Message from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller

Message from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller

Welcome to this year’s “FrauenWelten” (Women’s Worlds) film festival organized by TERRE DES FEMMES!

From 28 October to 4 November, the festival will be putting women’s human rights squarely in the spotlight, drawing attention to this issue and creating vital momentum for public debate.
Now in its 20th year, the festival’s program, encompassing 31 films from 30 different countries, illustrates its global perspective. With a focus on gender equality in the workplace, violence against women, forced marriage, and child marriage, these films show the range and the gravity of the worldwide obstacles to full realization of women’s human rights. At the same time, they tell stories of courageous action, solidarity, and the will to confront injustice and human rights violations.
Along with its varied supporting program, the “FrauenWelten” film festival promises to be an eye-opening and powerful experience and a valuable opportunity for encounters and discussion. This festival makes it abundantly clear that working for equal rights and gender equality, as well as combating discrimination and violence, is an urgent task – both worldwide and right here at home.
I am delighted to be able to welcome the “FrauenWelten” film festival to Berlin for the first time in its anniversary year, after 19 years in Tübingen. The festival and our city are an excellent match: not only is Berlin a vibrant film capital, its active civil society also makes it an ideal place for public debate.
My special thanks go to TERRE DES FEMMES and all those who made it possible to hold the festival this year, especially against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic and the corollary restrictions. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the “FrauenWelten” film festival and to wish everyone taking part – whether in person or online – special moments, new ideas, and inspiring encounters!

Michael Müller
Governing Mayor of Berlin