Her Story: Facing Our Greatest Challenges

Special content to celebrate the International Women’s Day

For over 40 years, millions across the globe have collectively celebrated the achievements, histories, ideas, and contributions of women on March 8 and increasingly, throughout March for Women’s History Month using #HerStory and #BecauseOfHerStory. This year, we wanted to do something special to celebrate this annual event, so we reached out to several members of the Creative Commons Global Network and the broader open community to ask them to share their personal stories, ideas, and insights by responding to five questions. The result is this five-part blog series called, “Her Story.” Throughout this series, we’ll also be highlighting the work of women artists who submitted pieces to Fine Acts’ Reimagining Human Rights challenge. 

Our hope is that these conversations will inspire you to reflect on your own stories and ideas. We also hope it will motivate you to think about how you can help make open sharing more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable. Put simply, we want to make sharing better—to do that, we need your help.


In part one of this series, participants responded to the following question:

What motivated you to join the open movement and become an advocate for open access to knowledge and culture?

My long-time friend Simeon Oriko encouraged me to find a way of sharing the knowledge and skills I had accrued with students from less fortunate backgrounds here in Kenya and who aspired to the same things in life as I did. While building on this work, I realized that a lot of the content we consume erases the work done by women—especially Black women—and did not encourage learners to create projects that would preserve their communities’ histories, culture, and knowledge.

Hildah Nyakwaka | Community Coordinator, Centre for Digital Resilience

That all people in the world can access knowledge and culture to make the best decisions in their life—especially for those who have less access, not just a few privileged people.

Irene Soria Guzmán | Representative to the Global Network Council, CC

In part two of this series, participants responded to the following questions: 

What is the biggest challenge facing the open movement today? And what’s the solution?

There are many challenges in the open movement. I guess the most prominent ones today are equity and diversity. Equity in access to knowledge and diversity in terms of language and communities. The COVID-19 pandemic proved how large the gap is in access to knowledge around the world but also proved the status quo can be changed if challenged. A short, great article on this is available here.

İlkay Holt | Representative to the CC Global Network Council, CC Turkey

The internet has changed—new challenges have emerged that divide our attention. The environment is much more complex than it was 20 years ago in terms of business models for the entertainment industry, new controls over users, and the opaqueness of injustices in the knowledge ecosystem. I think our message used to be simpler and clearer.

Mariana Valente | Director, InternetLab; Professor, Insper University; 2019-2020 CC Brazil lead

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