Meet the Women Who Dare:
In Afghanistan, women dare to teach where education is banned. In Ukraine, women face shame but dare to speak out about sexual violence. In Rwanda, women dare to demand a better future after years of violence.
When Russia invaded, Iryna had the courage to stay in Ukraine. In a bomb shelter, she met women who had been sexually abused by Russian soldiers. Iryna dedicated her charity, The Andreev Foundation, to supporting women survivors of sexual violence. Women who speak out about sexual assault often face shame and suspicion, especially in rural areas of Ukraine. Iryna dares to believe survivors, to speak out against sexual violence, and demand justice, despite the risk that the perpetrators will return.
Amid violence and poverty following the Rwandan Genocide, Grace dares to build a better life. She is pursuing a large-scale business venture in a small Rwandan community, an innovative project to make soccer balls that captured the heart of FIFA’s president. Her idea has provided opportunities for the women in her savings group and demonstrates the power of resilience. Grace dares to overcome adversity and create positive change in her community.
In Afghanistan, Amina dares to stand up for women’s rights. Women have been virtually erased from public life over the past two years: banned from parks, gyms, restaurants, most jobs, and education. Opposing these restrictions is incredibly dangerous, but Amina dares to keep teaching in our training center. She braves the constant scrutiny of government authorities, and she dares to spread the word that education should be the right of every woman and girl.