Do you want to protect women’s rights at home and abroad?

Around the world, women suffer sex-based discrimination under authoritarian regimes.

In North Korea, marital rape is not considered a crime. Women’s financial inclusion in Afghanistan is ranked by the Women, Peace & Security Index (WPS) at just 7.2%. Women under Iranian law have been killed by morality police for the crime of showing their hair. Honor killings are frighteningly prevalent in Pakistan, Somalia and Syria.

Not only is their dignity at stake, but many women worldwide are victims of oppressors who seek to destroy their reproductivity. Female genital mutilation is still practiced in in sub-Saharan Africa, the Arab States, and Asia. In China, Uyghur women are intentionally targeted; subjected to mutilation, torture, and imprisonment.

These women have been silenced at the hands of violent oppressors. Many of their stories have gone untold.

Not anymore.

For years, Independent Women’s Forum has worked to engage and inform the public about how policy issues impact them and their loved ones domestically.

Now, through Dare to Dissent, IWF is expanding its scope to tell the stories of dissidents who can speak to the dangers of tyranny abroad and warn of creeping authoritarianism at home.

Dare to Dissent is more than a collection of narratives; it is a catalyst for change, bringing these women out of obscurity and into the light.

Are you a dissident who has fled your home country?

We want to hear from you. Share your story.