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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

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."

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

Edwidge Danticat: Return to Haiti

Internationally acclaimed author and memoirist on her homeland, post-disaster. Read More »

"Recovery efforts can learn a lot from the way women have been recovering for years—from droughts, from floods, from hurricanes."

Haiti: Honoring the Ancestors

Port-au-Prince, Haiti: It’s September, nearly nine months after the massive January 12 earthquake that leveled the capital in a 30-second spasm, irrevocably altering Haiti’s present and future. Read More »

"Haitian women carry the burden of the country on their heads."

Michaelle Jean | General Governor of Canada

Visionary Leaders

Women in Burma Will Not Be Silenced

With the expectation of elections looming on the horizon, it is a critical moment for Burma. General Than Shwe and the Burmese military have promised the people of Burma that they will head for the polls for the first time in twenty years this fall. Read More »

"It is up to the rest of us to decide how much longer we can ignore these cries."

Through His Eyes

Not Alone Anymore

Across India, Satish Singh inspires men to break with brutal traditions and stand behind the women in their lives and villages. Read More »

Voices of Our Future

Evicting Demons: Who Will Exorcise My Land?

Voices of Our Future correspondent Nusrat Ara challenges Kashmir's leaders to find solutions to the demons that haunt her homeland. Read More »

"I wonder if my land can ever be exorcised of these injustices, killings, and demeaning humiliations."

Finding Face

In Finding Face, filmmakers Skye Fitzgerald and Patti Duncan present a startling portrait of a young woman's life forever altered by an inhuman crime. While difficult to witness, this film’s harrowing story is deeply important to acknowledge. Read More »

My Life, My Kashmir

Fatima Sultan Syed pierces the shroud obscuring one of the world’s most enduring conflicts—a brutal 60-year dispute between India and Pakistan over her homeland of Kashmir. Some, including US President Obama, say that resolving this conflict may be the key to peace for a region plagued by violence. Read More »

"Soldiers huddled in bunkers that were pushed shoulder-to-shoulder against unlucky houses at the end of the lanes. This was not a hidden conflict anymore; it was a battle fought in the streets."

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