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We believe in the power of our individual and collective voices to inform and inspire change. CHIME FOR CHANGE Managing Editor Mariane Pearl collaborates with our worldwide community of journalists to curate and share the experiences of individuals working to advance gender equality.

CHIME Through the Years: “What Makes a Man? A Letter to My Son” by Miriam Cruz

Dear Son, The first rays of sun are hitting my window, time for us to get ready for the day. Like every morning, I read the news in bed. Things don´t transform overnight do they? There are still nine women killed every day, 270 of us every month, Impunity: 99%.

CHIME Through the Years: “Trauma at Birth: The Truth Behind Obstetric Violence” by Dunia Verona

I never thought that eighteen later, I would still be fighting against it. When it happened to me, I didn’t have a name for it either. I knew that I would bring forth children in pain, we all anticipate a degree of it, but I didn’t expect to give birth in contempt, let alone violence.

CHIME Through the Years: ‘The Protest’ by Veronica Munoz

Every member in Veronica’s family has been ill since anyone can remember. Today she herself has multiple infections, and her two sons are also suffering from chronic bronchitis and other pulmonary diseases.

CHIME Through the Years: “There Is No Why” by Hazel Zamora

Hazel was six years old when a wave of femicides swept the town of Juarez. Girls and young women between the ages of 15 through 25 were being raped and murdered. Now 25 years old, and a young journalist, Hazel is assigned the killing of young women as a beat.

CHIME Through the Years: ‘Steady Paths’ by Laura Hernandez

Laura is a communication specialist, journalist and activist who specializes in gender-based violence. Her role is to help victims recover from abusive relationships and rebuild their self-esteem.

CHIME Through the Years: ‘People Like Carmen’ by Maya Goded

Brought up in a politically committed family, as a child, Maya was encouraged to develop her social consciousness and to keep an eye open for the unbeaten paths in life. Today, she has spent more than 30 years taking photographs of the women Mexico would rather not see or show.

CHIME Through the Years: “Letter to Louise Michel” by Florine Constant and Louise Pluyaud

Louise was named after the ultimate French feminist Louise Michel, a name she intends to honor. Two hundred years after her namesake’s death, Louise explains what feminism looks like now.

CHIME Through the Years: “But I Never Said Yes” by Delphine Deilly

Delphine experienced early sexual trauma when she was too young to understand her right to consent to sex. Years later, as a young mother, she tells the stories of young women who have lived through the same problem.

CHIME Through the Years: “Cyber Harassed” by Anais Condomines

Anais described the inspiration for her project to Marie Claire, saying, “I’m regularly insulted and harassed on social media. I write about feminism and women’s rights. It’s a gold mine for harassers.”

CHIME Through the Years: “Sleepless Nights” by Charlotte Pouch and Fabienne

For the last four years Charlotte has followed the story of her friend, a victim of domestic violence, to try and explain why it is so difficult for victims to escape it.

CHIME Through the Years: “Say Yes and Do No” by by Hanane Guendil

Raised in Algeria among women, Hanane believed France was the ultimate country of women’s rights until she moved there and found herself at odd with reality and politics.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Fairest of Them All” by Olivia Gay

After her mother left home when she was 13, Olivia started taking photographs of women with a focus on people we tend to ignore, prostitutes, factory workers and prisoners among others. She now revisits her fascination with hidden women.

CHIME Through the Years: “La Maison des Femmes” by Alice Gayraud

As a young woman, Alice was raped and endured repeated sexual violence, without finding the help she needed to overcome her trauma. The only place where she found holistic help was in La Maison des Femmes in Seine Saint Denis.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Abuse Epidemic Hiding in Idyllic French Towns Is Flat-Out Frightening” by Laurène Daycard

Every three days In France, a woman is killed by her husband or ex-husband. Miscellaneous news articles are published in the media. Flashy headlines but little content as the press rarely investigates the nature of these violent acts. Over the course of almost a year, the French reporter Laurène Daycard have been looking back on the life of one of the 123 women that disappeared in 2016. By telling Géraldine Sohier’s story, killed on October 12, 2016 by her ex-husband, Laurène Daycard wanted to give a face and a voice to the many victims of femicide in France.

CHIME Through the Years: “Women’s Voices Within” from Women Bylines Iraq

In March of 2015, CHIME FOR CHANGE conducted a journalism and storytelling workshop in Erbil, Iraq for Yazidi and Christian refugees who had fled ISIS.

CHIME Through the Years: “How to Survive in a Beauty-Obsessed World” by Savannah Kelley for ConnectHER

We live in a world that values our bodies for what they look like, but we can choose to value our bodies for what they do.

CHIME Through the Years: “BVUDZI: A Hair Affair” by Tapiwa Gambura for ConnectHER

BVUDZI, which translates to "hair" in Shona, is a short film that explores the story of a young black woman whose femininity has been largely defined by the length and texture of her hair. It tackles the politics of identity and follows the young woman's difficult journey to reclaim her womanhood.

CHIME Through the Years: “Love You Forever” by Amanda Gordon for ConnectHER

A coming of age film about a daughter who reminisces on her relationship with her mother who suffers from depression. Because of her mother's mental health, the daughter must redefine how she views her mother and unconditional love.

CHIME Through the Years: “Dara” by Aya Matrabie for ConnectHER

A short documentary film showing the philosophy of circle in the life of Yara Ayoub, she is a young girl from Gaza, an optician and an amateur for embroidery with tara. Many circles in her life, the most important is the circle of living in Gaza.

CHIME Through the Years: “Your Flowers Did Not Fade” by Christin Chae for ConnectHER

"Your Flowers Did Not Fade" tackles the Comfort Women Issue that is still an ongoing problem. The victims share their deep, personal stories of their youth to inform the world about the horrors of sex trafficking. Efforts to fight for their rights continue.

CHIME Through the Years: “Not Your Bride: A Woman’s Constitution” by Tapiwa Gambura for ConnectHER

Once a child bride, Ruvimbo decided to take a stand against the Zimbabwean Constitution and illegalise child marriages in Zimbabwe. Now, Ruvimbo is the founder of the Topodzi Foundation Trust that aims to eradicate child marriages forever and uplift Women's Rights.

CHIME Through the Years: “Stolen Skin” by Nell Basley and Taryn Everdeen for ConnectHER

'Stolen Skin' is a spoken word piece accompanied by a montage of sounds and visuals, depicting the experiences and feelings of victims of public sexual harassment.

CHIME Through the Years: “16-Year-Old Wives” by Gulgun Mammadkhanova for ConnectHER

Early marriages is a big issue among ethnic minorities in Georgia. The UN women study found that 32% of married ethnic minority women had married before 18. '16 years old wives' depict the marriage stories of women whispering in the background of a night village shot.

