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There are many ways to make a difference for women’s rights. We are shining the spotlight on courageous individuals, creative initiatives and dynamic organizations from around the world whose work for women’s empowerment is not yet widely known but is making a real and immediate difference in women’s lives.
“There is a delicate line between being a journalist where you are just reporting and informing, versus being an activist where you are advocating and agitating and the Thomson Reuters Foundation was very, very clear that what we were doing was journalism – we did factually accurate and balanced reporting, we didn’t advocate or agitate”. Thin Lei Win
Portraits of Strong Girls, Ferocious Women, Warrior Activists and Epic Elders, by Photographer Lisa Levart
“I created the Goddess on Earth: ORACLE deck and guidebook to bring forth the wisdom of Kiri and the thirty-nine other women portrayed. Though diverse in age and backgrounds, every woman exudes a generosity of spirit. Each woman offers her voice and wisdom on the power of archetypes as a gift to others,” says Lisa Levart.
As we, as a society, continue to learn, listen and speak out against racism, here is an updated list of resources: books, films, documentaries for kids and adults.
WOMAN offers an intimate portrait of motherhood, education, marriage, financial independence, menstruation and sexuality.
“If you’re going to have sex, protect yourselves” – one teacher’s fight to make Ecuadorian sex education more realistic.
Feminist Urbanism by numbers. Selection of resources about the movement to make cities safer, more inclusive and women-friendly.
Learn about “Safetipin” an app that is helping women in India, Colombia, Philippines and Papua New Guinea navigate existing streetscapes more safely.
“Consuming fresh produce means a more satisfying and healthy diet, a difference you can tell with the first bite,” says Rosalía Paucar, farmer at the orchard in Guangopolo’s province.
Girls in Uganda often miss school when they are menstruating – the average is one to three days per month. Like Pauline, many feel ashamed due to the stigma attached to periods in Uganda – menstruating girls are often perceived as “unclean” and are even believed to have the power to stop crops from growing.
“Amanda Gorman set the world on fire with her incredible performance on Inauguration Day. And then a few weeks later the Duke and Duchess visited our Get Lit poetry class,” says Get Lit founder Diane Lane.
“I now live in two worlds. One is not better than the other. They’re just different. Don’t ask me to choose, but do give me the space to live fully in both,” says Anna Msowoya Keys, founder of Maloto.
Through her powerful photography, Sharon Attia explores ways in which collaborative culture – and boxing – can empower women and girls in male-dominated spaces.
Female plastic surgeons help disadvantaged women suffering from disfiguring conditions caused by domestic violence, war and accidents.
In Malawi, a sanitary pad can determine if a girl stays in school, if a woman keeps her job or if she manages to grow enough food to feed herself and her family.
“People would ask me for my boss when they spoke to me, because they assume my boss assuming was a “he.””
Issue 5 (October 2016) Women and Health
“This is a movement. And my work does not end here. It’s just beginning,” affirms Carmen Perez, one of the four national co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington.
La Vacuna highlights a new vaccine to protect women and young girls before they become infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), that causes most cervical cancer.
The United States has the highest maternal mortality rate of any industrialized country in the world. The AMERICAN Dream shows women telling their stories related to maternal health care in the US.
In Ghana, only two out of every one hundred people suffering from a mental illness have access to the support and care that they need.
India is currently suffering a mental health crisis. With only 43 government-run mental hospitals serving a population of 1.2 billion, resources are spread thin.
Issue 4 (June 2016)
With over 80% of Burundians living on less than $1.45 and 45% of young people unemployed, the organization Kaz’O’zah Art, empowers Burundian women with sustainable livelihoods to support their families.
Since the day when the first boat full of refugees landed on the shore in front of the Aphrodite Hotel on the Greek island of Lesvos over a year ago, Aphrodite Vati Mariola and her family have been immersed in the refugee crisis.
Refugee crisis by numbers. A selection of data about the current refugee crisis from around the Web.
A selection of films and documentaries about the current migration crisis and its impact on women.
Helping communities to become active participants in the global effort to reduce poverty and inequality.
Award-winning photojournalist Lynsey Addario features the experiences of three children displaced as a result of three different conflicts.
Ruthy Goes to Church portrays Ruth Jones, second-in-command of the Manenberg Church Brigade in Cape Town.
Issue 3 (March 2016)
The END Fund and Amani Global Works are implementing a program to control and eradicate neglected tropical diseases (NTD) in the island of Idjwi in Congo.
Edwina von Gal, founder of the Perfect Earth Project is raising consciousness about toxins in the environment and creating a demand for chemical-free landscaping.
Christiana Figueres, Co-Creator with world governments of one of the most important global environmental agreements of the century.
Chedino & Family is part of the project Proud Women of Africa, a collection of short visual stories that portrays the daily lives of remarkable women living or working in Africa.
Laura Azpilicueta talks about working as an executive in a male-dominated industry, and how solar energy figures in the future of our global needs.
Ginny Graves from Glamour had exclusive access to watch them train at NASA’s facilities in Houston—and talked about their epic adventure.
A selection of films and documentaries that showcase the impact of climate change and natural disasters on women.
Issue 2 (November 2015)
An all-female unit has been active in arming and training Yazidi women before sending them to the frontline.
“The women I photograph have fought, survived, overcome or simply ignored the obstacles that life has thrown at them.”
Like many teenager girls, they love lipstick and navigate the teenage years with a daily dose of drama. However, thanks to an international program called Favela Street, these girls are able to become fit, tough and talented soccer players.
A worldwide youth video festival and contest is helping to provide a voice to girls and young women whose films act not only as creative expressions of their own realities and the oftentimes critical issues that they face.
Issue 1 (August 2015) Profiles of Valor: Israeli Women Activists tell their Stories
Founder of first Haredi Women’s Party, U’Bezchutan
Bestselling author; Journalist; Speaker on women’s issues
Lawyer for Social Justice; Coordinator of the Israel 1325 Project; Program Director at Itach-Maaki
“The only one of its kind in the world,” boasts the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg. However criticism on the way indigenous themes are treated abound.
Social Worker; Peace Activist in Wahat al Salam
Educator, Mother, Advocate for Compassion and Peace
Co-Founder of the First Hasidic Feminist Organization; Agent of Social Change
Feminist Spiritual Innovator; Community Leader; First Female Congregational Rabbi in Israel
Former Knesset Member for Yesh Atid; First Ethiopian-Israeli TV Presenter; Lawyer
Advocate Against Sexual Violence; Lawyer; Beauty Queen; Rape Survivor