Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp

Turning the Tide on Sexual Violence by Ashley Lackovich-Van Gorp for Girls' Globe

Turning the Tide on Sexual Violence

Behind the statistics are women and girls – individuals who could be you or me. As I move forward in the fight for the health, rights and dignity of all of us, I collect more and more memories of my time with survivors. The more memories I gather, the more often they crawl out from the corners of my mind when I’m least expecting them.

When Nadia Murad Stood Before Donald Trump

When Nadia Murad Stood Before Trump

It is the most hardened hearts and minds – not the hearts and minds of our allies – that we must change if we are to create a more just and inclusive world.

Standing with Syrian Women and Girls Ashley Lackovich Van-Gorp for Girls' Globe

Standing with Syrian Women and Girls

Women and girls in Syria, like women and girls in all conflicts, suffer disproportionately. Meanwhile, the world largely ignores them.

Nadia Murad On Her Shoulders: A Call to Stand with Survivors

On Her Shoulders: A Call to Stand with Survivors

I have just finished reading reviews of ‘On Her Shoulders’, Alexandria Brombach’s documentary on Nadia Murad, the human rights activist who won the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. From the New York Times to RobertEbert.Com, the almost exclusively male reviewers gave halfhearted write-ups on a movie so powerful that I felt

Facing 2019 With Bravery

I spent the first half of 2018 in the Middle East. Originally working to prevent and respond to child marriage among Syrian refugees, I spent most of my two and half years in the region creating empowerment programs to help girls respond to sexism and inequality. Inevitably, this work always

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