#MeToo Film Winners Celebrate International Womens Day
This year on International Women's Day, women are being urged to #pressforprogress. Campaigns like #MeToo, #TimesUp and more have stirred a global momentum to strive for gender equality. A team of students who made a film about the #MeToo movement were one of the winners at this year’s Beacon Film Festival - an event which was organised by students from Oaklands College and Beacon, Hertfordshire’s victim care centre.In this short interview the young filmmakers talk about the importance of International Women’s Day and look at ways women can #Press for Progress.
What did winning the Beacon Film Festival award mean for you and the message you are sending out to the public?

Winning meant a lot to us as a team because it demonstrated that our film was taken seriously and our hard work paid off. It also showed that our intention of contributing to the #MeToo movement was successful and recognised. 
What message would you like to send out as young women on International Women’s Day?
An overall message that we would like to send out to young girls is that you are capable of achieving anything and being a woman is not a restriction but an empowerment.

What steps do you think employers could take to ensure women are progressing in their careers?
We think that they should not take gender into account when hiring and that women and men should both be offered equal opportunities. 

What changes would you like to see happen to ensure that women do not become victims of sexual abuse / harassment in the film industry and indeed other industries?
We would like the movement of solidarity amongst women to continue and for victims to be assured that they are not alone. We also hope that the message of the campaign and support on the back of it will continue and not fade away. It is vital that young people are educated at school around areas of sexual abuse and they are taught how to treat people with love and respect.

What help do local authorities need to provide in your view to support women who are affected by sexual abuse / harassment?
Local authorities need to reassure victims and make them feel safe from both the perpetrator and the repercussions of the crime. Victims should also be offered ongoing support and continue to be treated with respect and patience.
You can watch the winning film - #Metoo here

If you have been a victim of crime – you can contact Beacon on 03000 11 55 55 or send an e-mail to info@hertfordshirebeacon.org

The Winning students were:
Megan Thomas
Jake Cortgrove
Tia Fields
Josie Lyddon