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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: “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: 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: “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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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