16 Ways to Take Action Against Human Trafficking

The Universal Declaration on Human Rights declared over 60 years ago that all humans were born free and equal with rights common to all and exclusive to none. Sixty-odd years later, in spite of the clear and express prohibition of slavery, trafficking in humans stands at an astoundingly and eerily high level, eclipsing all other eras. In other words, with 30 million people, mostly women and girls, currently being exploited and violated in the sex/human-trafficking trade at this precise moment, there have never been more people enslaved in global history.

The conversation surrounding human/sex-trafficking is not a particularly popular one, but remains a necessary one. Human/sex-trafficking thrives on the secrecy and shadow of unawareness, which currently pervades. This increasingly disturbing human rights violation is linked to forced prostitution, street crimes, domestic servitude, child labour and many other forms of exploitation.  Human trafficking is not only about individuals: it has a mass effect on our social fabric, economic stability and more abstractly reflects on our common humanity. Continue reading

Words That Paint a Picture–Pixel Project Actions to End Violence Against Women

For the past couple of weeks we have posted word clouds, generated from the text on our website, that showed the scope andimpact of violence against women and that focused on solutions. This week, we thought we would focus on the actions that we have taken through The Pixel Project to educate, raise awareness, and help people take action to end violence against women:

Please join us in our efforts! Visit our Getting Involved page to learn how!


Words That Paint a Picture: Solutions to VAW

Last week we posted word clouds, generated from the text on our website, that show the scope and impact of violence against women. This week, we thought we would focus on words that describe solutions to the problem. As you may notice, many of the words in this cloud are forms of communication. At The Pixel Project, we focus on communication and raising awareness, since talking openly about the issue of violence against women is the best way to inspire action.

You can view the image in full-size at wordle.net.

Words That Paint A Picture: The Impact of Violence Against Women

In yesterday’s post, we used a Wordle graphic to paint a literal word picture of the many types of violence against women. Today we are using the same tool to demonstrate the impact of violence against women:

The impact is severe and, like the violence itself, it takes many forms.

And it could affect any girl or woman in your life – the victim or survivor could be your mother, your sister, your daughter, your niece, your grandmother, your aunt, your cousin, your co-worker, your classmate, your friend or even just a woman on the street.

Don’t turn away.

Don’t be a walk-on-by bystander.

Don’t pretend it hasn’t happened, won’t happen, never will happen.

Take action today to stop the violence and heal lives. Even the smallest gesture such as picking up the phone to call for help for your neighbour or sending a friend helpline information helps.

It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

To see today’s word cloud image in full size, visit wordle.net.

Words That Paint A Picture: What is Violence Against Women?

One of the goals of our awareness-raising efforts is to show people the full scope of the problem of violence against women. Violence against women is not just domestic violence and rape. It encompasses a wide array of crimes perpetrated against women because they are women.

We have written and talked about the many different types of violence against women. Today, we’re taking a different route – we’re using Wordle, a visual tool, to very literally paint a picture in words denoting the very many forms that violence against women take:

We gathered these words from the content on our website and edited the list to combine similar words into one term (for example, raped, rape, and rapes became “rape”). Larger words occur with greater frequency on our site, but the size is by no means an indication of which crime is more important. All are equally heinous and all are equally deserving of our attention.

Tomorrow, we will show the impact of violence against women in another Wordle graphic.

To see today’s Word cloud image in full size, visit wordle.net or click on the word picture.

10 Ways To Help Celebrate The Pixel Project’s Second Birthday

The Pixel Project has, amazingly, turned two years old today (7 January 2011) Not bad for an idea that started in the shower!

We would like to thank all of our volunteers past and present, short-term and hardcore, for the tremendous amount of work and time that they have contributed to us and the big picture cause to end violence against women worldwide. It takes a lot of faith to get on board a brand new nonprofit social enterprise start-up, especially when our first major project – The Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign –  is now years in the making and continues to experience teething problems even at the threshold of launching. Yet all of them, from the social media team to the tech experts, have stuck with us through thick and thin… and they show no sign of letting up.

For this we are profoundly grateful.

