Award: Campaign Categories \ Women Leading Change Campaign (Non-Profit)

Seven years after the death of Jyoti Singh, the 23-year-old medical student who was brutally beaten, gang-raped, tortured, and left to die on the street in Delhi, sexual crimes against women in India persist. In some areas of India, like the state of Haryana, female babies are buried alive, women are trafficked, and rape is a near everyday occurrence. It is from this unlikeliest corner of India that film director Vibha Bakshi and agency CEO Valerie Pinto found a few good men who are resisting these cultural “norms” and wanted change. This inspired them to produce Son Rise, a powerful documentary about five men in Haryana who stood up for women and helped them win their rightful place in society. If these men, in the most difficult of circumstances, could fight for what’s right, then other men can, and should too.