Women in the World

Breaking Through: Innovative Solutions to End Violence Against Women (PHOTOS)

Innovators Halting Violence Against Women and Girls (PHOTOS)

These women are part of the Vital Voices Global Network and join so many others who are coming up with innovative 21st century solutions to addressing this age old epidemic. They are risk takers, rebels, they refuse the status quo and fuel movements for change.

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Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson (Congo)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, radio isn’t entertainment, it’s a lifeline. It’s there that Chouchou Namegabe Dubuisson uses her microphone to protect women and shame perpetrators of violence. A founding member of the South Kivu Women's Media Association (AFEM), Chouchou is a radio journalist whose reporting on sexual violence and a war that still rages has threatened her life many times.

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Panmela Castro (Brazil)

As a young artist, Panmela Castro was drawn to graffiti and its power to convey a message. When Brazil’s first comprehensive law on domestic violence was passed in 2006, Panmela was moved to inform those living in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro about their right to live free of violence. She mobilizes young artists who embrace the transformative power of art, and uses her work to raise awareness about women's rights and to draw attention to gender-based violence.

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Sohini Chakraborty (India)

Sohini Chakraborty was a dancer, choreographer and sociologist when she met survivors of human trafficking at a local shelter in India. She knew instinctively that dance could serve as a vehicle for recovery. By encouraging girls to move their bodies, she thought they could unlock the pain trapped inside, and move through a process of healing. She has since formed Kolkata Sanved, an organization that rehabilitates survivors and also works to intercept young women who are at risk of falling prey to traffickers.

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Marina Pisklakova (Russia)

In Russia, Marina Pisklakova was on the vanguard of a movement to move domestic violence from private acceptance to public reproach. Where there were no services, when there was no language to describe domestic violence, Marina created a the first ever hotline and crisis center for women facing violence. Today her organization, ANNA (National Center for the Prevention of Violence), operates a network of 170 centers across Russia and the former Soviet Union.