We are also grateful for the support of our partners, many of whom are far more established nonprofits and activists working to end violence against women. Like our volunteers, they have stuck by us through thick and thin, never wavering in their belief in the work that we do and our efforts towards changing the world for women and girls worldwide. Like us, they understand that the only way we can move forward is to move forward together and to take strength in the power of working together to end violence against women.

For this we give our sincerest thanks.

Finally, we would like to give all our supporters both longtime and new a heartfelt virtual hug for coming on board the cause. Everything you do, no matter how small, makes a difference be it retweeting our tweets, reposting our blog posts, signing petitions, taking pledges, organising events, signing up to volunteer with us or donating to keep our work alive.

For this we count our blessings every single day of our work.

To help us celebrate our second birthday throughout this January, here are 10 simple ways you can immediately participate in micro-activism to help our cause to end violence against women get off to a great start in 2011:

1. Take The Pledge. We hope to launch our Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign  to raise US$1 million to be share – after campaign expenses are subtracted – between the U.S.’s National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Malaysia’s Women’s Aid Organisation. Have you taken the pledge to buy pixels yet? If not, please join our honour roll of pledge-ees to help us reach 200 pledges and beyond by the time we launch our campaign.

2. Wear Us On Your (Virtual) Sleeve. Download our latest virtual goodies including buttons and banners – post it proudly on your blog’s sidebar or use it as your Facebook profile picture or Twitter avatar to help us encourage more people to pledge for pixels in the run up to our Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign! Just click here to download your choice of button or banner.

3. Five Thousand Facebook Fans. If you are on Facebook, get two friends to join our Facebook page and get each of those two friends to tell two of their friends. Help us get to the 5000 supporter milestone by the end of January!

4. Into the Twalley rode the one thousand. Are you following us on Twitter? If you are and you have not added us to your lists yet, please do – we are listed on over 900 Twitter lists and getting to the 1000-list watershed is our goal for January because the more lists we are on, the wider our reach as our Twitter Tag Team tweets VAW news, information and helplines 24/7.

5. Be an Ambassador. Are you on Twitter? Sign up to become part of our growing network of Twitter Ambassadors who each retweet at least 5 of our tweets per day to help raise awareness about ending violence against women. Contact our Twitter Tag Team Coordinator, Suloshini at suloshini@thepixelproject.net to join.

6. Tag Team It! Are you on Twitter and have a block of 2 to 4 hours to spare per week? Sign up for our Twitter Tag Team where volunteers from 3 continents and 7 timezones take turns to tweet VAW news, information and helplines round the clock. Interested? Contact our Twitter Tag Team Coordinator, Suloshini at suloshini@thepixelproject.net to join.

7. Add Your Voice. Do you have a webcam? Have you always wanted to stand up and speak out in support of efforts to end violence against women? Join our ongoing “Wall of Support” campaign where people from all walks of life worldwide have joined in a global YouTube chorus speaking out against violence against women and girls. Not sure how to begin? Request for our guidelines and scripts here.

8. Share Your Stories. Our blog is always looking for inspirational survivor stories as well as helping other VAW nonprofits spread their news about innovative and positive initiatives for ending violence against women in communities and cultures worldwide. Your stories should be between 300 – 400 words in length and submitted together with an accompanying JPG format image (if you have it) to our Blog Editor, Crystal at crystal@thepixelproject.net.

9. Share OUR Stories. Are you a journalist or blogger? Want to help raise awareness about violence against women? Looking for guest blog posts or interesting activists to interview? Run an e-zine looking for content about the cause to end violence against women? Contact us and we’d be happy to share our experiences and to talk about the cause.

10. Get Giving. Like any nonprofit, we are always in need of donations of cash and services to run our projects, campaigns and initiatives. Much of our running costs are taken care of by donated services and materials, so be assured that we will make every penny/cent go the mile!

  • Cash Donors – Donating to us goes via Razoo which is easy peasy and which means that 100% of your donations go to us! Just click here to donate.
  • Service/materials Donors/Sponsors – Interested in donating services instead? We were looking for PR professionals in major cities in the US and Australia, web designers, programmers/developers, illustrators for animation etc. Just get in touch with us via info@thepixelproject.net or fill in the form here.
  • Time & Skills Donors – Want to volunteer with us? We are currently staffing up our Blog team, our Twitter Tag Team, our Facebook team, our Recruitment team, and our Administration team. Just fill in the form here and someone will get back to you!

