February 14, typically known as Valentine’s Day, celebrates love at its most romantic, compelling couples throughout the world to exchange gooey eyes over candle-lit dinners.
2013’s February 14, however, highlighted another dimension of love as the date of the One Billion Rising movement: a campaign that used music and dance to oppose violence against women. In nearly 200 countries around the world, people took to the streets with a carnival spirit to decry abuses against half of the world’s population.
APB is proud to represent fearless women’s rights speakers who tirelessly advocate for the safety and equality of women around the world. Uniting politicians, activists, advocates, and celebrities, APB’s speakers on women’s rights inspire audiences to seek justice and a level playing field.
The following are a few of these women’s rights speakers:
A renowned actress best known for her roles in A History of Violence and The Cooler, speaker Maria Bello uses her celebrity status to draw attention to her work as a women’s rights activist. She is the co-founder of We Advance, a women’s movement and NGO based in Cite Soleil, Haiti, that advocates for women throughout the country so they may have full political, economic, and social participation. She was named a Vital Voices Global Ambassador for women and speaks around the world as a women’s rights speaker. Learn more about speaker Maria Bello.
The first Asian American to win a Pulitzer, speaker Sheryl WuDunn is the co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, about the trials and triumphs of women struggling for opportunity and equality around the globe. It was recently turned into a special four-hour PBS series of the same name. WuDunn is an acclaimed women’s rights speaker who speaks to global audiences on economic, political, and social topics related to women in the developing world. Learn more about speaker Sheryl WuDunn.
One of the last people to see her best friend, Wall Street Journalreporter Daniel Pearl, alive, speaker Asra Nomani figures prominently in the acclaimed film A Mighty Heart starring Angelina Jolie. As a women’s rights speaker and activist, she focuses on reclaiming women’s rights in the Muslim world and wrote the critically acclaimed Standing Alone in Mecca: An American Woman’s Struggle for the Soul of Islam. She also advocates for all women on such issues as equality, social and economic justice, and domestic abuse. Learn more about speaker Asra Nomani.
Speaker Taraneh Salke is the founder and executive director of Family Health Alliance (FHA), a nonprofit organization focused on advancing women’s reproductive health and rights in underdeveloped and resource-poor environments. She surprised the world with her controversial decision to educate and involve Afghan men in advancing women’s health rights in Afghanistan but ultimately earned respect for the success of her program. A noted women’s rights speaker, she lectures about women’s global health issues at conferences, universities, and women’s organizations. Learn more about speaker Taraneh Salke.
As former president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, speaker Gloria Feldt was a major driving force behind advancing reproductive rights and increasing access to reproductive healthcare in the US and around the world. She is the author of three acclaimed books: The War on Choice, Behind Every Choice Is a Story, and No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power. As an acclaimed women’s rights speaker, she presents with her characteristic zeal and candor on a larger range of issues affecting women, healthcare, and fundamental rights of equality. Learn more about speaker Gloria Feldt.
Author, poet, activist, and speaker Roya Hakakian is a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, which seeks to promote accountability and respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran by keeping a public record of human rights abuses. Hakakian is the author of Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran, her memoir about growing up as a Jewish teenager in post-revolutionary Iran. A respected women’s rights speaker, she provides an intimate portrait of Iran today. Learn more about speaker Roya Hakakian.