CHIME Through the Years: “A Social Statement” by Kylie Huerta for ConnectHER

Catcalling, harassment, wage inequality. They are all things that are considered to be a part of growing up as a young woman. I wanted to create a film that would empower young women to speak out against the sexual harassment that is considered normal and to take a look at the harm it causes.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Girls of the Desert” by Anabella Funk for ConnectHER

In the Thar Desert along the border of Rajasthan, India, only 1 in 100 girls will graduate 12th grade this film aims to change that.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Chain Breaker” by Muhammad Waseem for ConnectHER

Sameer challenged the "no inheritance policy" which is considered taboo in his area. When women ask for the right her family member do social boycott her. Sameer stood firm and despite all those hurdles he asked for his mother right and now fighting with his paternal uncles through legal procedure.

CHIME Through the Years: “Passoon” by Sarah Jehaan Khan for ConnectHER

CHIME FOR CHANGE Through the Years: The Female Fabric is a series curated by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl featuring stories from the CHIME journalism platform archives by women around the world.

CHIME Through the Years: “Women in Tech: Female Software Engineers Aim to Close Gender Gap” by Aneta Felix for ConnectHER

The phenomenon of gender imbalance in STEM education and careers is more prevalent in Africa where cultural beliefs imposes gender roles for women. But in Nigeria, a group of women are breaking the barriers, and closing the gap.

CHIME Through the Years: “Be Bold & Win the Dream” by Novera Nikkon for ConnectHER

It is a story of a group of spirited young girls those who have been organized under the banner of a football team to stand against the social injustice and custom. As sports are quite forbidden for the women and are treated as the violation of Muslim religious rules in conservative Bangladesh.

CHIME Through the Years: “Yellow Card” by Maia Vota for ConnectHER

The story of the Burlington High School girls' soccer team and the launch of their equal pay campaign.

CHIME Through the Years: “Under the Scarf” by Ana Antuna, Mehrin Ashraf, Michelle Leon & Cheyenne Williams for Women’s Voices Now

Mehrin, like any other teenage girl tries to navigate her way through high school. Once the scarf is on, she’s deemed a stereotype.

CHIME Through the Years: “Men Buy Sex” by Alice Russell for Women’s Voices Now

Three men share radically different experiences of paying for sex while three women lip sync to their words. A frank exploration of gender inequality that uses subverted perspectives to ask: What can their stories tell us about our society, others, and ourselves?

CHIME Through the Years: “Breaking Silence” by Nadya Ali for Women’s Voices Now

Three Muslim women share their stories of sexual assault. In a deeply personal way they challenge the stigma that has long suppressed the voices of survivors.

CHIME Through the Years: “To Defy Her Destiny a Woman Must Be Heard” by Heidi Basch-Harod

I feel compelled to commit my work to women's rights as an act of gratitude toward my mother. And for the countless women throughout the world who defy the status quo with their voices and their actions every day. Since women in the media industry are still under-represented, the female lens remains an under-told vision.

CHIME Through the Years: “Overcoming North Korea” by Lucia Jang and Susan Elizabeth McClelland

In 1993, a famine began in North Korea caused by the breakdown in the communist country’s food distribution network, the collapse of its main trading partner, the Soviet Union, as well as a brutal series of severe floods and droughts. Only the elite in Pyongyang, the capital, escaped hunger and Lucia Jang’s family wasn’t one of them. She survived but million people starved to death by the end of that decade.

CHIME Through the Years: “To My Vietnamese Mogul Grandmother” by Tiffany Pham

Dear Grandmother, I wanted you to know that wishing to follow in your footsteps—in my generation—has led me to create a mobile app and a platform for women worldwide.

CHIME Through the Years: “In and Out of Extremism” by Yasmin Malbocus

Yasmin Mulbocus used to be a recruiter for an extremist group. Now she’s doing everything she can to fight against radicalization and terrorism—find out why in our latest Fuuse Voices video.

CHIME Through the Years: “Dancing with the Wolves” by Gillian August Thorp

CHIME FOR CHANGE Through the Years: The Female Fabric is a series curated by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl featuring stories from the CHIME journalism platform archives by women around the world. By Gillian August Thorp On October 20, 1974, my father fell asleep for the last time in a red Fiat, parked in our […]

CHIME Through the Years: “The Soundtracks Beating Gender Violence” by Judy Cantor

In Spain, over nine hundred women have been murdered by their male partners or exes over the past fifteen years. 150,000 women have reported physical abuse in 2017 alone. But if headlines keep denouncing gender crimes, they are also reflecting how women are now speaking out and taking the streets in unprecedented ways.

CHIME Through the Years: “I Want You to Know” by Ravindra

One man comes face to face with his past and accepts the role he played in perpetuating norms that lead to gender-based violence. It took him 50 years to change his behavior. How long will it take you?

CHIME Through the Years: “Saving Sons” by Farahnaz Zahidi

Her name is Yasmeen Khan. She is a daughter of this soil. As the loudspeaker of the mosque near her office summons the faithful to Friday prayers, she respectfully covers her head.

CHIME Through the Years: “Crafting the City’s Social Fabric” with Sakina M’Sa

Social barriers don’t mean much for designer and activist Sakina M’Sa. If you ever see her walking in the streets of Paris, you’ll recognize her easily. She’s three feet two inches, styles her hair as an Afro and flashes an easy smile. Also, she might be surrounded by fashion models or by prison inmates, or both. Labels don’t mean much to her either: she was once an illegal immigrant escaping forced marriage; instead she became a punk, an amateur philosopher, an haute-couture designer and a social worker.

CHIME Through the Years: “Black Passionaria” by Eve Blouin

When I first heard on the news that a Yazidi girl and a Congolese doctor were the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, I was overwhelmed with bittersweet jubilation.

CHIME Through the Years: “War Child” by Michaela DePrince

As a ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet, dancing is my way of talking. I can let go of everything and my emotions remain pure. My imagination and the ability to express myself through dance help me to be my best self. There on stage, I am myself. For in my performance lies everything: my past, present and future.

CHIME Through the Years: “Anna: South Sudan’s Only Female Editor-in-Chief” by Anna Nimiriano

My parents weren’t happy when I chose to become a journalist. They said one day I was going to die for it.But I told them that everyone dies eventually and if God decides that it’s my time to go while working as a journalist, so be it.

CHIME Through the Years: “I Was an Angry Men’s Rights Activist. Now I’m a Fierce Feminist” by Edwin Hodge

I discovered the men’s rights movement when I was 22, working at a bookstore in downtown Kelowna, British Columbia. I was trying to earn some money before starting my second year at university.

