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Hollywood Labor Gathers to Give Voice to the Voiceless with "Out of Silence: Readings From the Afghan Women’s Writing Project"

Hollywood unions, guilds and organizations will unite in support of International Women’s Day on Monday, March 8, 2010 with Out of Silence: Readings from The Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and is presented by the Women’s Committees of Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) with Producers Guild of America (PGA) as well as Women In Film International Committee (WIF).

"Members of Screen Actors Guild are thrilled to celebrate International Women’s Day by co-hosting this incredible event," says L. Scott Caldwell, chair of SAG’s National Women’s Committee. "The Afghan Women’s Writing Project is an important endeavor that shines a light on the plight of Afghan women while lifting their courageous voices for all to hear."

It will feature readings from actors Jennifer Beals (The L Word), Summer Bishil (Towelhead), Nadia Bjornlin (Days of Our Lives), Conchata Ferrell (Two and a Half Men), Jodi Long (All-American Girl), Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Teal Sherer (The Guild), Bahar Soomekh (Saw IV) and Marcia Wallace (The Simpsons).

The Museum of Tolerance and Steak Haus Productions are also sponsoring the event, directed by Frederick Ponzlov. The event has received such an overwhelming response that it is at capacity.

“This project is intended to empower, and give voice to Afghan women and create a platform for their stories to be shared with the world,” states Masha Hamilton, founder of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.