A few months ago, when musician-turned-actor Monica Dogra was in the US, she was offered a part in an international docuseries, called Woman. The project she was approached for talks about how violence against women drives global instability. Noted American journalist, feminist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem is the executive producer and host of the series. She is known for leading the Feminist Movement in the US during the late 1960s and early 1970s.
An insider reveals, “Monica’s inclination towards women’s rights and equality drove her to become part of this project. The weekly series, which premieres on TV on May 10, tells the stories of women and men who have been fighting gender-based violence. The episodes will include reports that give details of the impact that sexual violence has on people across the globe.”
Interestingly, the docuseries will also feature a special episode produced by Oscar-winning documentary film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. It will be about the rise of extremism in Pakistan, and how it is both rooted in and reflected by violence towards women.
When contacted, Monica confirms the news, and says, “Woman is an incredible docuseries that has been produced for a news channel in the US. The series focuses on the extreme marginalisation of women around the world. I am a correspondent for one of the episodes, which has been shot in Canada. We covered the ‘Highway of Tears’ murders — a series of unsolved murders and disappearances of women on Canada’s Highway 16.”
She adds, “I believe that media content, film and television have a powerful role in raising awareness [about issues], and thereby, transforming people’s perceptions. While growing up in the US, I was completely ignorant about what was happening in Canada. It’s a privilege to be part of a show like this.”