The highlight of this year’s Dubai Film festival, which begins on March 5, will focus on the issue of violence against women, often a taboo subject in the Arab world.
“Most people are not aware of what is going on. Women’s day is about addressing critical issues. I felt this was the year to do some tough talking,” said Hermoine Macura, founder of the Wow film fair while speaking to a news daily here.
“We will focus on important issues worldwide, such as human trafficking and women challenging stereotypes.”
Violence against women often takes place in the family or marital home, and many victims feel they have nowhere to turn. The Dubai Foundation for Women and Children was established to help victims of domestic violence, abuse and trafficking.
“The UAE is taking these subjects very seriously and it has accomplished huge steps in this field,” said Afra Al Basti, the foundation’s director general. “We can see this in the decreased numbers of victims of human trafficking over the past few years.”