CHIME Through the Years: “Shugs and Fats” by Nadia Manzoor

CHIME FOR CHANGE Through the Years: The Female Fabric is a series curated by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl featuring stories from the CHIME journalism platform archives by women around the world. By Nadia Manzoor We’re trending again. Everyone wants to discuss us – what we wear, what we eat, where we belong. There are […]

CHIME Through the Years: “Meet Deere: Queen of Internet Streaming” by Amanda Bloom

“When the wig is on, it’s officially Deere time.” This is what the ravishing drag queen tells her 15,400-plus Twitch followers as she nears the end of her transformation from 32-year-old man to the long-lashed, high-cheekboned, full-lipped, devil-may-care video-gaming maven Deere. 

CHIME Through the Years: “Introduction to ConnectHER” by Lila Igram

I love listening to my mom talk about growing up in a small village in Lebanon. By the time she was 18, she met my dad, a Lebanese American who brought her to the USA where I was born. My mom only made it to second grade back in the tiny Lebanese village which turned her into a big advocate for my sister and I to graduate from college.

CHIME Through the Years: “Fotokids Then and Now” by Nancy McGirr

Fotokids is a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty for at-risk children in Guatemala and among children of farmworkers in the Central Valley of California. Serving more than a thousand children affected by poverty and violence, Fotokids gives them a chance to dream and build a better life by using photography, graphic design, media technology and visual arts training as tools for self-expression, creativity, leadership and future employment.

CHIME Through the Years: “Introduction to Fotokids” by Nancy McGirr

I founded Fotokids 28 years ago after leaving my career as a Reuters news agency’s combat staff photographer in Central America. Originally, the program started with six kids from Guatemala City’s vast garbage dump. It has since served thousands of children from poor areas of Guatemala, Honduras and children of migrant workers in California’s Central Valley.

CHIME Through the Years: Mental Health Series by Girls Write Now

CHIME FOR CHANGE Through the Years: The Female Fabric is a series curated by CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl featuring stories from the CHIME journalism platform archives by women around the world. By Girls Write Now Mentors & Mentees “Salt on Old Wounds” by Sabrina Persaud Sometimes we are hurt by the ones we love […]

CHIME Through the Years: “A Letter to Love” by Millicent Wangui

Dear Love,I’m not sure how to feel about you because I feel like my heart is quite fine and full, thank you very much. All the same, I’m still looking because I need to know what you feel like. I’m told that finding you would be like finding the piece of my heart that I never knew was missing; Where are you? I’m only 23 years old but I feel like I’ve been on a lifelong mission trying to find you.

CHIME Through the Years: “Tethered” by Nathalie Neubert

There once was a girl talking to two guys on Tinder; they were both named Max. She liked one more than the other and when he sent her a message: “Drink this Thursday?” In her nonchalant, playing-it-cool reply, she agreed, ending up on a date with the wrong Max.

CHIME Through the Years: “Time to Shift Balance” by Aurélie Salvaire

I grew up in the South of France, and for all the hype about how liberated French women are, men there were considered worthier by virtue of their gender alone. Men would sit at the dinner table exuding authority, while women would serve them food. Men would talk, women would listen. Teenagers would routinely slut shame their dates, and it was believed that occasionally slapping your wife around “didn’t hurt anyone.”

CHIME Through the Years: “Inmates” by Olivia Gay

My father was a salesman. He would travel all year long to sell the titanic printing machines formerly used in the packaging industry. He was smart, he would dress to impress with three-piece suits, impeccable nails and the scent of « Pour un Homme » from Caron. My mother, like many at that time, married very young as a means to escape her own family.

CHIME Through the Years: “Who Cares” by Daniela Rea

My name is Daniela Rea and I have two daughters, Naira and Emilia, aged 5 and 2 years-old. Until I became their mothers, I was a woman living in a world built by and for men. A woman who was used to carving a space for herself in a patriarchal world, to compete rather than to help, to legitimate what was expected of me, rather than figuring out who I was and how I could best contribute to my community. Giving birth to my daughters made me reflect about what it means to be a woman.

CHIME Through the Years: “Mireille’s Arc: A Lifeboat in the DRC” by Mireille Tushiminina

In the old church building, a very confident Grace stood at the front of the room surrounded by young girls from her community. She had just finished giving her talk about her personal journey from child prostitute to community builder and motivational speaker.

CHIME Through the Years: “From Human Trafficking unto Harvard College” by Agnes Igoye

Fourteen. That’s how old I was when the Lord’s Resistance Army raided my home village in Eastern Uganda. As a teenager, I was quickly cast aside for sexual exploitation by the LRA Commanders in charge of triage. They wanted virgins, the younger the girl, the better. I narrowly escaped them by following a crowd, a mass movement of bodies that got itself wrapped in a cloud of dust, and was later able to join my family.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Power of Grey-Zones in a World of Black and White” by Sabrina Tekle Krarup Jensen

I grew up in Denmark with what most Danes would refer to as an afro. It wasn’t an afro, just curly hair. But even in our ultra-globalized world, the nuances of what constitutes race and origin still elude many of us. Identity in a black and white world means that brown girls like me are often not represented. Growing-up, I overcompensated for being different (not blond, not white) and often straightened my hair.

CHIME Through the Years: “Sing It Out Loud” by Gola

I was arrested many times. Detained for a strand of hair escaping from my hijab, or because I sat next to a boy or went to a student party. They tried to arrest me once (and my mum!) as we celebrated a football victory. This was before I even announced my calling as a pop singer.

CHIME Through the Years: “Bahrain: The Forbidden Land of The Arab Spring” by Stéphanie Lamorré

It is virtually impossible for journalists to enter Bahrain, they can’t sneak in illegally, like some do in Syria, because Bahrain is an island, one located between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

CHIME Through the Years: “Coming Out in Malawi” by Otoli Mundo

My mother cried when I told her but said nothing and life went on as normal. I live in  Area 24, a bustling neighborhood in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital. I’ve graduated in hospitality business and I make a living as a health worker. I was a young woman among others until the day my photo ran on front page of the Malawi Daily Times, the country’s largest newspaper.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Real Pain of Irrational Beliefs” by Immaculate Amoit

I grew up in a small village in Western Kenya in what I believed was a liberal and progressive family. I saw men supporting women; in fact, my father raised my elder sisters and me. Everyone received equal education, and we all went to school.

CHIME Through the Years: “Photography Project Lets Young Afghan Girls Share Their View of the World” by Mariam Alimi

Most of these students have never held a camera. That was clear when I started working on this project in June of last year, teaching photography skills to 10 teenage girls living in Bamiyan, Afghanistan.

CHIME Through the Years: “Internet Helps Afghan Women Find Their Voice in Battle for Equality” by Sonia Azatyar

In a country considered one of the worst places on earth to be female, where women face daily harassment and obstacles due to their gender, being online has given them more freedom in their protracted battle for equal rights.

