Women like Julienne Lusenge, directing a coalition of women’s organizations providing support to survivors of sexual violence; Adeline Nsimire, operating community radio programs, allowing women of the Congo to expand their knowledge and share their experiences of sexual violence; and Noella Alifwa, coordinator of a “one-stop” clinic providing medical assistance and accompaniment to survivors of sexual violence.
Elissa is a social activist and project manager with the Development for People and Nature Association in Lebanon. A passionate trainer and educator, she brings together Lebanese and Syrian youth through arts to build understanding and peace.
Rana was a managing editor with the Daily News Egypt, and is now a freelance writer.
Veronica has been speaking out since she was a child. As a secondary student, she noticed a gap between what women were doing in their communities and what was reported in the media. To address this, she did research in her community, wrote up her findings in a school newspaper—and pinned her work to the walls for the other students to read.
Facia is a radio producer with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
“We need to redefine what makes us secure in this world. It is not arming our country to the teeth. It is not getting other countries to arm themselves to the teeth… It is using that money more rationally to make the countries of the world secure, to make the people of the world secure.”
Women like Maudilia López Cardona, leader of a community women’s group that resists mining operations; Gregoria Crisanta Pérez, a brave community member who cut the power to a foreign-owned mine via an illegal electric post installed on her property; and Diodora Antonia Hernández, survivor of a brutal shooting for her efforts to resist the mining company in her community.
Women like Gilda Rivera Sierra, a feminist who has struggled to promote women’s rights for over three decades; Berta Cáceres Flores, a rural woman who protects indigenous land against large-scale hydroelectric projects; and Daysi Flores, leader of a women’s movement in protest of the 2009 coup d’état.
Meet the fearless women activists of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Women like Alma Gomez, a former guerilla fighter now working to seek justice for victims of femicide in northern Mexico; Daysi Flores who took to the streets in defense of democracy after the 2009 coup in Honduras; and Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum of Guatemala, who works to defend the rights of indigenous communities who are still treated like second-class citizens in Guatemala.
Ruth is the Executive Director of Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange(Isis-WICCE), a Kampala-based women’s resource centre for women fleeing conflict.
Shari is the catalyst behind Informed Opinions, a non-profit initiative that bridges the gender gap in public discourse by amplifying the voices of women in Canada’s mainstream media.
“Climate change affects not only us islanders, it threatens the entire world.”