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CHIME & Artolution: Project Highlights

On World Refugee Day in 2018, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE proudly announced a new partnership with the global nonprofit organization Artolution to help bring public arts programming to refugee and vulnerable communities around the world. As part of a three-year partnership, these collaborative arts projects promote reconciliation, healing and inclusion among women, children and […]

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: 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: 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.

CHIME & I Was a Sari: November 2019 Project Highlights

Since 2018, Gucci has partnered with I Was a Sari (IWAS) to help scale its programs providing embroidery training to vulnerable and disadvantaged women living in Mumbai, India. The embroidery training programs are a safe place for women, run by women. Participants learn new skills and earn a regular income, opening pathways to economic opportunity […]

CHIME & Equality Now: November 2019 Project Highlights

Building on its six-year legacy of funding more than 425 non-profit projects with 156 partners in 89 countries, directly benefiting more than 570,000 girls and women globally and reaching more than 3 million family and community members, CHIME FOR CHANGE is proud to support projects with global partners working to empower the next generation of […]

CHIME & Global Fund for Women: November 2019 Project Highlights

This year, CHIME has partnered with Global Fund for Women to support three of its locally led partners—HER Fund in Hong Kong, ELAS Fund in Brazil, and Fondo Semillas in Brazil. Under this initiative, CHIME and Global Fund for Women partner to invest in the leadership of young women and girls so that their collective voices, innovation and power and […]

CHIME & Vital Voices: October 2019 Project Highlights

Building on its six-year legacy of funding more than 425 non-profit projects with 156 partners in 89 countries, directly benefiting more than 570,000 girls and women globally and reaching more than 3 million family and community members, CHIME FOR CHANGE is proud to support projects with global partners working to empower the next generation of […]

CHIME & Women Deliver: October 2019 Project Highlights

Building on its six-year legacy of funding more than 425 non-profit projects with 156 partners in 89 countries, directly benefiting more than 570,000 girls and women globally and reaching more than 3 million family and community members, CHIME FOR CHANGE is proud to support projects with global partners working to empower the next generation of […]

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. […]

Event Recap: ‘SITARA’ Film Premiere Joins Changemakers in Conversation to Promote Girls’ Right to Dream

On October 10, the eve of International Day of the Girl, Gucci and CHIME FOR CHANGE hosted the premiere of SITARA, produced with VICE Studios, at the Metrograph Theater in New York City, followed by a panel conversation moderated by activist Kimberly Drew, featuring the following guests: – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Director/Writer/Producer – Gloria Steinem, Executive Producer – Ariel Wengroff, […]

Listen to Inspiring Voices Discuss Activism in the Gucci Podcast’s Chime for Change Episode

In celebration of International Day of the Girl on October 11, the release of the second CHIME Zine and the launch of CHIME FOR CHANGE’s new campaign #LetGirlsDream, the latest episode of the Gucci Podcast features four guests in conversation with Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue, Lindsay Peoples Wagner (@lpeopleswagner). Episode guests Sage Dolan-Sandrino (@thhrift), Xiuhtezcatl […]

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 […]

CHIME in the Arab Region: Convening Intergenerational Activists for Women’s Rights

Connecting and mobilizing young women activists to drive progress on human rights in the Middle East and North Africa

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 […]

Mexico: Creating Structural Change by Connecting the Feminist Movement

By Laura García As part of CHIME FOR CHANGE’s partnership with Global Fund for Women, CHIME is supporting Fondo Semillas, a non-profit organization that works to improve the lives of women in Mexico. CHIME’s work with Fondo Semillas – which means “seeds” in Spanish – provides grants to marginalized young women to empower them to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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