"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
When Dulce Marlene Contreras started her organization with seven of her friends, she had just one thing on her mind: helping the women in her rural corner of Honduras protect themselves from domestic violence.
When Didi Bertrand Farmer returned to Haiti, she was unprepared for what she saw in the tent cities: an increase in sexual violence; mothers forced to leave their vulnerable daughters; young girls, pregnant as a result of rape.
The strength of Anab Mohamed’s forward thinking female relatives inspired her to make the most of her education. Now she carries that legacy forward through her own outspoken advocacy for girls in her community.
When Zahra Saifey from Afghanistan went off to university, she knew she would gain knowledge. She didn’t know she would shed the security blanket of her restrictive background to claim her autonomy and radically alter her worldview.
A former victim of human trafficking, today Myrna Padilla is using her success in the IT industry to create an online network of support connecting women and girls who might otherwise fall through the cracks.