Netflix Has Created a New Collection for International Women’s Day

Netflix and UN Women have launched a new collection called “Because She Watched” to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th. The collection, which will be available all year, has been hand-picked by female creators from behind and in front of the camera – including Sophia Loren, Janet Mock, Salma Hayek, Yalitza Aparicio, Millie Bobby Brown, Laurie Nunn, Lana Condor, Petra Costa and Ava DuVernay.

These series, films and documentaries – from “Unbelievable” and “Followers” to “Orange Is the New Black”, “Lionheart” and “Sex Education” – have started important, often hard, conversations that have helped to challenge the way we see the world. When people see their own represented in a film or TV show then it can empower them and help them feel accepted. Anita Bhatia, UN Women Deputy Executive Director, says “This collaboration is about taking on the challenge of telling women’s stories and showing women in all their diversity. It’s about making visible the invisible, and proving that only by fully representing and including women on screen, behind-the-camera and in our narratives overall, society will truly flourish.”

You can find the collection on the website by going to or search for ‘Because She Watched’.

The full list of titles in the collection is shown below (note that not all content will be available in every region/country):

Alejandra Azcárate  (Colombia) – Vis a Vis

Alice Wu  (United States) – Frances Ha

Andrea Barata Ribeiro  (Brazil) – Sex Education

Anna Winger  (Germany) – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ava DuVernay  (United States) – A Wrinkle in Time

Barbara Lopez  (Mexico) – Scandal 

Beren Saat  (Turkey) – Bird Box

Bruna Mascarenhas  (Brazil) – Quien Te Cantará

Cecilia Suárez  (Mexico) –  Marriage Story

Chris Nee  (United States) – Orange is the New Black

Christian Serratos  (United States) – The Goop Lab 

Cindy Bishop  (Thailand) – Anne with an E

Elena Fortes  (Mexico) – Atlantique 

Esther Acebo  (Spain) – Chef’s Table: Bo Songvisava 

Fadily Camara  (France) – How to Get Away with Murder

Fanny Herrero  (France) – Je Parle Toute Seule

Fatimah Abu Bakar  (Malaysia) – Babies

Francesca Comencini  (Italy) – What Happened, Miss Simone?

Giovanna Ewbank  (Brazil) – The Most Beautiful Thing

Hanna Ardéhn  (Sweden) – Silence of the Lambs

Hazar Erguclu  (Turkey) – House of Cards

Hend Sabry  (Egypt) – Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

Ida Elise Broch  (Norway) – RuPaul’s Drag Race

Janet Mock  (United States) – Paris Is Burning

Joyce Cheng  (Hong Kong) – Queer Eye

Juliana Vicente  (Brazil) – When They See Us

Kemi Adetiba  (Nigeria) – King of Boys 

Kiara Advani  (India) – Lust Stories

Lali Espósito  (Argentina) – Notting Hill

Lana Condor  (United States) – Grace and Frankie

Lauren Morelli  (United States) – Julie & Julia

Laurie Nunn  (England) – The Keepers

Laverne Cox  (United States) – A Call to Courage

Liz Garbus  (United States) – She’s Gotta Have It

Logan Browning  (United States) – Someone Great 

Lynn Fainchtein  (Mexico) – 2001: Space Odyssey

Marcela Benjumea  (Colombia) – Dead to Me

Mercedes Morán  (Argentina) – Aquarius

Mika Ninagawa  (Japan) – In the Realm of the Senses

Millie Bobby Brown  (United Kingdom) – Miss Americana

Mina El Hammani  (Spain) – ¿Qué Co#o Está Pasando?

Mindy Kaling  (United States) – Chewing Gum

Mira Lesmana  (Indonesia) – ROMA

Mithila Palkar  (India) – Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette

Nahnatchka Khan (United States) – Young Adult

Ngô Thanh Vân  (Vietnam) – Wonder Woman

Nosipho Dumisa  (South Africa) – Gravity 

Pathy Dejesus  (Brazil) – Raising Dion

Paulina Garcia  (Chile) – Deux Jours, Une Nuit

Petra Costa  (Brazil) – Feminists: What Were They Thinking?

Salma Hayek  (Mexico) – Unbelievable

Sandi Tan  (Singapore) – Russian Doll

Shefali Shah  (India) – Delhi Crime

Sophia Loren  (Italy) – The Crown

Yalitza Aparicio  (Mexico) – Knock Down the House 


Subnote: just to avoid the annual, annoying question of “but when is International Men’s Day?”: It’s November 19th – the same as every year…

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