History of Connecther


About Us


The World has been rallying to support women and children in their quest for self-reliance. From Muhammad Yunus winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his groundbreaking work with women and microfinance, to the Sustainable Development Goal's focus on empowerment of women and children, women are gaining much deserved exposure.


We founded ConnectHER, seven years ago, with the mission of having a direct impact on women's issues by investing in female leaders that are making a difference in their local communities. Some of our projects have included Girls Global Education Fund, Superhero Without a Cape, and She is Rising: Help Survivors of Sex Trafficking.


To date ConnectHER has raised more than $500,000 for women's causes around the world. We are very proud of our accomplishments, yet there is still little visibility into many women's issues. This is one of the reasons why we started the film festival.


Girls Impact the World Film Festival (GITWFF)


In collaboration with Harvard College (SIC) we launched the Girls Impact the World Film Festival in 2012. What began as a way to engage a wider audience in ConnectHER's work has now evolved into a vibrant international competition for young filmmakers. We're thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers and filmmakers into activists. To date we've received over 1,000 original films from over 20 countries and have awarded more than $150,000 in scholarship


Here is a link to some of our past winning films: http://www.ConnectHER.org/gitw/winners


We're thrilled with how the film festival is turning students into filmmakers and filmmakers into activists.

Our next goals are to expand the reach of the film festival, triple our scholarship fund within the next five years, and establish a mentorship program for young filmmakers.