Cultural Norms

Living the Truth

I didn’t grow up with the language young people have these days around gender and sexuality. I was 19 when I first met my first gay person and that encounter started me on a path to my...

Tell Your Story, Use Your Power

VIDEO: Yemurai Nyoni of Zimbabwe encourages women, especially young women, to recognize the power of their stories in supporting the empowerment of other women.

My Grandmother’s Story

VIDEO: Maureen Kanayo talks with Elisa Gambino, One Production Place, about how land rights affected her grandmother’s life in Nigeria, and inspired her own work in development.

“Bringing Life to These Issues”

VIDEO: Jama Jack, of Think Young Women in the Gambia, talks with Elisa Gambino, One Production Place, about the power of survivors’ stories in efforts to end female genital mutilation and...

Say It Back

I love the title of this campaign, Say It Forward. I love the play on words, how it invites women to use their voices (Say), how it is open to all experiences and there is no prompt (It)...

Paving the way

VIDEO: Angel Kharya of Girl Rising India explains to Elisa Gambino, One Production Place, how women and girls can inspire each other through sharing their stories.

I can and I will.

The society I grew up in is one that still believes a female’s place is at the back. She is not to aim high, dream big or speak out except when asked to. I grew up timid and afraid of...

My Past My Strength

My ordeal all began in 1994 when I lost my Dad at the age of seven. I was then single handedly catered for by my mother who had no specific job yet having four of us as children to bring...

Don’t kill me

Shazia was from a tribal area of Pakistan. She belonged to the Pashtun family. She ran away from her husband’s home in spite of being married. She was considered a perfect dancer in...

Time to Get Personal

I’m the middle child and only daughter. I was confused throughout most my childhood about what it meant to be the only girl in my family, alongside my three brothers. But my confusion was...