CHIME Through the Years: “Woman-Owned Businesses On the Rise in Afghanistan” by Alia Rajai

In ultra-conservative Afghanistan, women are rarely seen in business, and many face obstacles and social pressures. For Akbari, the battle is worth it. “I get depressed when I’m not working,” she said.

CHIME Through the Years: “Female Trailblazers Shatter Stereotypes in Afghanistan” by Tahmina Saleem

In a country that’s arguably one of the most challenging places on earth to be a woman, there are brave ones pushing boundaries, challenging social norms and inspiring people all over the world. Photojournalist Tahmina Saleem takes a peek into the lives of seven women from Afghanistan, some of the first ladies to emerge in their professions since the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001.

CHIME Through the Years: “Female Musician Makes Waves in Male-Dominated Afghanistan” by Sitara Sadaat

In a conservative and traditional country like Afghanistan, where women can be burned, lashed and stoned simply for their gender, it takes a lot of courage for a young woman to play music in public. Fazila Zamir has plenty.

CHIME Through the Years: “Why the ‘Barbaric’ Practice of Stoning Is Still Used in Afghanistan” by Parastoo Saqib

In the twenty-first century, Afghans are still being stoned to death, most of them women. They are being punished according to outdated religious teachings and beliefs, which are gaining popularity as the environment worsens for Afghan women.

CHIME Through the Years: “What it’s Like to be Married at 7 Years Old” by Shougofa Alikozay

For this 37-year-old mother of five, life is the picture of enforced marriage: she barely scrapes by on less than a dollar a day and cannot afford to take any of her children to school.

CHIME Through the Years: “For Afghan Women Seeking Divorce, a Wild Goose Chase” by Zahra Nader

Sadat’s story is not unusual in Afghanistan, a place where women face multiple problems before and after divorce. Divorce through an Islamic religious scholar is typically not possible for women without the consent of their husbands, and getting a divorce in Afghanistan's court system, against their husbands’ will, takes many long years.

CHIME Through the Years: “Combating the Misery of Menstruation for Afghan Girls” by Sahar Fetrat

Among Afghan families, menstruation is a shameful secret. It is almost never discussed, even between mother and daughter, and girls often start their menses without understanding what is happening to them.

CHIME Through the Years: “Kabul in 1979 and 2016: A Mother and Daughter Reflect on Change” by Sparghai Basir Aryan

I’m one of the few girls from Qalatak to attend university. My mother died when I was only 6, but I know she would be proud. My father, one of the most educated men in the village and a former school teacher, can’t stop beaming. Neither can I.

CHIME Through the Years: “Beaten and Tortured for 24 Years to Pay for Her Father’s Mistake” by Nadia Zahel

Spogmai was just 12 years old when she was separated from her parents and handed over to another family. But this was no ordinary arranged marriage. Instead, she was given to a man more than three times her age in order to settle a family feud.

CHIME Through the Years: “I Dressed Like a Boy So I Could Go to School” by Zahra Joya

Life for an Afghan woman is grueling, like a constant state of war. The country resembles a burning oven, where one can feel the heat of discrimination with every breath.

CHIME Through the Years: Mission Fight Back – Testimonies

What is a man supposed to do when his child is being stalked? Or when a wife is being beaten by her husband? What is a man supposed to do when a child is molested by a religious teacher?

CHIME Through the Years: “Mission Fight Back: Safety in Our Own Fists” by Vadika Mishra

In India’s mythological magnum opus ‘Mahabharata’, Draupadi, the main female protagonist of the literary work, is insulted and is being disrobed in the King’s court since her five husbands lost her on the gambling table. Lord Krishna’s divine intervention saves Draupadi’s honor. Till Krishna intervenes nobody rises to save her or to speak against the disgraceful act. Even the elders watched in confused silence. In today’s time, Draupadi’s shame continues and society remains largely silent. However, Krishna the saviour, is missing…

CHIME Through the Years: “Mission Fight Back Prologue: Fighting Back” by Lt. Col. Rohit Mishra (Retd.)

When Vedica my thirteen years old daughter insisted that we go to the India Gate to light a candle in honour of the late Nirbhaya, the young victim of the Delhi gang rape, I wasn’t too keen on it.The area remains a high-security zone after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks and I didn’t think a candle would do much good, anyway. “Why don’t you do something meaningful for her cause?”, I remember telling her...I realized then that Vedica and her friends hadn’t forgotten Nirbhaya at all, on the contrary, violence against women was a main subject of conversation for them and they were genuinely concerned for their safety.

CHIME Through the Years: Stories from Acid Attack Survivors

"I am 20 now, but when the acid attack happened, I was only 18. The boy was from the next town over where my maternal grandmother lives and I used to visit her frequently. That day, he saw me and started following and verbally harassing me all the way back to my house. I tried to avoid him, then repeatedly pleaded for him to leave me alone, to no effect."

CHIME Through the Years: “Acid Attacks: The Beauty Within their Reach” by Kulsum Shadab Wahab

India ranks as the worst country on earth to be a woman or even a girl. I grew up here but was lucky to be shielded from gender violence by my family. Throughout childhood, I was unaware of the extent to which all manners of domestic violence affects people who are part of our daily lives. In 2014, the United Nations described violence against women in India as a systematic crime that stretches “from the womb to the tomb.” Discrimination cuts across all sectors of society and its root causes cannot be reduced to poverty alone. Instead, the entire nation is still deeply influenced by social and cultural barriers that prevent us from addressing the abuses that are taking place in our own backyards.

CHIME Through the Years: “In-visible” by Laura Salm-Reifferscheidt & Ann-Christine Woehrl

At best, if they ever get punished, perpetrators will be released from prison after a few years. Survivors, however, will remain trapped inside their own burnt skin for the rest of their lives.

CHIME Through the Years: “Hope against Genocide” by Taban Shoresh

I’ll never forget the day back in the early eighties when, at the tender age of four, my life was turned upside down forever.

CHIME Through the Years: “Between One Hatred and the Other” by Amina Hussein

The author, a journalist, takes a much-anticipated trip back home to Syrian Kurdistan from Barcelona where she lives, when Turkey starts launching bombs on civilians. 

CHIME Through the Years: “Open Arms, Open Heart” by Angeles Schjaer

My name is Angeles but everyone calls me Churri, I was born  in Cuba 43 years ago. My birthplace feels more like a lottery ticket because until I was 17 I was apatride. That’s what wars do to you, when caught in the middle, you don’t exist.

CHIME Through the Years: “The Biggest Refugee Crisis of All Time” by Tara Todras-Whitehill

In 2015, I travelled as a photographer to the island of Lesbos in Greece, with my company Vignette Interactive for the International Rescue Committee. We were possibly documenting the biggest refugee crisis of our time and it was unlike any assignment I have ever had. Hundreds of thousands of individuals mostly fleeing Syria, had crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.

