“Violence takes many forms. The pernicious abuses behind closed doors, hidden by family members in the name of honor. Structural and economic violence that disadvantages particular groups, condemning them to lifelong marginalization and insecurity. The encompassing devastation wrought by war. Whatever the cause, cycles of violence require tenacity, courage, and understanding to break.
The 16 women profiled here—who recently came together at Inclusive Security’s annual colloquium—are standing up to violence, in all its myriad forms. From Mexico to Myanmar, Sudan to South Sudan, Iraq to Ukraine, they are defying the notion that violence is inevitable, or that injustice should be tolerated.”