What can we do? That is what Dr. Denis Mukwege asked us all when he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018 for his work with survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Aweng Ade-Chuol was born in a Kenyan refugee camp. As a child she immigrated with her family to Australia, where she was scouted by a modeling agency. Today, at age 22, she is a world-famous model who advocates for mental health and equality—especially for refugee girls.
Opal Tometi co-founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 alongside activists Alicia Garza and Patrisse Cullors.
“It should be no real surprise to people that Black Lives Matter was founded by three women. However, I find often people are surprised to learn that. The fact is that Black women and women, period, are oftentimes key architects of social movements.”
Ziauddin joined Malala Yousafzai in creating the Malala Fund for girls education.
“I was encouraging Malala not just to be an educated girl, but to be a girl who is a girl known by her own name.”
Nadia Murad is a survivor. In 2014, when she was just 19 years old, ISIS militants carried out a genocide against her Yazidi community, a minority group of 500,000 people in Northern Iraq.
Today, Murad is working to bring ISIS to justice for their genocide against the Yazidi community and rebuild what ISIS destroyed in Iraq through her organization Nadia’s Initiative.
Women’s rights and opportunities vary across state lines in America. The new U.S. Women, Peace and Security Index ranks all 50 states and reveals vast differences in women’s status: Massachusetts, at the top, scores almost four times better than Louisiana, at the bottom.
See where your state ranks.
Women cannot close gaps in political representation, economic inclusion, and health outcomes on their own. As John F. Kennedy said: “A rising tide lifts all boats.”
Here are some ways men can be good allies—straight from some male allies themselves.
Women-led nations—like Germany, Norway, and New Zealand—have been touted for their effective response to COVID-19 and relatively low mortality rates.
We asked ambassadors from these countries what made their national responses to the global pandemic so effective.
Given the scope and urgency of the challenges facing women and girls during the pandemic, there are immediate actions individuals and governments can take to protect women and girls in the most vulnerable situations.
On Friday, Clinton and Georgetown President John J. DeGioia presented awards to three women who are powerful voices for human rights in their international and local positions.