Graffiti artist Panmela Castro has risen to the top of the male-dominated graffiti world in Brazil by blazing her own trail, and using street art to raise awareness about an issue that hits very close to home: domestic violence.
Sohini Chakraborty began volunteering at a shelter for sex trafficking survivors in India in 1996. As a dancer and sociologist, she knew instinctively that dance could help girls reclaim their bodies after the trauma of trafficking, and over the past two decades, Chakraborty has touched the lives of over 65,000 survivors.
FATOU DIATTA aka SISTER FA
Senegalese hip-hop star and activist Sister Fa is a controversial figure throughout West-Africa, where she regularly tours, using her fame to spark a dialogue around female genital mutilation, which is still too taboo to discuss in many communities.
American fashion designer Anna Taylor was a college student when she met an unemployed Kenyan seamstress named Judith in one of Nairobi's slums. Anna hired Judith to sew her clothing designs, and went on to found Judith & James which trains and employs impoverished Kenyan women to produce high fashion clothing. At the age of 22, Taylor debuted her collection at New York Fashion Week.