“Would a male lion destroy a female lion’s genitals? It’s unthinkable.”
Denis Mukwege, doctor, Bukavu, Congo

The Instructors

“We help the helpless to be able to manage on their own.”

LAV (Laissez l’ Afrique Vivre)
Offers support and vocational training to young people  - rape victims, child soldiers and street children.

Eight young women sit bent over their treadle sewing machines. They have learned how to thread the machine and pump the treadle at the right speed to sew evenly and safely. Their first task is to sew a straight seam on a piece of paper.

The Inspiration For A Law

The number of cases reported to the police is growing by the day.”

Maria Da Penha
Brazil’s new law on violence against women bears her name. She herself runs an institute to spread information about the law.

The men’s movement

“Violence is about control. It’s the loss of control that triggers violence.”  

Alexander Gogolkin
What: Leads M21, which works both for greater gender equality, and with the treatment of violent men.  

The Researcher

“It is still the woman who is given the blame. People say it’s her responsibility to hold the family together.”

Natalia Lokhmatkina
What: PhD in the study of abused women in the Russian healthcare system.

The Project for Equality

“Damaging women is like killing the roots of the tree.”  

Mathilde Muhindo
Former parliamentarian who runs a project to promote equality in villages in South Kivu.


“The law protects victims of terrorism but not families like ours.” 

Carmen Sanchez and Ana Ortiz Salvador
What: Organise relatives of murdered women. 

The Psychologists

“When I started working I was naive, and my aim was to have families reunited.”

Elena Zolotilova and Tatiana Pavlova
What: Fighting to open the city’s first women’s shelter.

The Radio Station

We’re going to start a discussion about women’s rights in our area.

Rádio Mulher um Ambiente Comunitário
Broadcast local radio for women in the favela, about women’s problems. 

The Lawyers

“With armed guards for protection.”

Hina Jilani and Asma Jahangir
As lawyers, they pursue questions relating to women’s human rights.

The King

“I don’t want my daughter to be a ‘good girl’.”     

Kgosi Mabe
Uses his position as tribal king to work against violence against women.    

The Men’s Network

“Maybe it was time to shoot a few men … ?”

Hans Hansson
Started the men’s network in Piteå and runs treatment sessions for violent men.