It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

May we all get it done in the next decade!

Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project

Activism 101: 16 Ideas for Online Campaigning

In the fight to end violence against women, we need to use every single tool at our disposal to push for change.

For decades, activists and nonprofits used time-honoured tactics ranging from marches to lobbying to advertising. The more media-savvy ones would write Op-Eds for publication, arrange for interviews and embed the media in their marches and protests.  These activist activities are still very much alive and in many cases, still effective in raising awareness and funds for the cause.

Now, with Web 2.0 upon us in the form of the G&F (Google and Facebook) Era of interactive social media ranging from blogs to e-retailing to Twitter, it is easier and more important than ever for even the smallest nonprofit working to end violence against women. Amongst other advantages, it allows us to reach and engage with Generation Y and the younger ‘uns who are now growing up as natives of the virtual space.

Perhaps more importantly: It is easier than ever for the (wo)man on the street to get involved with the cause.  With internet access spreading faster than ever and the growing ubiquity of smartphones everywhere, there really isn’t any excuse not to get involved with the cause.

After all, activism to raise awareness can even be boiled down to a single, simple click of a mouse now.

As our contribution to the 6th day of “16 Days of Activism” 2010, The Pixel Project presents 16 ideas for online campaigning for the next-generation activist with a computer/smartphone and internet connection who wishes to take the first step towards helping end violence against women:

Idea 1: The Status Donation. If you have a Facebook or LinkedIn account (or are a member of any other social media site that has the status update function), dedicate an hour or a day on a weekly or monthly basis to giving a shout-out to your favourite nonprofit working to end violence against women. Remember to include the link to their website!

Idea 2: The Badge of Pride. If your favourite nonprofit working to end violence against women has virtual buttons, badges, avatars and banners available, download one and donate your social media profile picture for an hour or a day on a weekly or monthly basis to help raise awareness about the issue.

Idea 3: Theme Blogging. Do you have a blog? Consider devoting a post every week/month/quarter to commenting on the issue of violence against women based on any major news involving the issue.

Idea 4: Get Advertising: Do you have space for banner advertisements on your website or blog? Consider letting your favourite nonprofit put up banner advertisements there about their services be it battered women’s shelters, rape crisis helplines or community programmes.

Idea 5: Get With The Carnival. Are you a prolific blogger with plenty of mutual blogrolling with a community of other bloggers? Get aware of all the special days and events linked to the cause such as International Women’s Day, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and International Day of Elimination of Violence Against Women and get your blogging community organised in a blog carnival where everybody writes a blog post on the issue and pools it into a virtual collection of essays.

Idea 6: Comment, Comment, Comment. Do you read the blogs of activists and nonprofits working to end violence against women? Have you ever left a comment? If you haven’t, leave one the next time you read the blog both to speak up against violence against women as well as to send feedback to and share your ideas with the activists and nonprofits concerned. The more conversation there is, the better.

Idea 7: Tweet, Retweet. Are you on Twitter? Consider tweeting linked news about violence against women once a week/month. Not sure what to tweet? Keep your eyes open for relevant news tweets that comes through your Twitter stream and retweet it. Nonprofits such as The Pixel Project (@pixelproject) and news channel Twitter accounts are some of the best sources of tweets that raise awareness about the issue.

Idea 8: Follow The Leader. Consider adding some of your favourite nonprofits working to end violence against women to the list of Twitter folk that you follow. Many of them tweet news and views about violence against women and the state of the cause regularly.

Idea 9: Donate Online. Do you normally send your favourite nonprofit donations in the form of cheques? With an increasing number of nonprofits now accepting donations online, try donating online as many online donation programmes are also linked into the sponsors who can match your donation. Online donation also makes it easy for you to set up recurring small donations without having to pull out your chequebook repeatedly.

Idea 10: Get Educated… the Google Way. Set up news alerts courtesy of Google News to get the latest news about the issue to educate yourself about the state of the cause. Persuade your friends and family to do the same – it could make for some interesting and eye-opening conversation at the family dinner table.

Idea 11: Get Supportive. Show your support by joining relevant Facebook pages and groups where activists, nonprofits and survivors come together to discuss solutions to violence against women. Join in the conversation in the comments boxes and discussion forums.

