A Call to Action for Modern-Day Antigones

Onassis Festival NY 2016 Antigone Now presents the #iSTANDfor Stage on October 15th in support of #iSTANDfor, a global digital campaign inspiring young people to stand up for what they believe in


New York, NY (September 22, 2016) – What do you stand for? That’s the question being asked by #iSTANDfor, a global digital campaign inspired by Antigone, an ancient Greek tragedy about a teenage girl’s courage in standing for what she believed was morally right. Designed to inspire people to take to social media and engage with each other to support common causes, #iSTANDfor spotlights and celebrates people whose individual and collective acts are changing our world for the better. Here is the video that kicked off the campaign.

Antigone Now Festival to Feature Modern-Day Antigones on the #iSTANDfor Stage

There are many modern-day Antigones who care and act passionately for a cause and have devoted their lives to improving local and global communities. Following are a few of those Antigones—all of whom are part of the #iSTANDfor Stage, which takes place on Saturday, October 15th at the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City as part of the Antigone Now festival.

  • Jaha Dukurehis the Founder and Executive Director of Safe Hands for Girls, a nonprofit organization working to protect young women and girls who are at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). For her outstanding work as a global campaigner to end FGM and promote women’s rights, she was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2016. Ms. Dukureh’s work directly led to the ban on FGM in The Gambia in 2015. Her efforts also helped create a law in the U.S. that made it illegal to transport girls out of the US for the purpose of FGM. The CDC released its findings last year, estimating more than 503,000 young women and girls are either living with or at risk of FGM in the U.S. Last year, she was featured in the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth campaign.
  • Sarah Clements founded and serves as Chairwoman for the Newtown Action Alliance (Jr. NAA). On December 14, 2012 her mother survived the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. After the shooting, Sarah began using gun violence prevention advocacy to transform her painful experience into positive action. Jr. NAA is the student branch of the Newtown Action Alliance, and the group focuses on educating, empowering, and collaborating with other millennials to address gun violence in every type of community, through legislative action, cultural change, and bridge building. On July of 2015, Sarah wrote an open letter to Amy Schumer, which inspired the comedienne to rise and take a stand against gun violence. Sarah is now attending Georgetown as a first-year student.
  • Erin Schrodeis a citizen activist, community organizer, and vocal advocate for environmental action, social justice, public health, and responsible consumption – who, at the age of 24, just ran an unprecedented campaign for US Congress in California. Since co-founding Turning Green in 2005, she has developed education and social action platforms to inspire, educate, and mobilize millions of students and the global public with this nonprofit and beyond. Erin is the eco-correspondent for Fusion (ABC and Univision’s new joint venture), speaks internationally, and consults with corporations, organizations, and governments on millennials, sustainability, and social good.
  • As Director of CauseCentric ProductionsCéline Cousteau produces cause-focused multi-media content about humanitarian and environmental stories. Céline is also Founder and President of the nonprofit organization The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, extending her family legacy to the next generation of storytellers. The Cousteau Fellowship’s mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers, creatives, and activists to inspire change through filmmaking. Daughter of ocean explorer and filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau and granddaughter of the legendary Jacques Yves Cousteau, Céline has worked on over 18 documentaries as presenter and field producer.  Her new documentary Tribes on the Edge  is about the tribes of the Vale do Javari in the Brazilian Amazon.
  • Jessica Mindichis a former lawyer, dedicated to reducing the senseless loss of life caused by illegal gun violence in some of the toughest communities in America. She is the Founder and CEO of the Caliber Collection®, a jewelry line made with the serial numbers from illegal guns and the metal from shell casings which donates a percentage of the proceeds to fund voluntary gun buyback and amnesty programs. To date, they have taken over 2000 illicit and unwanted guns off the streets and have raised over $145,000 for police departments in their partner cities from the sale of Caliber products to customers in over 87 countries.
  • My Stealthy Freedom is an online social movement that was started by Iranian journalist Masih Alinejadon May 3, 2014. Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979 women in Iran have had to cover their hair in public, but many Iranian women and men feel that wearing a hijab in public should be a personal choice. To address this issue she created a Facebook page where women from inside Iran could share photos of themselves not wearing their hijabs. Her website is a living archive of the photos and videos shared by these brave women.

In the spirit of Antigone, the Onassis Foundation USA is asking people around the world to take a stand for a cause they strongly believe in. They can either post a photo or video about what they stand for using the hashtag #iSTANDfor or visit and add a post about what they stand for and in return, their cause will be highlighted to the broad #iSTANDfor community where it will be seen HERE alongside important institutions and individuals working for a better world. It is our hope that through advocacy networking we can inspire positive change.


Presented by the Onassis Cultural Center New York and running October 13-16, Antigone Now, the second annual Onassis Festival of Arts and Ideas, explores the ancient Greek myth of Antigone through visual and performing arts, family programs, and digital media, and will feature over 30 free events for audiences of all ages—on site and online.

Onassis Cultural Center New York
Olympic Tower, 645 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10022 and


For more information, please contact:

Bruce Mason
Festival Publicist

Maria Galanou
Public and Media Relations Manager
917-732-7167 direct
212-486-4448 x 113

Eleanor Goldhar
Director of Communications and Marketing
917 732 7166 direct
212 486 4448 x 112