CHIME Through the Years: “Fast and Further” by Christina Nielsen

My name is Christina Nielsen and I’m a 27-year-old professional race-car pilot sports car driver from Denmark and I am making history as a woman. In 2016 when the team and I won the IMSA WeatherTech Championship I became the first woman to ever win a major full-season sports car championship in North America and I won again in 2017.

CHIME Through the Years: “Bend It Like Isha” by Isha Johansen

Football is part of my existence- genetically, culturally, and historically. In a nutshell, it is in my DNA.Today, as the founder of one of the most successful premier league clubs in Sierra Leone called FC JOHANSEN,  I use football to empower and inspire our youth and our womenfolk.  

CHIME Through the Years: “A Vision for Blind Soccer” by Catherine Cabrol

In Bamako, Mali, I stand by a gated field, the earth is read, and I am holding my camera. Around here, they know me as the toubab (the whitey) who is always taking photographs of blind children running around.  How did I get here?

CHIME Through the Years: “Corona #IRL” by GlobalGirl Media

GlobalGirl Media mobilized its reporter alumna base to produce a video series documenting COVID-19 from young women's point of view, titled Corona #IRL (In Real Life). The full impact of these times cannot be documented without the perspective of our youth, especially those from under-reported populations and regions.

CHIME Through the Years: “Welcome to Sister-Hood” by Deeyah Khan

If the mainstream media has shaped your representation of women of Muslim heritage, you may imagine our lives as a grim bucket list from hell: honor killings, acid attacks, suicide bombings, forced marriages, FGM, hijabs... and the ever-growing risk of radicalization. Indeed and sadly, those issues are real and need to be discussed without fear. But conservative men claiming to speak on our behalf, or bigots eager to use our hardships to further their own divisive agenda, often are the one entitled to discuss these issues. In doing so, they specifically discard anyone else’s input, let alone that of young women (who also happen to be the primary targets).

CHIME Through the Years: Muslim Athletes Series by Shirzanan

"Two years ago, I had a serious back surgery that left in my spine two metal rods and a few screws that I’m sometimes reminded of at the airports whilst traveling. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger and six months later, I was surfing in a hijab in the south of my country as the first surfing Iranian woman ever.  Ten months later I was standing on a podium with the sweetest gold medal I've ever won with my snowboard."

CHIME Through the Years: “Flipping the Switch” by Dave Moutray

My friend photographer Felipe and I had set out to capture the lives of disadvantaged women turned solar engineers. A critical story from distant corners of the world where women are leading the rise out of crushing generational poverty.

CHIME Through the Years: “Amazónicas: Guardians of Life” by Charles Gay

I learned about the March for Life through my friend photographer Felipe Jacome.   He told me how in October 2013, 70 women from 7 different indigenous tribes of the Ecuadorian Amazon embarked on a 250-km march to the country’s capital. They walked, babies in arms and children at their sides to ask the central government to spare their habitat from a worldwide auction sale that would sell parts of their ancestral lands to oil companies.  The march was totally disregarded by the global and national media, the public only found out about their initiative when they reached Quito, a couple of weeks later. 

CHIME Through the Years: “Breast Ironed” by Nakinti Nofuru

I am speaking out because I can. The time has come, at long last. And as I make my voice clear and loud and accessible for anyone who cares to listen, one should really hear the whispering of women in my country finally finding their voices.

CHIME Through the Years: “Two Steps Forward” by Tecee Boley

When Ruth Berry Peal embarked on her long battle for justice she wasn’t thinking about history. She just wanted to end the harassment that had torn her family apart and nearly cost her life and that of her newborn twins. 

CHIME Through the Years: “Far From Heaven” by Stephanie Lamorre

In 2015, there were an estimated one million gang members in the United-States, including between 60 000 to 80 000 women. Women are twice as guilty of violence because of their gender. Because they could have, they should have, aspired to motherhood and a husband to serve. We don't see the raw existential pain or think about the insane energy it takes to meet daily gangs’ demands. In fact, what do we really know about losing? What do we really know about the void, the pain of surviving?

CHIME Through the Years: “In a Perfect World” by Daphne McWilliams

Perhaps was I struggling with the stigma of being a black single mother?  It was a sore spot, one I wasn’t prepared to deal with. And the more I read about fatherless black males, the more my panic grew over the future that awaited him.

CHIME Managing Editor Mariane Pearl Presents “CHIME Through the Years: The Female Fabric”

Hope might soon become the most sought-after currency as, under the COVID-19 pandemic, the world cracks under the weight of its incoherencies. “Blessed are the cracks as they let you see the light,” wrote Nietzsche. There will be plenty of urgent needs to meet in the near future, and the cracks are manifold, but perhaps […]

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Save Our Sisters

By Adele Kibasumba & Neema Namadamu Adele Kibasumba I grew up in Uvira, an eastern town perched on the shores of Lake Tanganyika surrounded by a range of mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From Uvira, it takes a three-days walk to reach the nearest dirt road. During summer breaks, I used to spend my time […]

Meet Deere: Queen of Internet Streaming

By Amanda Bloom “When the wig is on, it’s officially Deere time.” This is what the ravishing drag queen tells her 15,400-plus Twitch followers as she nears the end of her transformation from 32-year-old man to the long-lashed, high-cheekboned, full-lipped, devil-may-care video-gaming maven Deere.  After the expert live makeup application and wig donning, Deere spends […]

France: “Tethered” by Nathalie Neubert

By Nathalie Neubert There once was a girl talking to two guys on Tinder; they were both named Max. She liked one more than the other and when he sent her a message: “Drink this Thursday?” In her nonchalant, playing-it-cool reply, she agreed, ending up on a date with the wrong Max. This was my […]

We are Searching for Life: Stories and Reflections from Migrants and Refugees

By Salma Zulfiqar ‘We Are Searching for Life’ is a spoken performance telling the stories of migrants and refugees from several African countries as well as Syria and Iran. ‘Women on the run, women with no voice women with no choice.’ Migrants’ treacherous journeys have made headlines for years They make headlines and then they […]

Georgia: On Gender Equality, Pride and Freedom in Tbilsi

By Mariam Minadze I have admired Nia Gvatua´s courage and determination to try and break the raging gender stereotypes in Georgia since I first met her. For the last three years, she has been the manager of Success, the country’s first and only self-proclaimed gay bar. “I was always different,” she told me, “and they […]

25 for 25 Series: Recap

To mark the historic milestone of Beijing+25 and Women’s History Month in March, CHIME launched its 25 for 25 original content series featuring women leaders and activists working to advance gender equality around the world. The series highlighted activists, CHIME Advisory Board members, partners and supporters who represent the progress made on gender equality over […]

25 for 25 Series: Leymah Gbowee

As a longstanding women's rights activist, Leymah Gbowee received the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for her powerful leadership of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, the women's peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Today, Gbowee continues her work as the founder and president of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, which provides educational and leadership opportunities to women and girls in West Africa.

