Giselle Portenier

Giselle Portenier

Award-winning Filmmaker, Journalist, Anti-FGM activist

Giselle Portenier is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and journalist who has consistently focused on human rights,
especially the human rights of women and children. Her groundbreaking films have received numerous international awards
including two Peabody awards, and have been instrumental in changing minds, changing lives, and changing laws.
She started her career as a reporter and anchor at BCTV News in Vancouver, and worked as foreign editor for ABC News and as an Associate Producer for CBS 60 Minutes in London, England, before joining the BBC in 1986. During her time there, she produced and directed dozens of documentaries, including Murder in Purdah about honour killings in Pakistan; Condemned to Live, about torture and rape during the Rwandangenocide; The Slave Children, about child slavery in West Africa; The Disposables , about the murder of homeless people, petty thieves, and homosexuals in Colombia; Dying for Sex , about sex trafficking in Thailand, and Let Her Die , about the murder of baby girls and the huge numbers of female fetuses aborted in India. She also wrote about the plight of thousands of survivors of FGM (female genital mutilation) living in Canada.
Her latest documentary, In the Name of Your Daughter, gives a voice to young girls in Tanzania who risk their lives to escape FGM and child marriage.