Rebel Girls: 95 Photos of Feminists From Around the World

Header by Rory Midhani

Header by Rory Midhani

Feminism is alive and well, my friends. And I’ve got 95 photos from across the planet to prove it. (Click on them to find the source articles about the protests and movements pictured!)

Including an image of a protest or images from a specific region doesn’t indicate any sort of endorsement of that region or movement’s politics — this is just about showcasing that the fight for women’s rights and gender equality is raging on around the world.


Africa

Cameroon

Girls play clapping game during a weekly education session about breast ironing and rape by survivor of breast ironing Ndjessa at Ndjessa's family home in Douala

Democratic Republic of Congo

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Egypt

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Clashes in Tahrir square

Kenya

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Liberia

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PRAY THE DEVIL BACK TO HELL

Nigeria

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Senegal

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South Africa

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WINNIE MADIKIZELA MANDELA LEADS A MARCH DURING A WOMAN'S DAY RALLY.

Asia

Afghanistan

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China

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India

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Israel

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Japan

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Nepal

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Pakistan

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Members of civil society and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan protest in Islamabad, against the killing of Farzana Iqbal

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Palestine

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Saudi Arabia

Yemen

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North America

Canada

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Cuba

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El Salvador

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Guatemala

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Women's Rights

Haiti

HAITI-WOMEN-RIGHTS

haiti International Womens Day in Haiti

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Mexico

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua Protest

United States

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A group of workers and labor activists march down West Grand Boulevard as they demand a raise in the minimum wage for fast food workers in Detroit

Protesters rally in the rotunda of the State Capitol as the state Senate meets to consider legislation restricting abortion rights in Austin

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South America

Brazil

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Chile

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CHILE-ABORTION-DEMO

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Colombia

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Peru

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Venezuela

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Australia

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Women hold posters bearing messages against the Australian Labor Party during a rally in support of asylum seekers in Sydney

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Europe

France

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Germany

International Women's Day In Berlin

Greece

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Ireland

ireland

Poland

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Russia

russia

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Spain

spain

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Turkey*

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*Turkey is technically on two continents. Geography, you slay me. I chose Europe, but some of these photos may have technically been taken in Asia.

Ukraine

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United Kingdom

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england

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Carmen is the Digital Editor at Ms. , Managing Editor at Argot, a Contributor at Everyday Feminism, and Co-Host of The Bossy Show. She previously served as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor, and Social Media Co-Director at Autostraddle. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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39 Comments

  1. 0

    Love all those pics. This is undisputable proof that women all over the world are united over similar issues.

    As a side note; yes, Turkey is on two continents. The first picture is from a demonstration in which I actually participated. And the second one is from a get together with CYDD, an NGO that aims to provide education for underprivilaged girls. Both pictures were actually taken in the European part of the country, despite the fact that 85% of our country is situated in Asia.

  2. 0

    so good to see women around the world fighting for their rights!

    (On a sidenote: Russia is also on two continents, geographically the Ural Mountains are seen as the border.)

    • 0

      I logged in just to comment on that. I’m Brazilian, and that picture is definitely not from Brazil. Brazilians might protest in English to call out attention (or follow trends, as happens sometimes with French) but never, never, never, never in Spanish. That picture is bothering me a lot.

  3. 0

    I really loved this – thank you for posting. And thanks s well to Creatrix above for the South East Asia stuff, that Cambodia especially photo is so great.

    My one quibble is the FEMEN one from Ukraine. I know they’re feminists, but… it’s also a pic of a woman who’s young, thin, white, tanned, blond, fairly heavily made up and naked but for red undies and platform peeptoes, and whose body is being used as a canvas for an unrelated political message. For me it undermined the effect of all the rest of this a little. On the other hand, I know nothing’s ever perfect, and many people would disagree with me on this.

    And even with that – one of my favourite things I’ve seen in ages. Made me really grateful for my amazing sisters all around the world.

  4. 0

    I love a lot of these photos, and agree with those calling for the photos of the female Kurdish soldiers fighting ISIS. Some of these are very old, though, and more than a little off-putting. Winnie Mandela’s photo is from 1997, and she’s been widely discredited for personal involvement in cases of kidnap, torture and murder of men, women and children in South Africa.

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    (I’ve commented in a reply above but just in case you guys haven’t seen it.) That picture with signs in Spanish is not from Brazil. In fact, most Brazilians get rather offended when people assume we speak Spanish (me included). I clicked the post very excited to see what you got for my country (happy to see Marcha das Vadias included!) but this was mostly very disappointing.

  6. 0

    These are not “rebel girls”; these are Rebel Women. I would caution you not to diminish their causes by calling them girls in the title. The rebel girl has grown up. Thank you for compiling such a powerful Montage of photos.

  7. 0

    Please add Argentina!! We have some important feminist movements here too, and as Pilar says, hundreds of people protested here a few months ago, it was a huge national protest in honour of all our killed women all over the country in the last years and against femicide and men power abuse over women. We’re having lots of problems here too, the number of killed women (probably because of our recent embracement in fields like work, politics, science, etc)is increasing every day. Every day we’re having a girl killed, an adolescent murdered or abused, women that are captured and being force to prostitute and the goverments do nothing. Movements like “La marcha de las putas”, “Acción respeto: por una calle libre de acoso” are getting popular because we can barely walk in the streets without being verbally harassed by men. Do some research and add us, the world need to know, because we need help.

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    I’m proud that the mydressmychoice photos made it here , I think its the only international blog that cared to even put this , I’m the founder of the my dress my choice movement and proud that feminism gave me the courage to stand up and fight for Kenyan women who face many forms of violence , feminism is rising in Africa , feminism is liberating women in Kenya and beyond !!!

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      I’m proud of myself for recognizing this as Polish and being able to pick out two of the words, but I went to google translate for the rest and it is failing me. Unless you really are saying, “But the I laughed . Hey girls, you really think so, or for the eggs torobicie?”

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