25 for 25 Series: Maria Cavalcanti

CHIME is proud to feature Maria Cavalcanti, CEO of Pro Mujer, as one of the 25 women leaders working to advance gender equality featured in the 25 for 25 series. Through Pro Mujer, Maria is working to promote sustainable growth and develop an extended, large-scale platform to empower women throughout Latin America. Discover her reflections on the fight for gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Tanya Puncuh

As the founder of Padding Africa, Tanya Puncuh aims to support local women in Southern Africa and protect girls' health and education by distributing free, reusable, ecologically sustainable sanitary pads and investing in menstrual health education. Explore her reflections on the challenges and hopes on the path to gender equality in our latest feature of the series highlighting 25 gender equality activists and leaders around the world.

25 for 25 Series: Kimberly Drew

Kimberly Drew is the author of This Is What I Know About Art, co-editor of The Black Futures Project, Independent Curator and one of 25 women leaders and activists featured in the 25 for 25 series this month. Learn about what keeps Kimberly energized and her advice for future generations in the fight for gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Céline Bonnaire

CHIME is honored to feature Céline Bonnaire, Executive Director of the Kering Foundation. The Kering Foundation was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to combatting violence against women in three main areas: Americas, Western Europe and Asia. The Kering Foundation is a founding partner of CHIME FOR CHANGE and has collaborated with Gucci and CHIME on projects supporting women around the world including CHIMEHACK, a hackathon to develop technology solutions to eliminate barriers to reporting violence against women, and Women Bylines Paris, CHIME’s intensive journalism program to train and amplfy the voices of women and their underrepresented stories. Discover Céline's reflections on the fight for gender equality and learn about what has motivated her leadership for more than a decade.

25 for 25 Series: Pari Ibrahim

As Executive Director of the Free Yezidi Foundation, Pari Ibrahim dedicates her work to helping Yezidi women and families address their trauma and build better futures after the violent ISIS attacks on the Yezidi community in Iraq. Read more from Pari as she shares the challenges and triumphs in her work and what drives her passion for gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Teresa Younger

Teresa Younger is the President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, a nonprofit partner of CHIME, who has spent more than 20 years on the frontlines of some of the most critical issues affecting women and girls. Learn about her work to build women's collective power in the U.S. and advance gender equality for all as part of CHIME's 25 for 25 series.

25 for 25 Series: Sinéad Burke

CHIME is proud to feature teacher, writer, broadcaster and advocate for disability and design, Sinéad Burke. Read about Sinéad's continued work to amplify voices, ignite conversations around women's achievements and advocate for the inclusion of all.

25 for 25 Series: Olfat Mahmoud

The latest feature in the 25 for 25 series is Women Deliver's Humanitarian Advocate Dr. Olfat Mahmoud, the founder and director of the Palestinian Women's Humanitarian Organization. Explore her reflections on being  an activist for Palestinian and women's rights, working to increase the opportunity to health, education and economic empowerment for women and girls and championing the vision of a gender-equal future for all.

25 for 25 Series: Katja Iversen

Katja Iversen is the President and CEO of Women Deliver and is a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. She shares her reflections on the triumphs, challenges and hopes for a gender-equal future.

25 for 25 Series: Cleo Wade

As an author and community builder, CHIME Advisory Board member Cleo Wade continues to be an inspiring voice in today's fight for gender equality, speaking to a greater future for all women and girls, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Discover Cleo's reflections on the triumphs, challenges and hopes for a gender-equal future and how others can encourage positive action.

25 for 25 Series: Yasmeen Hassan

As part of the 25 for 25 series, CHIME is spotlighting an extraordinary woman at the forefront of creating a gender-equal world, CHIME Advisory Board member and Global Executive Director of Equality Now, Yasmeen Hassan. In a discussion with CHIME, Yasmeen shares her hope for a future free of violence against women and with more legal systems to achieve full equality for everyone around the world.

25 for 25 Series: MP5

MP5 is an Italian visual artist behind the creative identity of CHIME, and one of CHIME's 25 gender equality activists and leaders working towards global gender equality. MP5 not only focuses on topics related to gender issues and queer activism but uses creativity and art to connect universally and support a shared vision of a gender-equal future for all. Discover MP5's reflections on the connection between art and activism.

25 for 25 Series: Bethann Hardison

CHIME is proud to feature fashion advocate and documentarian Bethann Hardison as one of the women leaders and gender equality activists in the 25 for 25 content series. Hardison has devoted her career to inclusivity and advancement of models of color globally. Read her reflections on the progress needed to achieve equality for women and girls around the world.

25 for 25 Series: Caryl Stern

For more than a decade as President and CEO of UNICEF USA and now as the Executive Director of the Walton Family Foundation, Caryl Stern has advocated to improve the lives of those most in need and taken an on-the-ground approach in the fight for gender equality. Read about Caryl's vision for a gender-equal future for all women and girls.

25 for 25 Series: Amanda Nguyen

As the CEO and Founder of RISE, Amanda leads a legislative reform movement in the United States, organizing and empowering citizens to create and demand laws that codify their civil rights. Amanda was also a featured speaker at CHIME's 2019 Everyday Activism event with Equality Now. She shares her homes and inspirations for a gender-equal future.

25 for 25 Series: Marcella Pirrone

CHIME continues its 25 for 25 series with Marcella Pirrone, lawyer, feminist, human rights lawyer and co-founder of D.i.Re (Donne in Rete contro la violenza), the umbrella association representing 80 women-operated shelters supporting women who have experienced domestic violence throughout Italy. CHIME has partnered with D.i.Re to support their work on projects related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Explore Marcella's reflections on gender equality and learn more about our partnership here.

25 for 25 Series: Tanya Compas

As a LGBTQ+ activist and youth worker, CHIME Advisory Board member Tanya Compas focuses on community-building to advance gender equality and supporting women and girls from marginalized backgrounds. Learn more about Tanya and her reflections on the past, present and future of gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Judy Kan

CHIME is honored to feature Judy Kan, the Executive Director of HER Fund, who works to support the most marginalized women and girls in Hong Kong.HER Fund is based in Hong Kong, and invests in human rights advancement for women and girls, especially related to freedom from violence, discrimination and poverty, and the promotion of women’s civil participation. Through CHIME FOR CHANGE’s longtime partner, the Global Fund for Women, CHIME supports HER Fund’s work connecting young activists with experienced activists and grassroots organizations. Read about Judy's vision for a gender-equal future, as one of CHIME's 25 women activists and leaders around the world working to advance gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Scarlett Curtis

Scarlett Curtis is a writer and activist who has sparked important conversations about gender equality through her work and continues to lead the emerging generation through persistent activism. She also is the recipient of the 2019 Changemaker Award, presented by Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE at Equality Now's Annual Make Equality Reality Gala, and she recently hosted the Gucci podcast on International Women's Day, discussing feminism, gender and media with actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Explore Scarlett's reflections on her vision for the next 25 years and how others can get involved in the fight for gender equality in their communities as part of CHIME's 25 for 25 series.

