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"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth.
Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that
include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more
legislation on key social issues such as health, education,
anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality
for women means progress for all."
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
These present-day heroes follow their passions in supporting and pursuing women's rights and equality, both globally and in their own communities.
2019 MY HERO Global Educator Award Winner Melinda Gates
By: Betty Bailey
Melinda Gates' women heroes in Africa and India teach her how to uplift the women in their communities through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
By: Chloe McGee
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and former judge, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for fighting for the rights of women, children and refugees.
By: Mohit Arora, Aishwarya Ashok, Shikha Kumari
Sangeetha Sekar is an award-winning soccer player (footballer) who lives on the streets with her family in Chennai, India.
Malala Yousafzai: The One With a Voice
By: Alex Zakoor
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for girls' education and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Listen & Read Along
By: Brande from Spokane
founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.
Raden Adjeng Kartini
By: Ines from Jakarta
Raden Adjeng Kartini championed education and civil rights for women in Indonesia.
Girls and Women
By: Nasrin Sadeghi Bojd from Iran
By: David Basasira of Uganda
By: Nina Falaise Cooper
By: Albert Charles Challen, 1869
By: Robert Shetterly
Dolores Olmedo Patino by Diego Rivera
By: Diego Rivera
This selection of winning films is curated by the film festival director. These films feature remarkable women who are having a powerful positive impact in the world.
Vital Voices: Hawa Abdi
Produced by:Aaron Kisner
Dr. Hawa Abdi is Somalia's first female
gynecologist. When the central government collapsed in 1989, Dr. Abdi's one-room clinic on her family farm began treating and housing local people fleeing the fighting.
Geralyn Dreyfous | Impact Partners
Produced by:MY HERO
Excerpt from our interview with Geralyn Dreyfous, recipient of the MY HERO International Film Festival 2019 Media Award.
Jessica Mayberry | Video Volunteers
Interview with 2019 Women Transforming Media Honoree Jessica Mayberry. Jessica is the founder of Video Volunteers (VV), a human rights media organization having a real life impact on people from India's most marginalized communities.
Iqra - Read (A Prayer for the Girls of Afghanistan and Pakistan)
Producer: Fauzia Minallah
This film promotes the education of the girl child in Afghanistan and Pakistan through Mural Art.