When Mariama Kandeh was a young girl, she never questioned her parents or culture. But when she began to think more about female genital mutilation, she made up her mind: It was time to speak out against harmful traditional practices.
Her community turned against her when she had a child out of wedlock as a teenager. But Marie-Claire Kuja has found strength in her own voiceand is now transforming her homeland of Cameroon for the better.
In the wake of the recent murder of Honduran activist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Berta Cáceres, World Pulse community member Beverly Bell pays tribute to her friend's social justice legacy.
"I hope that someday, the family—so highly esteemed in our social structures—will protect women and young girls, and stop apologizing for men when they have wronged women." —Lilian Lindani Mwaita Cirambadare
Following the release of No Ceiling’s report on the global gender gap, World Pulse called out to its online network of tens of thousands of grassroots women leaders from 190 countries to give voice to the data.