Brazilian graffiti artist and feminist icon Panmela Castro rocked the hip-hop community when she became the first woman to win a Hutuz Award in 2008. She made waves again just two years later in 2010 when she won the Hutuz Award for best Artist of the Decade. Castro has risen to the top of the male-dominated graffiti world in Brazil by charting her own path, and using street-art to raise awareness about an issue that hits very close to home: domestic violence.
Sohini Chakraborty was a dancer and sociologist in 1996 when she began volunteering at a shelter for sex trafficking survivors in Kolkata, India. She knew instinctively that dance could help girls reclaim their bodies after the trauma of trafficking, and over the past 2 decades, Chakraborty has touched the lives of over 7000 survivors throughout South-East Asia and trained over 50 survivors to become professional dance movement therapists themselves.
FATOU DIATTA aka SISTER FA
Senegalese singer and activist Sister Fa is a survivor of childhood female genital mutilation. She’s now based in Berlin, but is a controversial figure throughout West-Africa, where she regularly tours, using her fame to spark a dialogue around genital mutilation, which is still too taboo to discuss in many communities.
American fashion designer ANNA TAYLOR first moved to Kenya to work in Nairobi’s slums when she was in high school. There, she met an unemployed seamstress named Judith, whom she hired to sew her clothing designs. In 2011, Taylor founded Judith&James to train and employ impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing. In 2013, at the age of 22, Taylor debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week.