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GUCCI’S CHIME FOR CHANGE RELEASES ITS LATEST ZINE AND PRESENTS THE IMPACT OF THE #STANDWITHWOMEN CAMPAIGN

19 October 2020 – Through its #StandWithWomen campaign, the latest issue of its CHIME Zine, and an expanding Advisory Board, CHIME FOR CHANGE is pleased to continue its work to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality. With gender inequities intensified and global economic resources reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting the […]

CHIME FOR CHANGE LAUNCHES SPECIAL DIGITAL EDITION CHIME ZINE WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN POLICY FORUM ADVANCING A GENDER-INCLUSIVE NARRATIVE IN THE MOVEMENT FOR BLACK LIVES

Guest-edited by Kimberlé Crenshaw, Co-Founder of AAPF and #SayHerName, the special edition CHIME Zine amplifies the voices of Black women and girls.  September 17, 2020 (New York, NY) – Continuing its mission to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for gender equality, CHIME FOR CHANGE has collaborated with the African American Policy Forum […]

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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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