25 for 25 Series: Emma France

On Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, CHIME is honored to feature its Advisory Board member Emma France, the Global Development and Strategic Engagement Director at mothers2mothers, an organization working with HIV-positive women to eliminate AIDS and one of CHIME's current nonprofit partners. Explore Emma's reflections on her commitment to amplifying the voices of girls and women in Africa and beyond, and the work that still needs to be done.

25 for 25 Series: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Next in the 25 for 25 series, CHIME is proud to feature Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of UN Women who also serves on the CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board. As the convening force mobilizing governments and civil societies to keep the promises of the Beijing Platform for Action to all of society as well as the #GenerationEquality movement, UN Women, led by Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka, challenge all of us to speak up and demand equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services, and equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. Read Executive Director Mlambo-Ngcuka's vision for reaching this goal and become a part of #GenerationEquality.

25 for 25 Series: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

On International Women's Day, CHIME is honored to feature Academy Award-winning director and CHIME Advisory Board member Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, whose animated film SITARA: Let Girls Dream premieres today on Netflix. The ultimate storyteller, Sharmeen uses her talent to focus global audiences on issues affecting marginalized communities to change minds and catalyze change. Explore Sharmeen's reflections on the challenges and hopes for a gender-equal future.

25 for 25 Series: Arianna Huffington

In the lead-up to International Women's Day on March 8, CHIME is proud to continue 25 for 25 with Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global and CHIME Advisory Board member, as she shares her vision and inspiration for gender equality.

25 for 25 Series: Sage Dolan-Sandrino

Continuing the 25 for 25 series, CHIME is proud to feature Advisory Board member and Creative Director of TEAM Mag, Sage Dolan-Sandrino. As a transgender youth artist and activist, Sage continues to lead the charge towards amplifying youth voices and working to advance global gender equality. Discover her vision for gender equality in the next 25 years

25 for 25 Series: Lydia Cacho

Lydia Cacho is a prominent journalist, writer, human rights advocate and defender of women's rights in Mexico, and one of CHIME's 25 featured activists and leaders on the frontlines of gender equality over the past 25 years. Read Lydia's reflections on the path to a gender-equal future.

25 for 25 Series: Latanya Mapp Frett

Latanya Mapp Frett, CHIME Advisory Board member and President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. Explore Latanya's vision for a gender-equal future and what keeps her energized as a leader.

25 for 25 Series: Kulsum Shadab Wahab

As the CEO of Hothur Foundation and Founder of Ara Lumiere, Kulsum Shadab Wahab works with women acid attack survivors across India to help improve their social and economic well-being and build a better future. Learn more about Kulsum's vision for a gender-equal future, as one of the 25 gender equality activists and leaders featured in CHIME's 25 for 25 series.

25 for 25 Series: Hafsat Abiola

To kickoff the 25 for 25 series, CHIME is honored to feature President of Women in Africa and Board President of KIND, Hafsat Abiola. Explore her reflections on her work to advance gender equality and leading an initiative dedicated to the economic development and support of high potential African women leaders.

France: “Mama Knows Best” by Savannah Jenkins

By Savannah Jenkins Tinder was the first dating app I used and, while I don’t remember when I first downloaded it or the dates that ensued, I do recall my initial encounter with the concept of online dating. I was seven or eight years old and I remember giggling sheepishly with my sisters at the Christian […]

Kenya: “A Letter to Love” by Millicent Wangui

By Millicent Wangui Dear Love, I’m not sure how to feel about you because I feel like my heart is quite fine and full, thank you very much. All the same, I’m still looking because I need to know what you feel like. I’m told that finding you is like finding the piece of my […]

Guatemala: Fotokids Through the Years

Fotokids is a non-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty for at-risk children in Guatemala and among children of farmworkers in the Central Valley of California. Serving more than a thousand children affected by poverty and violence, Fotokids gives them a chance to dream and build a better life by using photography, graphic […]

Guatemala: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Central America’s Youth

By Nancy McGirr I founded Fotokids 28 years ago after leaving my career as a Reuters news agency’s combat staff photographer in Central America. Originally, the program started with six kids from Guatemala City’s vast garbage dump. It has since served thousands of children from poor areas of Guatemala, Honduras and children of migrant workers […]

From Empathy to Action: Films Inspiring Social Change from Women’s Voices Now

To Defy Her Destiny a Woman Must Be Heard By Heidi Basch-Harod Heidi Basch-Harod is the executive director of Women’s Voices Now (WVN) and is the founding editor of WVN’s digital publication, The WVoice. She is a scholar of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in women’s rights movements of […]

Syrian Kurdistan: Caught between One Hatred and the Other

By Amina Hussein OCTOBER 8th 2019, it’s 6 am and I am in Erbil in the Iraqi side of Kurdistan. I have just arrived from Barcelona where I have been living since 2006 and completed my degree in journalism. The sun is shining, casting its rays onto the windows of the prefabricated houses in Qostapa refugee […]

From Congo to Paris: The Story of ‘Black Passionaria’ and the Fight for Freedom

By Eve Blouin When I first heard on the news that a Yazidi girl and a Congolese doctor were the recipients of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, I was overwhelmed with bittersweet jubilation. Television channels were broadcasting the same brouhaha of interviews and praises, but the bitter part comes from a closer look at history. […]

Uganda: Reclaiming Children’s Lives after War

By Michaela DePrince As a ballerina with the Dutch National Ballet, dancing is my way of talking. I can let go of everything and my emotions remain pure. My imagination and the ability to express myself through dance help me to be my best self. There on stage, I am myself. For in my performance lies […]

India: Stories from Acid Attack Survivors

Maria’s Story: I am a burn survivor. That day started like any other, except of course for containing the seconds that would change my life forever. I went to the kitchen to cook the next meal. While I turned on the switch, I searched for the lighter to light the stove when I got a call […]

India: Building Hope and Resilience for Acid Attack Survivors

By Kulsum Shadab Wahab Kulsum is the CEO of Hothur Foundation, a non-profit organization providing quality education, medical aid, maternity guidance and counseling for women and girls in India. Kulsum also founded ARA LUMIERE, a couture fashion brand featuring accessories made by female acid attack survivors from across India, to improve their social and economic […]

Women Bylines Mexico: ‘The Protest’ by Veronica Munoz

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: “There Is No Why” by Hazel Zamora

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: ‘People Like Carmen’ by Maya Goded

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: ‘Steady Paths’ by Laura Hernandez

