Thinking Equally: Fostering a Knowledge of Human Rights in the Lives of Children – Leslee Udwin – Founder & CEO, Think Equal
Leslee was voted by the NY Times the No. 2 Most Impactful Woman of 2015 (second to Hillary Clinton), and has been awarded the prestigious Swedish Anna Lindh Human Rights Prize (previously won by Madeleine Albright). She has also been named Safe’s Global Hero of 2015, Global Thinker by Foreign Policy, and has won the Best Producer Award (women in Film & Television) for her ground-breaking documentary “India’s Daughter”.
A filmmaker (producer and director) and Human Rights Campaigner, Leslee is no stranger to successfully campaigning films. Her productions include “Who Bombed Birmingham” (starring John Hurt) for HBO / Granada TV, which directly led to the release of the ‘Birmingham Six’ after 17 years of wrongful imprisonment, and “Sitting Targets” (for BBC Screen 2) which chronicled her real life struggles against Britain’s most notorious criminal landlord, during which she set a legal precedent in the High Court of England. Her feature films for her production company Assassin Films include “East is East” (awarded upward of 35 other prestigious awards worldwide, including a BAFTA for Best Film, and the London Critics’ Circle Producer of the Year Award for Leslee).
Leslee’s first documentary and her debut as a director, multi-award winning “India’s Daughter”, has been critically acclaimed around the globe, and has provoked a global discussion about gender equality and the violation of the rights of women and girls.
The perspective and insights yielded by the 2½ journey whilst making “India’s Daughter”, have led Leslee to be founder and CEO of a groundbreaking NGO, Think Equal. The initiative aims to bring the missing third dimension to the world’s school-going population by providing human rights education – with a focus on values, respect and empathy – on a compulsory basis and from the first day of a child’s learning journey at school. Leslee is working with the United Nations Human Rights Office on this global human rights education mission.