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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: “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: “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: “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: “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.

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).

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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