Women’s rights advocates and feminist groups lead brave fights to pursue gender equality every day, often breaking social norms and cultural taboos to speak out. It’s far from an easy task: in pushing forward efforts to progress gender equality for themselves, their families, and their communities, they risk violence, imprisonment, discrimination, harassment, and torture. They are targeted not only for what they do, but for who they are.
However, women have also showed great resilience in the face of intimidation and danger. Today, it is women who are tirelessly campaigning for their rights, against sexual violence, and for peace in areas troubled by conflict, working with politicians and government bodies to put protective measures in place.
This project will investigate how women in three corners of the world are pushing forward gender equality: the women who have fled Burundi to Rwanda and Tanzania and surviving sexual violence, as well as local women groups in the area leading the peacemaking efforts; the women in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico who are battling against gender violence, jail-time for getting an abortion, and campaigning against femicide; and Pakistan where women are using social media to mobilise and lead a feminist movement, including to campaign against ‘honour’ killings and using the Internet to bring women’s murders to global attention. The three corners of the world in this project all offer a distinct and valuable insight into the global women’s rights movement: digital, political, and protest.
The outcome will be in-depth reporting on the women, amplifying their voices and untold stories through a multimedia approach (written features, video, audio, social media.)
Photo credit: https://twitter.com/PersonalEscrito/status/7938774...
- The Guardian: 'Fake news' fuelled civil war in Burundi. Now it's being used again (EN)
- The New York Times: ‘You Cannot Have Peace if You Don’t Listen to Women’ (EN)