They are called the Silence Breakers–a group of courageous women who came in the limelight for saying enough is enough. Their united conviction to raise their voices against gender discrimination, sexism and harassment brought down walls that stood erect for decades. The world applauded their courage and joined them as they fought Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. This resulted in #MeToo, a social media movement that inspired women from across the world to share their stories of sexual harassment and abuse.
Raising voice against gender discrimination is but one step towards achieving women’s empowerment. Women face several other forms of injustice that are often swept under the rug. The voices of women are sometimes heard, sometimes not. And when voices go unheard, it’s time for change. Change begins and ends with acknowledgement, awareness, empathy, and support.
Many individuals strive to be agents of change, engaging in conversations to support women on their path to empowerment. On International Women’s Day, Soulveda speaks to a few such individuals who choose to challenge the status quo. They share with us their thoughts on women’s empowerment, the progress made over the years, and hope for the future.