JANUARY 20th, 2021 (WORLDWIDE): The Pixel Project, a 501(c)3 anti-Violence Against Women non-profit, is proud to announce the 7th International Women’s Day (IWD) Edition of their Read For Pixels campaign featuring live YouTube sessions with award-winning bestselling female authors in honour of International Women’s Day 2021 and in support of The Pixel Project’s work to end violence against women. Participating authors include Alaya Dawn Johnson, Brigid Kemmerer, Elizabeth Lim, Jennifer Estep, Julia Quinn, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Leigh Perry (Toni L.P. Kelner), Rhys Bowen, SJ Rozan, and Tasha Suri.

“Read For Pixels” IWD 2021 YouTube livestream sessions will run on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings throughout March 2021. Each session will feature an author reading from one of their books and discussing their writing, why they support ending violence against women, and women in the media, geek culture, and popular culture. Each session will also include a live moderated Q&A session for fans and book lovers to ask their favourite authors questions in real time.

The Pixel Project is also proud to announce that they will be holding the 5th Read For Pixels YouTube live panel session in March 2021 as part of the Read For Pixels session line-up, In “Getting To The Heart Of Things: Writing about Violence Against Women, Sexism, and Misogyny in Romance in the Age of #MeToo”, acclaimed Romance authors Adriana Herrera, Bec McMaster, and Jeannie Lin will be discussing violence against women in the Romance genre and techniques for writing the genre without dehumanising female characters and falling back on tired tropes such as the rape trope.

Each panel session will also feature a live Q&A segment for writers and fans to ask panellists questions. Multi-author panel sessions are a feature of the Read For Pixels programme created to be an accessible resource for writers interested in writing about female characters and approaching themes such as misogyny, sexism, gender, and violence against women with depth, empathy, and accuracy.

Participating authors have also generously donated a range of exclusive goodies to help The Pixel Project encourage fans and book lovers to donate to the Read For Pixels fundraiser including: author-curated goodie bundles, signed first editions or book bundles, 1-to-1 video calls to talk about writing, written critiques, tuckerisations, and more. Additional goodies are courtesy of Sourcebooks as well as award-winning bestselling authors Anna Stephens, Alyssa Sheinmel, Meg Gardiner. and Sara Raasch. Donations begin at as little as US$5 and the goodies are available to donors as “thank you” gifts and perks depending on the donation amount. Fundraising will take place in tandem with the YouTube livestream series over the month of March.

“Violence against women is one of the most widespread and entrenched human rights violations in the world and The Pixel Project is delighted that so many acclaimed female authors have stepped up to join us in raising much-needed funds and widespread support for this cause,” said Regina Yau, Founder and President of The Pixel Project.  “Since its debut in 2014, over 150 authors have participated in the Read For Pixels campaign, collaborating with us to raise approximately US$81,000 for the cause and ignite online discussions about violence against women by fans and supporters. This is the seventh year we’re holding the International Women’s Day Edition of the campaign in recognition of the importance of the voices of female authors, a number of whom have faced gender-based violence in their lives. It is our hope that their support of the cause will inspire fans of their wonderful books and book lovers worldwide to not only donate generously, but also begin taking action to stop the violence in their communities wherever they are in the world.”

More information about Read For Pixels can be found at: http://bit.ly/Read4Pixels.

About The Pixel Project (www.thepixelproject.net)

The Pixel Project is a complete virtual, volunteer-led global 501(c)3 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to raise awareness, funds and volunteer power for the cause to end violence against women at the intersection of of social media, online communities new technologies, and popular culture/the Arts.