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Women Changing Women's Worlds

Various Photographers


This photo series is created to mark International Women's Day (IWD) and features portraits of female activists, pioneers and change-makers who are transforming life for women around the world.


The women featured have all fought against the dominant structures in their worlds to help improve the lives of other women. The group includes an artist, various professors, athletes, grassroots activists and even a lone female mechanic working in the Lebanese countryside.


Despite the huge variations in their individual experience, all have a pioneering spirit that embodies the unifying themes of International Women’s Day.


PRISCILLA NANGURAI (08 November 1948) – Kenyan director of the Girls’ Rights, Attention, Care and Education rescue center

KEIKO OCHIAI (15 January 1945) - Writer, feminist, founder of Crayon House book store

ENI LESTARI (24 January 1978) - Hong Kong-based Indonesian domestic helper and labor rights activist

MARTINE PICCART (18 June 1953) - Professor of Oncology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Head of the Department of Medicine at the Institut Bordet

RAJA CHEBBI (02 August 1961) – First Arab woman promoted to the rank of General in the Tunisian police

RIMA NASSER-TARAZI (22 March 1932) – Palestinian musician, composer, former President of the Administrative Board of the General Union of Palestinian Women

MYLENE KAMARA (14 March 1966) – Ivorian advocate for women's rights group West Africa Network for Peacebuilding

ANURADHA KOIRALA (14 April 1949) - Founder of Maiti Nepal, a rehabilitation and Orphanage home for HIV-affected children and women who are victims of trafficking

MONA YAAKOUB (05 October 1994) – Journalist, member of the ‘Fe-male’ and ‘Game’ associations

BERNICE FREEMAN (04 October 1967) - Liberian activist at Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET)

AMINA AJOUCKA (18 October 1991) - Lebanese car mechanic

DHAMMANANDA BHIKKHUNI (06 October 1944) - Abbess Dhammananda of Songdhammakalyani Monastery

NADIA REMADNA (15 November 1959) – French social worker, founder of The Mothers’ Brigade

COURTNEY PAYNE-TAYLOR (born 1982) – US founder of the Girls Riders Organization (GRO)

LAXMI AGARWAL (01 June 1990) - Indian campaigner with Stop Acid Attacks

TENDAI GARWE aka SOKOSTINA (07 November 1982) - Zimbabwean feminist and radio personality

YE HAIYAN (born 1975) – Chinese gender activist and artist KHUSI KABIR (born 1948) - Head of Human Rights organization Nijera Kori

MARIJKE ALBLAS (30 June 1944) - Independent sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) consultant, campaigner and abortion provider and trainer

MARIM ABDULLAH AL-QARDAE (22 January 1966) - Yemeni doctor and director of reproductive health service at the Health Qabil Center

ANAT HOFFMAN (born 1954) - Israeli activist, Women of the Wall founder


Photos by Daniel Irungu, Franck Robichon, Jerome Favre, Stephanie Lecoq, Mohamed Messara, Atef Safadi, Legnan Koula, Narendra Shrestha, Nabil Mounzer, Ahmed Jallanzo, Diego Azubel, Yoan Valat, Justin Lane, Harish Tyagi, Aaron Ufumeli, How Hwee Young, Abir Abdullah, Nic Bothma, Yahya Arhab and Jim Hollander.