And! building and improvising together brings joy.

 

On our platform, everyone can celebrate their experiences around gender, race and equality… and also reflect on their hopes and how they become their change. All you have to do is to become part of the conversation, share your story, reflect on what you can change. And, finally pass the baton, invite others.

This is the Womanity Effect.

The Womanity Project is not a one gender platform, it is a movement for all. If we can start adding questions to challenge the current ‘gender narrative’ we can create a culture of change.  Instead of “I’m right, you’re wrong”, “I’m stronger, you’re weaker”, “I belong and you don’t”…We can imagine a world in which we say: YES, AND.

our stories, our power.

 

join the conversation

watch   from our social media series produced for mobile platforms to our docu-series and feature films. 

listen — A 30 minute podcast series to open a broader conversation. 

readan ongoing blog inviting our hosts to share various points of view.

play -- customized workshops using improvisation to build new ways of conversation and relationship.

what they say about us...

I learnt so much from your workshop, I'm still processing about how I feel and about my identities and the realization of my power.

Britiny
College Student

It's the first time somebody listened to me this way. You have no idea what it means. Being physically abused as a child shamed me, I feel that now I can come out of my shelve, add value and help others.

Kashanna
Public relations

Thank you a million times - It's the best present I ever got.

Nicole
Partner at Law Firm

These amazing ladies asked me to sit down with them. And then I talked for the first time.
So Inspirational. Now I'm on my way to write a book.

Devan
Engineer & Storyteller

Thank you so much @thewomanityproject. I never thought my voice would ever touch anyone and meeting you not only changed my life but also created a beautiful sisterhood. And now I am about to be able to be all over and it’s all because of you and taking my truths and letting me tell the world through my eyes love you both.

Lala Zannel
Trans Justice Campaign Manager at ACLU

THE WOMANITY TEAM

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Aurélie Harp
Founder, President, CEO

Aurélie Harp is a French artist, producer and entrepreneur. In France, she studied sciences politics, the place of women in the French Resistance and marketing. She worked for almost a decade in advertising in Paris, London and New York. Her passion for films and theater led her to acting, writing and directing those past 10 years. She is a women rights’ advocate and you can call her a womanist and a feminist! She’s collaborating with the French Newspaper’s blog “Liberation, Carnets de campagnes US” and “L’Amerique sous Trump”. Aurélie loves people, art and Brooklyn.

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Lydia Darly
VP, Producer

Lydia Darly is an Award Winner Filmmaker and Actress, born and raised in Paris, originally from Guadeloupe. Her acting career started in Italy. Lydia's love for American Cinema and desire to develop and perfect her craft took her to New York City where she studied acting at the Lee Strasberg theatre and film institute. After the successful Festival run of her film THE WAY YOU LOVE, Lydia is now working on her next screenplays. Lydia is a frequent guest speaker and programmer at film festivals in support of emerging indie filmmakers and a big advocate for women in film. She recently received  2014 Queens World Film Festival Community Award for her work with the festival. Lydia is the co-founder of the Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab.

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Billy Gerard Frank
Board Member, Creative Director

Billy Gerard Frank is a Multi-disciplinary Artist, Filmmaker and Nominated Production Designer from the Caribbean and now based in NYC. His collected, altered and own mix media artworks have been exhibited in group and solo shows in NYC, London and the Caribbean and is shown in various private collections and institutions like the National Academy Museum of Fine Arts and Design and MOMA PS1. His films have also been screened at numerous International film festivals. He is also the founder of Nova Frontier Film Festival and Lab.  

 

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Isabel Castañares
Board Member, Creative and Digital Director

Isabel is a Graphic Designer originally from Madrid, Spain. With a background in Psychology, she has worked in a range of fields: teacher, interpreter, therapist, social worker, advocate. Ultimately she became a Graphic Designer in 2013 and today she enjoys combining her human rights interest with her creative work.

 

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Iman M’Fah-Traoré
Board Member, Team Coordinator

Born in Paris, of a Franco-Brazilian mother and an Ivorian father, Iman M’Fah-Traoré grew up in New York City and graduated from the Lycée Français de New York. She has a BA at Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) and majored in Political Science and double minored in Law and Communications. 

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Jonathan Murtaugh
Board Member, Director of Marketing Strategy

Jonathan Murtaugh is a 15 year sales and marketing veteran with 5+ years at Facebook (including stints leading its Film and TV vertical and as Site Director of Facebook's Los Angeles office. Experience in go-to-marketstrategy, product development, and $350m/yr run-rate revenue generation.

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Delphine Guenin
Board Member, Brand Director

Delphine Guenin is the founder of 12 Locks, a branding and design collective. Over ten years of directing projects at the epicenter of New York City’s fast-paced branding world have made Delphine a confident, resourceful and creative producer with a proven track record in taking on the most challenging of brand identity and marketing assignments. 
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Lala Holston-Zannell
Board Member

LaLa Holston-Zannell leads the ACLU’s advocacy and organizing work to support and empower transgender and nonbinary people. LaLa spoke at the White House for the first Women’s History Month briefing that included transwoman, the last briefing on transgender people under the Obama administration, and also testified at the first Congressional forum on violence against transgender people. In 2015, LaLa was featured on the Advocate’s Trans 100 list.

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Jaella Brockmann
Grant Writer

Jaella Brockmann is a freelance journalist, explorer and passionate storyteller. Originally from Germany, she explored various continents before temporarily settling down in New York City for the last two years. After completing her M.A. in International Relations at NYU, Jaella is currently exploring various professional outlets where she can apply her creatively analytical nature for a greater good.
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Alessia Gatti
Board Member

Alessia Gatti is an Italian filmmaker and producer the creator of the mini docu-series "Hands of New York". Alessia has also won several awards for her commercials for Barilla, Menicon France, William Hill, and TV5 France.In 2015 Alessia founded the  Greenwich Village Film Festival in NYC. Alessia lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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Geraldine Pierson
Board Advisor

Géraldine Pierson a photographer, mother, stepmother, and wife. She has produced or shot still-life, lifestyle, high fashion, and portraiture from New Caledonia to Ghana, Idaho to Cannes, Ushuaia to Maui, and from the jungle of Sumatra to the dunes of Merzouga. She has been resident in Brooklyn for the last 20 years.

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Mike Harp
Board Advisor

Mike is the Global Group Lead for CPG & Beverage Partnerships at Facebook. He is also a photographer, a storyteller and an All-American wrestler.

other artists associated

Celine Rosenthal (radio producer, Director), Lizzie Hagstedt (Music composer), Melissa Pinsly (Creative consultant), Franklin Zitter (Editor), Amy Lawday (Associate Director), Alice Millar (Cinematographer), Carmen Sutton (Line Producer and still photographer), Mick O’Connor (audio producer), Samantha Reichman (video producer), Maya Cozier (graduating from Film of Visual Arts), Clifford Lane (VO & sound design), Roded Leviathan (composer), Ricky Sutton (web guru), Leeron Reiter (film editor), Bianca Barattini (graphic designer). Thank you also to the Womanity Foundation who welcomed us in the Womanity family.

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