Global Heroes 16 results

Zainab Hawa Bangura

In the small town of Yonibana, a village in Sierra Leone, Zainab’s mother told her husband that she believed her daughter should forgo marriage and attend school. Her parents separated, but this decision set Zainab on a trajectory for success. ...

Yusuf Omar

Covering the issue of sexual abuse in India is rife with challenges. For one, the stigma of sexual violence prevents survivors from speaking openly about their experiences. Secondly, media outlets are prohibited from identifying survivors of sexual ...

Alena Popova

“Perhaps this was all my fault,” served as a call-to-action for Alena Popova, a social and political activist who saw her friend through a brutal and violent beating at the hands of her boyfriend. Alena’s friend had joined the ranks of the ...

Nadia Murad Basee Taha

At only 23 years old, Nadia Murad has seen the worst of humanity. She’s seen her 6 brothers killed in a massacre of 312 men in her town. She’s seen her mother murdered because she was too old to be sold into sex slavery. She’s been trafficked ...

Brisa De Angulo

With the highest rate of violence against women in Latin America, 9 in 10 women in Bolivia experience violence at some point in their lives. A survivor herself, Brisa created a safe haven called A Breeze of Hope for other survivors of childhood ...

Chernor Bah

From a young age, Chernor Bah noticed his sisters were treated differently. They endured threats of sexual violence. Men asked to marry them while they were still young girls. Most vividly, he remembers his path to education was much less difficult ...
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Chessy Prout

One of the nastiest and most harmful misconceptions about sexual assault survivors who speak out is that they are doing so for their own gain. Chessy Prout never wanted the spotlight. In fact, she remained anonymous during her well-publicized trial ...

Aloys Mahwa

Violence occurs in cycles. After individuals are victimized, survivors and witnesses of violence may be at a greater risk of perpetrating later in life. The evidence is clear: In order to break the cycle, we need to engage men and boys. Nowhere ...

Christine Jaworsky

The numbers are striking: Worldwide, almost one third of women who have been in a relationship experience physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner. The United States is no exception, with domestic violence hotlines receiving more ...