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“The stories of these brave and determined women inspire us everyday to redouble our efforts until true equality is achieved.” - Musimbi Kanyoro, President & CEO, Global Fund for Women

Self-determination is a right, not a privilege. The circumstances into which you’re born should never pre-determine your destiny. No matter where you come from or your parents' income, everyone is entitled to the same human rights.

#Determined shares the inspirational stories of courageous women and girls around the world who are fighting for power over their own lives, a right that many of us take for granted.

It shows us that when activists, local communities, donors, and supporters come together, they’re unstoppable. Global Fund for Women gets money and support to these fearless women-led groups who are demanding and defending equal human rights for all of us.

How much longer can we wait? Last month, global leaders met at the United Nations to commit to 17 Sustainable Development Goals that build on the Millennium Development Goals. It’s been 67 long years since the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Now is the time for human rights to become a reality for women everywhere. Join us and raise your voice in the fight for gender equality.

We’re determined to create a world where every woman and girl can be strong, safe, powerful, and heard. No exceptions. What are you #Determined to do?

Campaign in Depth

Yeri with some of the other women farmers in her community
Yeri Sali Youl

When Yeri Sali was 16 years old, her father died, and she was taken out of school and forced into an arranged marriage. She soon had three children. When her first husband died, Yeri was forced to marry his brother, a common practice in her village. “I was so unhappy,” she says. Then, Yeri went…

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Wasna Sali Mahdi

Wasna is a 24-year-old mother of three. After being abused by her husband and trying several times to formally divorce him (a request which the local courts denied), she boldly left him, despite threats from him and even from her own family. With no support, Wasna went on a difficult journey alone from Baghdad to…

Rufa and one of the Muslim girls in her group
Rufa

Rufa grew up in a conservative Muslim family. She was never sent to school and didn’t learn to read or write, and she was forced to wear a burqa whenever she left the house. “I never even saw a school. I was never able to see the world and how it was,” says Rufa. “I…

Rose in her office in Papua New Guinea
Rose Cassy

Rose’s husband abused her for almost 20 years of their marriage. After decades of emotional and physical suffering, Rose took her husband to court and won her case against him. He was fined for his abuses and warned to stop his violent behavior. This victory empowered Rose, and she wanted to help other women in similar…

Rkia Bellot

Rkia is a Soulaliyate, a tribal group that has a stake in in Morocco’s commons or “collective lands.” Traditionally, Soulaliyate women aren’t eligible to use tribal land; land passes only from father to son. As a result, many Soulaliyate women have been forced off their land, with some Soulaliyate men selling tribal lands to outside developers,…

Perla at her peanut factory with co-workers
Perla Almaden

When Perla started her first small business, she didn’t know anything about business planning or managing finances—she just knew she needed to earn money, because her husband had lost his job at a large steel company. With few options, Perla began to sell roasted peanuts based on a special recipe from her grandmother. Soon, she…

Nilce, a Brazilian activist
Nilce Naira Nascimento

Nilce is a leader of a terreiro, a community of black women who practice Afro-Brazilian religion and traditions. In 2005, she got involved with Global Fund for Women grantee partner CRIOLA, a women’s rights organization led by black women who work with other Afro-Brazilian women and girls in the poorest areas of Rio de Janeiro…

Portrait of Nela
Nela Pamukovic

Nela, who has been an activist since the 1980s, co-founded the Centre for Women War Victims (ROSA) in 1992 during the Bosnian war, when rape was used as a weapon to terrorize communities and intimidate women. Now, more than 20 years later, women survivors of rape are still healing from the trauma and stigma of…

Natia Gvianishvili

When Natia was growing up in the conservative country of Georgia, she struggled with her sexuality. “As a kid, I always had crushes on women. When I hit puberty and I realized what was happening, it was scary because I didn’t know anyone who was gay,” she says. “All the negative stuff that I heard…

Milica Petrovic

Milica is a law student and activist working with Global Fund for Women grantee partner BIBIJA-Roma Women’s Center to end discrimination against Roma people in Serbia. BIBIJA provides community education programs, free legal services, counseling, and trainings on women’s human rights to Roma women in Serbia. Milica attended a workshop held by BIBIJA “and was…