On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, we celebrate the relentless efforts of seven remarkable women who’ve become champions in the battle against gender-based violence. From political activism to grassroots movements, these women have fearlessly stood up against this global scourge, sparking change and paving the way for a safer and more equitable world.
Lindiwe Mazibuko, a vocal advocate and former South African politician, has tirelessly fought for women’s rights and gender equality. Her dedication to ending violence against women has been a guiding force in policy reforms and social advocacy within South Africa and beyond.
Fatou Bensouda, the former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), prioritized cases involving gender-based violence, working to bring justice to victims and holding perpetrators accountable on a global scale.
Actress and activist Yara Shahidi has utilized her platform to amplify the voices of women, advocating for an end to violence against women and girls while promoting education and empowerment globally.
Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley has been a vocal advocate for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, driving legislative efforts to support survivors and combat gender-based violence.
A lawyer, poet, and educator, Nikkita Oliver’s activism against gender-based violence has been instrumental in advocating for the rights of women, especially within marginalized communities.
Dr. Angela Davis
Renowned civil rights activist and scholar Dr. Angela Davis has been a relentless advocate for gender equality and an end to violence against women, working at the intersections of racial and gender justice.
Founder of the #MeToo movement, Tarana Burke has been at the forefront, empowering survivors and advocating against sexual violence, creating a global conversation to combat the culture of silence.
On this significant day, we honor the resilience and unwavering commitment of these seven extraordinary women and the countless others worldwide who fight against violence targeting women and girls. Their dedication inspires us to join hands, raise our voices, and work collectively towards a future free from all forms of violence and discrimination. Together, let’s pledge to stand in solidarity and create a world where safety, respect, and equality prevail for all women and girls.