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NEPAL: Driving with Dignity

In Nepal, female taxi drivers are getting behind the wheel of own lives—and shaking up gender stereotypes in the process. Read More »

“I can proudly say that I am the man of the house.”

Sita Thapa, female taxi driver

CAMEROON: Mama Hates My Sprouting Breasts

Breast ironing, a violent attempt to prevent the sexual development of adolescent girls, has scarred the bodies and psyches of millions of girls in Cameroon. Chi Yvonne Leina reports. Read More »

"Think of a woman whose vagina is mutilated at the age of 9, whose breasts were ironed at the age of 10..."

SAUDI ARABIA: Women Behind Walls

Saudi activist Farona resists restrictions on her freedom, insisting that women's participation in public life is not only a right, but a necessity for her country's development. Read More »

"Men fear women in public space more than the devil."

COLOMBIA: Speaking to Survive

Martha Elena Llano Serna tells her harrowing story of surviving sexual assault and connects the dots between sexual violence and the drug trade in Colombia Read More »

"When we speak, we make this planet a better home. When we talk, we change history."

Call Off Côte d’Ivoire's Bloody War Games

While Côte d’Ivoire violently splits into camps supporting Laurent Gbagbo or Alassane Ouattara—the two men vying for power after November’s disputed election—Ivorian Voices of Our Future correspondent Harmony B. suggests a third option: none of the above. Read More »

"By sending troops to my country, the whole world has signed our death sentence."

A New Era Begins at UN Women

Once sidelined, women are now gaining momentum within the UN system. UN Women opened its doors in January—and with it the doors to women's leadership at the global level. Read More »

“When women around the world put their hearts and minds to a common good, we are unstoppable.”

Ritu Sharma

In Egypt the People Are Taking Control

In this interview, Egyptian blogger Noha Atef admires the courage and cohesion of pro-democracy protesters in Egypt and marvels as the popular uprising in her country builds momentum. Read More »

"I feel that change is coming...we will not fear police anymore."

Noha Atef

South Sudan: The Road to Freedom

Women have shouldered the burden of warfare in south Sudan for decades. Now they are voting 'yes' to a new nation and setting the agenda for its peaceful future. Read More »

"For so long, we have expected that there will be bombing again. Now we think this is the end, and we won’t go back to the bush."

Dolly Odwong

My Camera and Me Against a Regime

Arrested during December's anti-flogging demonstrations in Sudan, Nagla Seed Ahmed and 49 other detained protesters recorded footage from within the jail walls—despite authorities' attempts to confiscate their cameras. Read More »

"I have not and will not miss a demonstration— even if I am imprisoned many times, fined, and flogged."

Gift of Life

A year after the devastating 7.0 earthquake that shook Haiti, Evelyn Margron recalls her miraculous rescue from a collapsed office building. Read More »

"The pain was atrocious, causing my entire body to bend on the mattress below me."

Evelyn Margron

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