Steinem is executive producer and host of the series that features a team of all-female journalists telling the stories of women and men on the front lines of fighting gender-based violence. Episodes include reports on the impact of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo; the epidemic of femicides in El Salvador; the prevalence of sexual assault in the U.S. military; the devastating effect on American society of incarcerating mothers of young children; and a special episode produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on how the rise of extremism in Pakistan is both rooted in and reflected by violence towards women.
“Polarized gender roles are the mark of terrorist groups and violent societies,” says Steinem. “More than poverty, natural resources, religion or degree of democracy, violence against females is the most reliable predictor of whether a nation will be violent within itself or will use violence against another country—and gender violence has become so great that for the first time, there are now fewer females on earth than males. This series records on-the-ground realities and gives viewers ways to help.”
Nomi Ernst Leidner and Ariel Wengroff of Viceland and Amy Richards of Soapbox join Steinem as executive producers. Joanna Forscher serves as co-executive producer.