Oprah Winfrey has said something to this effect numerous times and it bears repeating, "Any woman born in the United States is the luckiest woman in the world." Keep in mind these words are in contrast to the 1200 women who are killed by an intimate partner each year (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics: "Family Violence Statistics," June 2005). Not to mention the women victimized on a daily basis in places like Africa where rape is commonplace, India where little girls are sold into marriage to much older men, and the Muslim countries where honor killings are a husband's right (ahh the male ego). Equality Now is an international organization working hard to give these women fundamental human rights. Their newest campaign, Serenity Now, is a special screening of Joss Whedon's sci-fi adventure Serenity in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and the United States. Here in Charlotte, your $12 paid to watch the film at Consolidated Park Terrace 6, 4289 Park Road, on Friday, June 23, will both help this valiant charity and also celebrate Whedon's birthday. Doors open at 7pm. More info at www.cantstoptheserenity.com.