International Women's Day

is celebrated on March 8th

Equality for women is progress for all


"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.

Shirin Ebadi

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.

Sangeetha Sekar

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

Viola Vaughn

By: Brande from Spokane
Viola Vaughn 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

Bride price

By: David Basasira of Uganda


By: Nina Falaise Cooper

Mary Seacole

By: Albert Charles Challen, 1869

Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Marc Ostrick
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.

CNN HEROES 2011- Robin Lim

Producer: Sr. Executive Producer - Kelly Flynn, Segment Producer/Director - Luke...
CNN HERO of the Year: Robin Lim is the founder of Bumi Sehat, a non-profit organization that offers midwifery services to ensure gentle births.

Women Helping Women

Producer: Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell helps women of Nepal by giving them goats!


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