activists indigenous rights politics

Berta Cáceres

Today’s Illustrated Woman in History was written by Emily Ruth Taylor.  Berta Cáceres was a Honduran activist who was both an environmental advocate and an indigenous leader. In 1993, while she was still a student, she co-founded the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH.) In 2015 She was awarded the Goldman Prize …

activists anti-FGM black history

Leyla Hussein

Leyla Hussein is a Somali psychotherapist and social activist. She is Chief Executive of Hawa’s Haven, and a co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. Hussein was born in 1980 in Somalia. At the age of …

activists anti-FGM black history

Nimko Ali

Nimko Ali is a Somali social activist. She is the co-founder and Director of the Daughters of Eve non-profit organisation which campaigns for greater awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to support young women and girls. She is also a founding member of the Women’s Equality Party. Ali was born in Somalia, at …

activists black history Civil Rights

Hafsat Abiola-Costello

Hafsat Abiola-Costello is a Nigerian human rights, civil rights and democracy activist, founder of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), which seeks to strengthen civil society and promote democracy in Nigeria. Abiola was born in 1974 in Lagos, Nigeria to Nigerian politician and philanthropist Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola and Alhaja Kudirat Abiola. She was …

activists anti-FGM womens rights

Ifrah Ahmed

Ifrah Ahmed is a Somali anti-FGM campaigner and social activist. She was hugely influential in the passing of anti-FGM legislation in Ireland and is the founder of the United Youth of Ireland and the Ifrah Foundation. Ahmed was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. At the age of 8 she underwent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), along with …

activists equal right to education

Aki Kurose

Aki Kurose was a Seattle teacher, peace and social activist who devoted her life to advocating for the neglected, the disadvantaged and children. She helped to establish Seattle’s Head Start program to bring comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Kurose was born in 1925 in …

activists Civil Rights

Yuri Kochiyama

Yuri Kochiyama was a Japanese American political activist and lifelong champion of civil rights for Black, Latino, Native American and Asian-American communities. Kochiyama was born in 1921 in San Pedro, California to Japanese immigrant parents Seiichi Nakahara and Tsuyako Nakahara. Kochiyama grew up in a predominantly white neighbourhood and became the first female student body …