Michelle Lujan Grisham US Congresswoman who is running for Governor of New Mexico, George RR Martin creator of the Game of Thrones Books and T. V . Series, and Saneh Boothe Actor in movies and advocate for children and women’s rights were just a few outstanding speakers at the Woman’s Panel in Santa Fe New Mexico Sunday, Feb 11, 2017.
“What an inspiring experience to be with such talented people.” Saneh Boothe said. “I was born in Iran and now as a US Citizen admire the courageous women around the world who are standing up to make positive change.“ Saneh said. “In Iran some 4,000 people were arrested over the last month for speaking out to improve life in Iran. Calling out for lower food prices, and women’s rights for the personal right to choose how to dress and for simple everyday freedoms such as whether or how to wear a hijab (scarf).” She said.
Congresswoman Michell Lujan Grisham said “I am proud that women are standing up to sexual exploitation in America and eager to see new progressive leadership in our country.
It takes good men and good women to make this happen.”
Congresswoman Grisham said “26,000 women in the USA have registered to learn how to run for political office they wish to “take back” our nation.”
No doubt we are at the beginning of a new generation of women running for political office and it will be interesting to see how this changes the face of politics in the USA.
“This was a dynamic and inspiring gathering and the Santa Fe Film Festival is fantastic in promoting progress and new creative energy in the film industry.” Said Saneh Boothe actor and Chair of the Diversity Committee for SAG AFTRA in New Mexico. “OUR DIVERSITY MAKES US STRONGER” Saneh said.
George RR Martin spoke of his new foundation to encourage youth and women to achieve greater things and to take leadership roles. Martin has contributed much time and money to encourage and develop new talent in New Mexico.
“WHAT WOMAN HAS INSPIRED OR IMPACTED YOUR LIFE THE MOST?”
Saneh Boothe was ready with an answer. The question to the panel of outstanding women, all in the movie industry brought quick answers from three of the panel members. “My Mother” said three of them. Another said: “My Grandmother”. And then Saneh Boothe stunned the audience into attention when she said:
Every head in the room looked up, many leaned forward, as Saneh Boothe said:
“Malala was on a school bus and when the terrorists stepped on the bus with a gun, the children screamed. All but Malala, she stood up, as if guarding her friends. The terrorist said: ‘You girls get off of the bus, or we will kill you. Girls don’t go to school in our country.” Malala looked directly at them and said: “You are wrong. The Koran doesn’t forbid little girls from going to school or getting an education. If anything it teaches that girls are to be respected and given every right to learn!’ The terrorist shot her in the head, and ran. Malala by the grace of God survived, a private helicopter flew in, she was flown to the best hospital in London. Today, she speaks throughout the world. She says to all people, especially girls. ‘You have a right to an education. You have a right to go to school.’ Malala does this in the face of daily threats to her life. She is not satisfied to demonstrate or carry a sign or donate to a cause, her very courageous message inspires me, and all women, to be brave enough to face any threat.” The room was absolutely stunned into silence, every eye was on Saneh Boothe when she said: “Malala is my inspiration!”