“I have to believe that change is in me, and my activism has to be more strong and radical. Not to diminish others or to scare them, but to believe if I have this voice, I can get to wherever I can imagine.”
Heny Cuesta is a badass Afro-Colombian activist and filmmaker. She's ...read more
16 Days of Activism
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is a global annual campaign that brings attention to gender violence and highlights the work of activists all over the world. Every year, each day from November 25th to December 10th, Nobel Women's Initiative highlights 16 grassroots women activists and peacebuilders working for peace, justice and equality. Subscribe to have the spotlights sent right to your inbox!
“I was ready to risk it all, just to get people to talk about this issue.”
It was late 2018. Liz O’Sullivan began to wonder what was happening in a windowless room at Clarifai, the artificial intelligence startup for which she was head of data operations. Information that trickled out ...read more
Twenty-four-year-old Iranian activist Yasaman Aryani has been unjustly imprisoned since April simply for removing her hijab in public. She now faces a 16 year sentence.
On March 8th, 2019, International Women’s Day, 24-year-old Yasaman Aryani, her mother, and another woman walked into a ...read more
"They talk like we have a migration crisis, but for me, we actually have a responsibility crisis."
Muzna Dureid is a major multi-hyphenate. She is a Syrian activist and women’s rights defender, the creator of campaigns such as Women Refugees Not Captives, the Indigenous – Refugees movement, and a ...read more
Activist, grad student and former tailor, Louise McGowan, grew up in Belfast towards the end of the Troubles. Living in Northern Ireland throughout the peace process inspired a keen interest in human rights, justice and equality that ultimately ended her career as a tailor. Sick of working for rich ...read more
Journalist, activist and student Shroq Al-Qaesemi has never stood on the sidelines. She started recording and photographing the war in Yemen using just her phone. Forced to leave the country, she remains as active as ever to advocate for a Yemeni peace process that includes women. Shroq is a ...read more
16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence starts today! As the global climate strikes have demonstrated, 2019 has been the year of youth movements. Over the next two weeks we are profiling 16 resourceful, rebellious, and completely remarkable young women activists speaking truth to power and ...read more
Photo by JEEHYUN KWON.
“What I do is deeply meaningful. The small people, the little people, hand in hand, pooling our efforts – we changed history!”
Wang Xuan began her career as an English teacher and linguist, but her life’s work has been the heroic crusade that exposed a World War II war ...read more