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: “Trauma at Birth: The Truth Behind Obstetric Violence” by Dunia Verona

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: “Who Cares” by Daniela Rea

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Women Bylines Mexico: “What Makes a Man? A Letter to My Son” by Miriam Cruz

From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led by CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Managing Editor Mariane Pearl. The five-day workshop provided a safe space for writers, filmmakers and photographers to discuss and develop under-reported stories affecting women in Mexico. Participants produced seven powerful […]

Mexico: Women Bylines Mexico City

CHIME FOR CHANGE’s Women Bylines, a journalism project highlighting quality first-person stories of global relevance, held its first workshop in Erbil, Iraq in 2015. Last year’s edition featured workshops in Paris and Mexico City. From October 8-12, 2018, 12 intrepid female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s third Women Bylines workshop in Mexico City, led […]

Southern Africa: Addressing Period Poverty to Keep Girls in School

By Tanya Puncuh Founder, Padding Africa Millions of schoolgirls around the world are unable to fulfill their dreams and aspirations due to an inability to pay for and access basic sanitary products during their menstrual cycle. Padding Africa aims to give girls and women dignity, pride and empowerment with something as simple as a reusable, […]

India: Mission Fight Back – Testimonies

By Lt. Col. Rohit Mishra (Retd.) CEO of Mission Fight Back  What is it like? What is a father supposed to do when his child is being stalked? Or when a woman is being beaten up? Or a child molested by his religious teacher? Mostly, they do nothing. Our society even has a way of re-victimizing […]

India: Mission Fight Back – Safety in Our Own Fists

By Vedica Mishra Mission Fight Back In India’s mythological magnum opus “Mahabharata,” Draupadi, the main female protagonist of the literary work, is insulted and disrobed in the King’s court as her five husbands have staked and lost her on the gambling table. Lord Krishna’s divine intervention saved her honor. But until Krishna intervenes, nobody rises […]

India: Mission Fight Back – Prologue

By Lt. Col. Rohit Mishra (Retd.) CEO of Mission Fight Back When Vedica, my thirteen-year-old daughter, insisted that we go to the India Gate to light a candle in honour of the late Nirbhaya, the young victim of the Delhi gang rape, I wasn’t too keen on it. The area remains a high-security zone after […]

France: Crafting the City’s Social Fabric with Sakina M’Sa

By Mariane Pearl Social barriers don’t mean much for designer and activist Sakina M’Sa. If you ever see her walking in the streets of Paris, you’ll recognize her easily. She’s three feet two inches, styles her hair as an Afro and flashes an easy smile. Also, she might be surrounded by fashion models or by […]

The Irregular Report: Gen Z and Fluidity

CHIME FOR CHANGE and Irregular Labs partnered to release the second edition of the biannual The Irregular Report, exploring the theme of Fluidity through the lens of girl and gender nonconforming Gen Zs. It is produced with and by a community of 6 Gen Z editors and more than 2,500 Gen Zs around the world in partnership […]

Flipping the Switch

By Dave Moutray I grew up in the American Midwest, the oldest child of a Cuban mother and a father from St. Louis, Missouri. My looks may come from his side of the family, but it is my Cuban mother who gave me this insatiable love of stories. When I was a child, we struggled […]

Iraq: Empowering Yezidi Women to Lead After Trauma

By Pari Ibrahim In 2015, CHIME FOR CHANGE and Gucci supported the Free Yezidi Foundation with a grant to construct a women’s center in an internally displaced persons camp in Northern Iraq. Below, Pari Ibrahim, founder of the Free Yezidi Foundation, describes the challenges that the Yezidi people – especially women – face, and how […]

CHIME FOR CHANGE Releases “Anonymous Comes To Town”

To continue amplifying the voices of women and girls who remain unheard, CHIME FOR CHANGE partnered with the Guardian and Tribeca Film Institute to release “Anonymous Comes To Town”, a new short film by Nancy Schwartzman, coinciding with Sexual Assault Awareness Month. “Anonymous Comes To Town” tells the story of Steubenville, Ohio, a sleepy football […]

I Was Fourteen When I Found Out What Human Trafficking Means

By Agnes Igoye This is how old I was when the Lord’s Resistance Army raided my home village in Eastern Uganda. As a teenager, I was quickly cast aside for sexual exploitation by the LRA Commanders in charge of triage. They wanted virgins, the younger the girl, the better. I narrowly escaped them by following […]

The Future is Fluid: Gender and Gen Z

The Future is Fluid, a short film by Jade Jackman and Irregular Labs in partnership with Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE, premiered during the Sundance Film Festival. Representing voices from Brazil, Canada, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, the UAE, the United Kingdom and the United States, The Future is Fluid explores what gender means to […]

GEN Z AND FLUIDITY

CHIME FOR CHANGE and Irregular Labs partnered to release the second edition of the biannual The Irregular Report, exploring the theme of Fluidity.

A Letter from CHIME FOR CHANGE Managing Editor Mariane Pearl

The world has evolved significantly since we first launched the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, in 2013.

South Sudan My Name is Anna: The Story of South Sudan’s Only Female Editor-in-Chief

My parents weren’t happy when I chose to become a journalist. They said one day I was going to die for it.But I told them that everyone dies eventually and if God decides that it’s my time to go while working as a journalist, so be it.

CAMEROON: TEEN MOTHER BECOMES MORE THAN A NURSE

The evening when my son was born, I was 13 years old and six months pregnant.

WHEN A WOMAN INSPIRES ANOTHER: A LETTER TO MY GRANDMOTHER

Dear Grandmother, I wanted you to know that wishing to follow in your footsteps – in my generation – has led me to create a mobile app and a platform for women worldwide.

SPAIN: THE SOUNDTRACKS BEATING GENDER VIOLENCE

In Spain the issue of gender violence is constantly in the news. Here, over nine hundred women have been murdered by their male partners or exes over the past fifteen years and a 150,000 women have reported physical abuse in 2017 alone.

Iraq: Hope Against Genocide

I’ll never forget the day back in the early eighties when, at the tender age of four, my life was turned upside down forever.

IRAQ: WOMEN’S VOICES WITHIN

In March of 2015, CHIME FOR CHANGE conducted a journalism and storytelling workshop in Erbil, Iraq for Yazidi and Christian refugees who had fled ISIS.

France: Women Bylines Paris

14 female journalists participated in CHIME FOR CHANGE’s second Women Bylines workshop in Paris. Co-hosted by Gucci and the Kering Foundation with support from Hearst Magazines, the five-day workshop provided writers, filmmakers and photographers with intense journalism training and professional mentoring to support the production of underreported stories affecting women. Participants covered topics from violence […]

France: Time to Shift Balance

I grew up in the South of France, and for all the hype about how liberated French women are, men there were considered worthier by virtue of their gender alone.

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