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Rio+20: Highlighting the Voices of Women

Hear a selection of their recommendations, exposing that sustainable development must tackle issues ranging from sanitation to land rights to economic empowerment for women. Read More »

"The grandchildren of today’s youth will need to eat, to breathe, to have their thirst quenched."

Valéria Barbosa da Silva, Brazil

KENYA: Losing a Life to Give a Life

As a nurse, Okeny-Lucia has insider knowledge on the state of maternal health in her homeland. She has dedicated her life to rallying for increased access to health care for pregnant women and their children. Read More »

"No woman should die while giving life."

ETHIOPIA: Tragedy We Can Prevent

Having lost her mother to a complicated pregnancy, PulseWire member Hudda Ibrahim advises her country to take action against skyrocketing maternal mortality rates in her Ethiopian village. Read More »

"Seeing the blood pour from my mother left a scar in my heart."

ZAMBIA: Only I Remain

Despite efforts to educate the public and prevent transmission, Zambia’s HIV-infection rate hovers at 14%. Having lost her family to the pandemic, Voices of Our Future correspondent Chinemu has vowed to be an agent of healing and change. Read More »

“I was now the only surviving member of a family of five.”

UGANDA: Creating a Healthier Future for Our Youth

As early marriages, pregnancies, botched illegal abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases threaten to end childhood for Uganda's girls, Voices of Our Future correspondent Ikirimat Grace Odeke fights for their missing futures. Read More »

"We’ve got no time to lose."

ARGENTINA: 500,000 Reasons to Legalize Abortion

As women’s reproductive rights come under threat in the US, activist and devoted single mom Nasreenamina reminds us that the right to choose is a universal issue with dire consequences for many. Read More »

"I am tired of hearing the cliché ‘children are the future.’ Mothers are the present."

SAUDI ARABIA: Claiming Our Right to Drive

On June 17, Saudi women have chosen to collectively take the wheel despite a nation-wide ban against female drivers. According to World Pulse correspondent Farona, the collective action couldn't come soon enough. Read More »

"I will only believe in my country’s reform when I can see it and touch it."

RWANDA: Defying History

It’s been 17 years since more than 500,000 Rwandans were killed in the horrific genocide of 1994. Today, this tiny East African nation has become a poster child for women’s rights. How have they done it? And what more needs to be done? Read More »

"We have become leaders."

Assumpta Umurungi | AVEGA

Courageous Love

At least 80 countries criminalize same-sex intimacy, but a growing movement to change that is gaining ground. Read More »

"Lesbians are invisible here—but that's because of the fear we plant in our own hearts."

Ade Kusumaningrum | Indonesia

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

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