Voices of Resilience: Panmela Castro
Graffiti artist and GBV activist Panmela Castro joined the Vital Voices podcast from Brazil to talk about how the country's handled the COVID-19 crisis, and her flexibility in adapting her work.Read more
And Finding the Strength to Persevere
Vital Voices was founded for women leaders and because of them. For 23 years, we’ve backed leaders on the front lines of change. This crisis doesn’t change that. But it does require that we adapt as an organization.
And so, in direct response to conversations with our network, we’re remodeling our support to ensure that we’re as effective, responsive and forward-thinking as possible.
As you read this, leaders in our network are reacting to spikes in gender-based violence; reworking small businesses to sustain economic shock; lobbying governments to protect the most vulnerable; and providing lifesaving care and supplies to affected areas.
Their communities will rely on them now, more than ever. And they can rely on us.
Together with our network and partners, we are immediately launching the Voices of Resilience Initiative — a comprehensive, updated approach to our work with four distinct aims:
Vital Voices invests in women leaders to improve the world. We have two decades of proof that our strategy works. These might be unprecedented times, but our resolve is steady. With this refined approach, we’re ready to get to work.
As a part of our ongoing efforts to support the women leaders in our global network, we’ve gathered resources, trainings and skill-building initiatives into an online platform for their continued leadership development.
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