Amidst articles about "How to lose the last 10 pounds", "DIY tips for celeb-sexy hair" and "3 random ways to boost your sex drive," Glamour has been running a series about women activists since summer 2006. Global Diary is a monthly column written by journalist, Mariane Pearl, the widow of Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2002 by terrorists in Pakistan.
Pearl has profiled 9 women in 9 countries:
Cambodia: Somaly Mam, a former sex worker who founded Acting for Women in Distressing Situations, an organization that rescues sex workers in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, and gives them job training.
Canada: Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an Inuit activist, former chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize nominee.
Cuba: Laura Pollan, whose home is the headquarters for Damas en Blanco (Ladies in White). The Ladies in White march almost every Sunday for the release of their husbands and relatives, human rights activists who were arrested in 2003.
France: Fatima Elayoubi, an Arab immigrant and former cleaning woman, whose memoir, Prière à la Lune (Prayer to the Moon), raised awareness among Parisians about the lives of "invisible" immigrants like herself.
Hong Kong: Anson Chan, the highest-ranking woman to serve in Hong Kong's Government, who is campaigning for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.
Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, and Africa's first elected female head of state.
Mexico: Lydia Cacho, a journalist whose book, Los Demonios de Eden (Demons of Eden), about a pedophile ring in Cancun, has put her life in danger.
United States: Dr. Angela Diaz, the Director of the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center in East Harlem, who went to the Center as a teen.
Uganda: Dr. Julian Atim, an AIDS activist and doctor at the Naguru Health Center in Kampala, who lost her parents to AIDS.
Next time you are waiting in the grocery store line, or at the doctor's office or at the hairdresser, pick up a Glamour and look for Pearl's newest column for some inspiration. The series is only supposed to last a year, but I hope it continues on documenting what Pearl called in her interview with Diaz, "the ripple effect of human empathy."
Screenshot from Global Diary: Uganda by Mariane Pearl