Idea 12: Sign that Petition. Everyone from the United Nations to individual activists now set up their petitions online where takes just two minutes to digitally sign your name to everything from stopping female genital mutilation to protesting the release of sexual predators. When you come across appeals for petitions, read the petition message and then add your name to it.

Idea 13: Fundraise online. While bake sales, charity dinners and other classic fundraising tactics will never go out of fashion, a very low-cost and low-hassle way of raising funds for your favourite nonprofit is via nonprofit community sites such as Ammado and Razoo. Start a fundraising project and get your friends and family to donate amounts as small as US$10.

Idea 14: Help Get It Viral. If a trusted nonprofit working to end violence against women sends you a message about a campaign and asks you to forward it in any way (email, Twitter, Facebook, blog), please share the news. All it takes is a couple of minutes to consider which of your friends may be interested and to click the ‘send/post’ button.

Idea 15: Donate Virtual Real Estate. Do you have far more server space than you need on your hosting plan? Consider donating that unused piece of virtual real estate to your local battered women’s shelter or rape crisis centre to set up short-term campaign microsites.

Idea 16: YouTube It. If you have a webcam and a YouTube account, consider recording a personal message speaking out against violence against women and get all your friends and family to do the same. Another way of helping raise awareness is to ‘favourite’ videos about violence against women and the work that is being done to end this atrocity so all your fans and friends can see it.

So what are you waiting for? Time to get clicking!

It’s time to stop violence against women. Together.

– Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project

16 Female Role Models 2010: Transforming Personal Pain into Positive Action

When it comes to the issue of Violence Against Women, we shy away from it because it is difficult to face the ugly side of humanity. It is painful to think of, much less see, the women and girls in our lives suffering from violence simply because they were born female.

Yet every cloud has its silver lining, every tunnel has a light at the end of it, and every seemingly hopeless case has its seeds of hope.

While our “Pledge for Pixels” campaign is the warm-up for our flagship fundraiser – The Celebrity Male Role Model Pixel Reveal campaign – that is set to launch in early 2011, we would like to take this opportunity to salute some of the bravest and most formidable women activists working to end violence against women around the world.

Many of these wonderful women have shown that it is possible to transform personal pain that came out of facing gender-based violence, into positive action to stop violence against women, empower themselves and to show other survivors that it is possible to move forward with dignity and happiness. They have refused to let bitterness and pain get the better of them, opting to stand up for themselves and for other women instead.

Others on this list may not have experienced gender-based violence inflicted on themselves but they have stepped up to do what is right: to speak up for women and girls who cannot do it for themselves, sometimes at great personal risk.

All this requires immense courage, generosity of spirit and a strong enduring heart.

Here are 16 of some of the most awesome women in the movement to end violence against women. We hope that they will inspire you as much they do The Pixel Project team:

Female Role Model 1: Anuradha Koirala – Nepal

Anuradha Koirala, CNN Hero 2011 and human trafficking activist, founded Maiti Nepal, a nonprofit which saved more than 12,000 women and girls from sex trafficking and prostitution, when she escaped an abusive relationship that left her with three miscarriages. After the relationship ended, Koirala used a portion of her $100 monthly salary to start a small retail shop to employ and support displaced victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence. Maiti Nepal was her brainchild for giving voice, legal defense and rehabilitation to victims of sex trafficking. The group also takes in rape and domestic violence survivors, as well as abandoned children. “The hardest part for me is to see a girl dying or coming back with different diseases at an [age] when she should be out frolicking,” Koirala said. “That’s what fuels me to work harder.”

