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Everything on the Line:
Women-Led Revolutions
in 2023

March 8, 2023
12:00 pm
- 1:00 pm

Every year, International Women’s Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the gains the world has made towards gender equality and women’s rights. And every year–rather than celebrating–we are forced to confront the obstacles that get in the way of women and their freedom, including worsening statistics on gender-based violence; the under-representation of females in political leadership; and a climate emergency that disproportionately affects women and girls. In fact, UN Women recently announced that  it will take another 286 years to close the global gender gap. From a “forever war” that women are barely surviving in Afghanistan to human rights abuses brought to light by girl-led protests in Iran, gender equality around the world seems more elusive than ever.

So what can we do? What is the outlook for women’s rights in 2023, and what will it take to get closer to real equality?

It will take a revolution.

On International Women’s Day, Wednesday, March 8th at 12:00 p.m. ET, The Meteor and The Fuller Project will host Everything on the Line: Women-Led Revolutions in 2023.  This virtual briefing will feature experts sharing their perspectives on the fight for women’s freedom and equality around the world, from Afghanistan to Iran to the Green Wave in Latin America. We’ll hear from the following panel about both challenges and solutions to advancing women’s freedom globally, including: 

  • Paula Ávila-Guillén, a Colombian lawyer, human rights specialist, and reproductive rights activist who leads The Women’s Equality Center.
  • Zahra Nader, an Afghan-Canadian journalist and the editor-in-chief of the women-led newsroom, Zan Times.
  • Dr. Xanthe Scharff, cofounder and CEO of The Fuller Project.
  • Neda Toloui-Semnani, an Iranian-American, Emmy-Award winning writer and producer.

Please join us on, Wednesday, March 8th, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. ET for this free virtual briefing, and spread the word—everyone is welcome to participate!

Paula Ávila-Guillén

Paula Ávila-Guillén is a Green Wave movement leader, international human rights lawyer, and Executive Director at The Women’s Equality Center (WEC). She has helped lead the fight to decriminalize abortion in her home country of Colombia and has supported the efforts that led to decriminalization in Argentina and Mexico. Paula is part of the coalition of leaders holding El Salvador’s government accountable for the systematic persecution and criminalization of women unjustly sentenced to imprisonment after having suffered obstetric emergencies, and has contributed to the freedom of over 66 Salvadoran women.

Zahra Nader

Zahra Nader is an Afghan-Canadian journalist and editor-in-chief of Zan Times, a newsroom that covers human rights violations in Afghanistan with a focus on women, the LGBTQI community, and environmental issues. Zahra started her career in Kabul in 2011, writing and editing for local Afghan media outlets. In 2016, she joined the New York Times bureau in Kabul, becoming the first Afghan woman journalist to work with a mainstream English language media since 2001. Zahra is currently based in Toronto, Canada, pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Gender, Feminist & Women’s Studies at York University.

Dr. Xanthe Scharff

Dr. Xanthe Scharff is the Cofounder and CEO of The Fuller Project, the global newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting that catalyzes positive change for women. The founder of two acclaimed nonprofit organizations and a gender expert, Xanthe launched The Fuller Project from Turkey while reporting in Istanbul and on the Syrian border. She has built the project to be the go-to source for exclusive, in-depth global reporting about women that would otherwise be untold. Fuller Project’s journalism is relied on by decision-makers and published in renowned outlets, such as The New York Times and The Washington Post.

Neda Toloui-Semnani

Neda Toloui-Semnani is an Emmy-award winning journalist. Her work has appeared in many places, including This American Life, The Cut, VICE News, The Washington Post, and others. She’s the author of the book, They Said They Wanted Revolution: A Memoir of My Parents.

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    March 8, 2023
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Event Category:


    United States