Country: United States 

Creator: Bruce Miller

Lead Actor: Elisabeth Singleton Moss


The Handmaid's Tale is an Emmy award winning dystopian TV series based on a 1985 book by Margaret Atwood .The story takes place in Gilead, a totalitarian society that has overthrown the United States and treats women as property of the state. In response to an environmental disaster and unprecedented low reproductive rates, women are disempowered and forced into sexual servitude. The novel explores themes of subjugated women in a patriarchal society and the various means in which they resist and attempt to gain independence

CCOI's Role:

UN staff and experts with experience working on the frontlines of conflict, gender and refugee issues, human rights and international law consulted with The Handmaid’s Tale’s writers, producers, directors, actors, and production team, to help ground the show’s storylines in the lives of real people and real experiences.

Related UN Issues:

Sustainable Development Goals #13 - Climate Action

Sustainable Development Goal - #16 Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

News Coverage:

UN Video - Handmaid’s Tale cast and crew visit the United Nations

CNN - How Women Refugees Are Changing Their Own Narrative

UN News – The Handmaid’s Tale: Making Drama Out of Crisis

Hollywood Reporter - Blessed Be the Truth: Inside ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and the United Nations’ Creative Alliance