Female Role Model 2: Betty Makoni – Zimbabwe

Betty Makoni is the founder of Girl Child Network Worldwide and a CNN Hero. As a survivor of child abuse and rape, Betty founded GCNW to educate and empower Zimbabwean girls. Her work has forced her to flee Zimbabwe for the United Kingdom where she continues to run Girl Child Network Worldwide, bringing her model of empowering girls from the ground up to numerous countries across the world. Betty’s incredible story has been captured in a poignant documentary, Tapestries of Hope, by Michealene Risley. Betty said: “We focus on girls to transform them from being like a passive victim to the “masculine” qualities that we want because… it’s all about standing tall. This is what we teach boys: a man is strong. We can say to the girls the same: a girl is strong”

Female Role Model 3: ‘Bibi’ Ayesha – Afghanistan

18-year-old ‘Bibi’ Ayesha had her ears and nose chopped off by her abusive husband and was brought to the United States to undergo facial reconstruction surgery. While in the United States, she bravely shared her pre-surgery face with the world by going on the cover of Time magazine. Aisha’s portrait is a powerful and visual Teachable Moment that inspires and galvanises all of us to work towards eliminating violence against women wherever we are in the world and with whatever skills and tools we have at hand.

Female Role Model 4: Brenda Isabel – Kenya

Brenda Isabel, a young Kenyan survivor of sexual violence, turns her personal tragedy into communal good by starting a centre to help other young Kenyan women house their dreams and is working to make it self-funding by starting a business to make eco-friendly sanitary pads. Brenda wants to help change things by empowering other young women like her with education and life skills. She recently launched her own programme called The Human Relations Trust. What an inspiration and a great example of being able to move beyond the pain and to turn pain into a force for good! To learn more about Brenda and her amazing initiative, you can watch a video about her work here.

Female Role Model 5: Esther Chavez Cano – Mexico

The late Esther Chavez Cano began her distinguished work against violence against women in Mexico after she retired as an accountant. Profoundly shocked by the lack of police attention to the brutal killings of the women of Cuidad Juarez, she founded the March 8 Organisation to bring together campaigners protesting at the violence perpetrated against women in the area. She collected articles on the murders from local papers for several years, and distilled the reports into facts and figures that could be used to hound the police services and embarrass politicians. As her list of victims grew, so did her tenacity. In 1999 she opened the Casa Amiga shelter and rape crisis centre, which now helps thousands of women each year, free of charge.

Female Role Model 6: Holly Kearl – United States of America

For ten years Holly Kearl has addressed gender-based violence and women’s equity issues, starting with volunteer work at a local domestic violence shelter during her senior year of high school. Tired of strange men whistling and honking at her, calling out to her, following her, and grabbing her when she was alone in public, Holly wrote her master’s thesis on gender-based street harassment and how women were using online websites to combat it. In 2008 she founded an anti-street harassment website and blog and began working on an anti-street harassment book. In Aug. 2010, her book came out and it is available online: Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women

Female Role Model 7: Iana Matei – Romania

Iana Matei is Romania’s leading advocate and activist for the end of the sex-trafficking of girls and women. Until a few years ago, Ms. Matei’s shelter here was the only one in Romania for victims of traffickers, though the country has been a center for the trade in young girls for decades. In 1990, as Romania was emerging from Communism, she participated in daily street protests and eventually fled to and resettled in Australia where she earned a degree in psychology and worked with street children. In 1998, she moved back to Romania where she began working with street children and eventually rescuing underaged girls from prostitution and sex trafficking under dangerous conditions.

Female Role Model 8: Julia Lalla-Maharajh – United Kingdom

Julia Lalla-Maharajh, founder of the Orchid Project, was volunteering in Ethiopia when she came across the scale and extent of female genital cutting there. She was determined to do something about this. When she returned to London she volunteered with FORWARD to discover more about organisations working in this field.  She was able to appear on the Plinth in Trafalgar Square spending her hour raising awareness about FGC, putting on and taking off 40 t-shirts to represent countries where FGC is practised and cutting the petals of 40 red roses.  Following this, she entered the YouTube/World Economic Forum competition, the Davos Debates. In a global vote, she won and went to Davos, to hold a dedicated debate with the head of UNICEF, Amnesty International and the UN Foundation.

Female Role Model 9: Kathleen Schmidt – United States of America

Kathleen Schmidt survived a childhood and brutal first marriage full of abuse to go on to a happy second marriage and a full life dedicated to helping others. Kathleen tells her story in the book, Escaping The Glass Cage as a way of sharing her strength and experience with others to show them that there is hope. She is also the founder of Project Empowerment, a weekly Blogtalkradio show where she interviews experts, survivors and leaders in the movement to end violence against women and domestic violence about their work and solutions to this seemingly intractable problem.

