Bonni Curran
Bonni Curran

Introduction

Each year the Festival presents a lecture by an internationally acclaimed advocate for women and girls.  In 2014, it was named in honor of Bonni Curran, who was tragically killed in an accident in 2013.  Bonni was a physician, loving mother and wife, and not only a prominent local philanthropist, but deeply committed to working on behalf of women and children around the world.  She had been a supporter of the Festival from its inception. In honoring her memory each year, we are reminded of the impact she had on our community and how much we miss her presence.

The inaugural memorial lecture in 2014 was given by Meagan Fallone Carnahan, head of Global Strategy for Barefoot College in India.

Tuesday, February 26, at 6 PM

The Community Library

*Free to the public

The Lecture will be presented by Mariarosa Cutillo, Chief of the Strategic Partnerships Branch of UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. She will speak on the theme of the Festival, “Women Still Waiting for Change”.

A native of Italy, Ms. Cutillo has more than 20 years of professional experience, working for the private sector. Before joining UNFPA, she was the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Benetton Group, as well as President and CEO of Benetton’s UNHATE Foundation. She has served as director of Valore Sociale per l’Impresa Responsabile (a multi stakeholder corporate social responsibility organization). On issues relating to corporate sustainability, she has served as a legal expert for various Institutions. She has also worked extensively for the international non-governmental organization Mani Tese.

Ms. Cutillo was also a professor in International Law Cases in the Faculty of Law of the University of Milan-Bicocca and senior lecturer at the Catholic University of Milan, Faculties of Law and Political and Social Sciences. She obtained a degree in Advanced International Law from the Faculty of Law of the Catholic University of Milan in 1995. She has post-graduate specializations in Human Rights and in business administration, with a specific focus on social and environmental sustainability.

The Executive Director of UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem, will address the festival audience with a video message on the topic of this year’s Festival theme: Women Still Waiting for Change, prior to Ms Cutillo’s talk.

“I very much regret that I cannot join the festival due to commitments overseas. We are delighted to work in partnership with the Family of Woman Film Festival to advance the rights and choices of women and girls worldwide. This is particularly important this year as we mark the 50th anniversary of UNFPA, and the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development where 179 governments declared women’s right to sexual and reproductive health.”

-Dr. Natalia Kane