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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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