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Rights groups draws from "Handmaid's Tale" in new campaign

Illustrating the saying that "life imitates art," an international rights group is telling chilling stories that eerily resemble "The Handmaid's Tale" television series to promote equality for women and girls.


Reuters
Updated: 21-06-2018 01:50 IST
Rights groups draws from "Handmaid's Tale" in new campaign

Equality Now uses the law to protect women's rights. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Illustrating the saying that "life imitates art," an international rights group is telling chilling stories that eerily resemble "The Handmaid's Tale" television series to promote equality for women and girls.

A campaign launched on Wednesday by Equality Now uses a two-minute film in which the show's cast and others share the words of actual women and girls describing sexual violence, sex trafficking and female genital mutilation.

"This is not fiction. This is not 'The Handmaid's Tale,'" the film says.

Equality Now uses the law to protect women's rights and end such practices as trafficking, sexual violence and child marriage, with bases in New York, London and Nairobi.

"Their efforts of addressing and helping correct inequality and injustice where it exists for girls and women especially resonates with the message of our show," said Warren Littlefield, an executive producer of "The Handmaid's Tale" in a statement.

Based on a popular 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, "The Handmaid's Tale" imagines a totalitarian future when fertile women are forced into sexual servitude to repopulate a world facing environmental disaster.

Stories in the Equality Now film came from women in Sierra Leone, the United Kingdom, Tanzania, Jordan, Bolivia and the United States, the group said.

"After female genital mutilation, they give you a new dress. The color cloth you wear goes from purple to red," said one account in the film.

In the television series and novel, the fertile handmaids in servitude wear red, and the infertile wives wear blue.

"The men knew I was a child, but they didn't care. They bought me anyway," said another account.

The Emmy Award-winning television series appears on the Hulu streaming service. Actors on the show who appear in the Equality Now film include Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley and Ann Dowd.

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