A B O U T U S
together, we can build a world free of gender discrimination
The Womanity Project champions gender equality by using storytelling and 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 define gender identity as a personal conception of oneself: who we are and who want to become in relation to how we identify and the labels associated with all genders, how it limits us or empowers us.
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.
we tell your stories, you create our change; this is our power, our world
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.
read— a weekly blog inviting our hosts to share various points of view.
play&grow -- customized workshops using improvisation to explore who we are and who we want to become.
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.
High School 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.
Thank you a million times - It's the best present I ever got.
Partner at Law Firm
These amazing ladies asked me to sit down with them.
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.
Trans Justice Campaign Manger at ACLU
T H E W O M A N I T Y T E A M
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 to the French Newspaper’s blog “Liberation, Carnets de campagnes US” et “L’Amerique sous Trump”. Aurélie loves people, art and Brooklyn.
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.
Billy Gerard Frank
Treasury, CFO, Board Member
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Board Member, Blogger
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 now attends Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada) where she majors in Political Science and double minors in Law and Communications.
James is the Managing Director at Situs AMC. With a background as sr. software engineer, he is also a musician and lives in Brooklyn with his family but dreams about moving back to Florida.
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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