If we got our hands on a magic wand, we would create more women like Dr. Angela Diaz. An internationally recognized leader in adolescent health care, Dr. Diaz has devoted much of her life to helping the most vulnerable teens. Having emigrated to the United States as a... READ MORE


When the first cases of AIDS were reported in the United States, medical anthropologist Richard Parker had just started a doctoral program at University of California, Berkeley. Soon after, he found himself in the epicenter of one of the world’s most devastating epidemics. The fortuity of being in that particular place in that moment in... READ MORE


Recognized internationally for her work in human rights, Mariela Castro promotes a different brand of socialism than that of her parents, who were key leaders during the Cuban Revolution. To Castro, all forms of discrimination—whether based on race, class, sexual orientation, or gender identity—must be tackled together in an inclusive and... READ MORE


Angélica García Olivares began working toward gender equality in Mexico when she was in college. While getting a Master’s degree in psychology, Angélica saw the need to focus on gender-based violence by hearing the stories of the women she counseled. She has been working to end violence against women and girls ever... READ MORE


As the Program Manager for Gender and Rights at Profamilia, Myrna Flores Chang coordinates the organization’s advocacy efforts promoting sexual and reproductive rights in the Dominican Republic.


As the program manager at Asociación Civil de Planificación Familiar (PLAFAM) in Venezuela, Belmar Franceschi is responsible for implementing all of the organization’s programs related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She began working as a counselor at... READ MORE


As the Executive Director of Centro Ecuatoriano para la Promoción y Acción de la Mujer (CEPAM), Tatiana Ortiz has her hands full. Not only is Tatiana responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic political objectives, but she also... READ MORE


The passion Juana Cooke brings to her work can only be described as infectious. The Executive Director of Asociación Panameña para el Planeamiento de la Familia (APLAFA) wins people over with her sharp wit and joyful humor. But when it comes to enabling... READ MORE


Upon entering the offices of Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), I immediately felt cozy. Colorful murals covered the walls and the atmosphere is attractive and informal -- the perfect setting for a program exclusively for youth. After a lunch of an amazing variety of homemade tamales, I found myself thinking that a hammock would be the... READ MORE


I met Julio Salgado while working at a student newspaper. We were both painfully awkward, and I was completely unaware that the friendship we forged would dramatically inform my political consciousness.


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