Women have been at the forefront of an unprecedented movement in Sudan over the past year. Indeed, according to the BBC, women made up 70 percent of protesters on the ground.Yet despite their incredible leadership, female organizers are underrepresented in peace-making processes and still face gender-specific threats for their work. It’s time to correct that imbalance.
After being arbitrarily arrested and assaulted in Yemen for attending a protest in the country’s capital, Azal knew she needed to leave the city. Some 6,000 miles away in Canada, activist and founder of the Peace Track Initiative, Rasha Jarhum, was already on the case. Meet the underground network helping Yemeni women escape the war.
Violence against women in Argentina is rising, with 27 femicides recorded in January alone. Meet the courageous women fighting against a justice system that rarely delivers justice to women. Whether by working on legislation or taking to the streets, these activists are taking a stand.
Waad Al-Kateab and her husband Hamza were living in Aleppo when Syrians began to protest the government and Bashar al-Assad. Waad filmed everything she could, up to and after the birth of her daughter. That footage became the basis for her new documentary “For Sama”, a highly personal depiction of life at war and the impossible choices people must face in conflict.
Women Saving the World
Generation Z is taking a stand, and teen climate activists are leading the movement. Meet nine inspiring individuals who are literally saving the planet—from #FridaysForFuture founder, Greta Thunberg, to executive director of the largest network of youth-led organizations and youth organizers in the United States, Katie Eder of the Future Coalition.
The Philippines is the deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders according to a new report from independent watchdog Global Witness. A total of 164 defenders were killed last year for their work. Many more have been assaulted, harassed and criminalized. Women activists face additional gender-specific threats, including sexual violence.
Recent fictional media would like us to believe that when women occupy positions of power they fall victim to the same negative tendencies as men. Emphasis on fiction. The truth is clear. When women, specifically feminist women, are represented equally across the board—we all win.