Female Role Model 10: Layli Miller-Muro – United States of America

Layli Miller-Muro is the Executive Director of the Tahirih Justice Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting women from human rights abuses through the provision of legal aid and public policy advocacy. Miller-Muro founded the organization in 1997 following her involvement in Matter of Kasinga, a high-profile case that set national precedent and revolutionized asylum law in the United States. Fauziya Kassindja, a 17-year-old girl who had fled Togo in fear of a forced polygamous marriage and a tribal practice known as female genital mutilation, was granted asylum in 1996 by the US Board of Immigration Appeals. This decision opened the door to gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum.

Female Role Model 11: Lisa Shannon – United States of America

Lisa Shannon founded the first national grassroots effort to raise awareness and funds for women in the DR Congo through her project Run for Congo Women. They have sponsored more than a thousand war-affected Congolese women through Women for Women International. These women are raising more than 5000 children. She traveled solo into Eastern Congo’s South Kivu province for five and half weeks in January- February 2007, and again in May 2008. Prior to Lisa’s travels through Congo, was named a “2006 Hero of Running” by Runner’s World Magazine and O, The Oprah Magazine wrote, “Lisa Shannon read our report—and started a movement.” Lisa presently serves as an ambassador for Women for Women International.

Female Role Model 12: Olivia Klaus – United States of America

Filmmaker Olivia Klaus spent nine years creating “Sin by Silence,”a documentary on women in the United States sentenced to prison for killing their abusive partners. Klaus volunteered to work with the group Convicted Women Against Abuse (CWAA)—the subject of the film—after a friend in an abusive relationship turned to her for help. She named her film after something Abraham Lincoln once said, “To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards of men.” She said: “This is my way of protesting and breaking the silence.” Klaus believes that anyone can get involved with stopping violence against women – from being there for a friend to volunteering for a shelter to protesting for legislation.

Female Role Model 13: Rana Husseini – Jordan

As a Jordanian woman journalist writing for The Jordan Times, Rana Husseini focused on social issues with a special emphasis on violence against women, as well as the brutal crimes that are committed against Jordanian women in the name of family honour. Her coverage of and dedication to ending this unjustified practice against women helped raise national awareness on a topic that is traditionally considered taboo. Until The Jordan Times began reporting on so-called crimes of honour, the local press shied away from addressing the issue. The government responded by introducing legal changes that suggest tougher punishments for perpetrators of such crimes.

Female Role Model 14: Roya Shams – Afghanistan

Roya Shams is a 16-year-old Afghan girl who walks to school every day to get her education, regardless of threats of violence from her neighbours and community. Roya is not only determined to learn and to finish high school, but she intends to go on to university and get a degree. She then plans to stick her neck out even further: in a country where a woman is easily cut down for having the nerve to speak up, the burning ambition of Roya’s young life is to become a politician. “We have to study,” she insists. “We have to show them the way.”

Female Role Model 15: Sunitha Krishnan – India

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, born in 1969, is an Indian social activist, a gang rape survivor and Chief Functionary and co-founder of Prajwala, an institution that assists trafficked women and girls in finding shelter. The organization also helps pay for the education of five thousand children infected with HIV/AIDS in Hyderabad. Prajwala’s “second-generation” prevention program operates in 17 transition centers and has served thousands of children of prostituted mothers. Prajwala’s strategy is to remove women from brothels by giving their children educational and career opportunities. Krishnan and her staff train survivors in carpentry, welding, printing, masonry and housekeeping.

Female Role Model 16: Waris Dirie – Somalia

Waris Dirie is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activist working to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Waris underwent FGM as a child and at the age of thirteen, she fled her family to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man. In 1997, Waris left her modeling career to focus on her work against FGM and was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of FGM.In 2002, she founded the Waris Dirie Foundation in Vienna, Austria, an organization aimed at raising awareness regarding the dangers surrounding FGM. In January 2009, the PPR Foundation for Women’s Dignity and Rights’, was jointly founded by Waris and French tycoon François-Henri Pinault (CEO of PPR) and his wife, actress Salma Hayek. Waris has also started the Desert Dawn Foundation, which raises money for schools and clinics in her native Somalia.

– Regina Yau, Founder and President – The Pixel Project