When democracy is in danger, or nowhere to be seen, women stand up and speak out, often at great risk to their own lives. Join us as we explore women's roles in fighting injustice, promoting equality and protecting the democratic process.
Discover the range of creative tools women employ to make their voices heard: an old-fashioned postcard and the instant click of a mouse are just two examples. Follow democracy as it blooms, nourished by free speech as well as forgiveness. Listen to our podcast with Malalai Joya, "the bravest woman in Afghanistan," and read Curator Masum Momaya's introduction to this topic.
|Del Ponte Administers Justice >>International prosecutor Carla Del Ponte hunted down Mafia bosses and war criminals. In the process, she become a symbol of justice for thousands of victims.
|Dictating Democracy >>Interview: U.S. artist Sheryl Oring looks and acts like an old-time secretary at a manual typewriter, but her performance piece I Wish to Say connects passersby to the president.
|Reflections of Iraq >>Doctor, politician and women's rights activist Rajaa Hadid Al-Khuzai talks about life before, during and after Sadaam Hussein's dictatorship.
|Democracy over the Airwaves >>When a group of Nicaraguan women felt that their voices were being ignored, they took to the airwaves and the Internet in Observatorios de Transgresion Feminista.
|Books on Democracy >>Here's our choice for must-read books about democracy written by women from around the world. Check out our full list of books on women, power and politics.
|Films on Democracy >>Five women filmmakers document tales of democracy from Guyana to Tibet. A selection from our comprehensive list of films by and about powerful women.
|Drawing Democracy Worldwide >>Community Voice: Global Democracy Day, Denmark
Young people around the world were asked to draw what democracy means to them. We feature the three winning entries.
|Political Art in the Female Form >>Community Voice: Anahi DeCanio, United States
Artist Anahi DeCanio uses collage and the female form to address political questions of the day, linking women's equality to issues of democracy, peace, security and human rights.
|Forgiving Atrocities in Rwanda >>Community Voice: Norah Bagirinka, Rwanda
Rwandan genocide survivor Norah Bagirinka talks about the extraordinary role women are playing in rebuilding her country.
|Women Working for Women >>Community Voice: María María Acha Rodríguez, Spain
This talented artist from Mexico creates bright, mixed-media posters to celebrate transformative women leaders from the Global South.
Women's rights activist Marilyn Fowler speaks with Malalai Joya, the youngest member of Afghanistan's Parliament, about the long and winding road to democracy.