an essential tool for internal exploration and personal development.

Community health worker, Ranomafana, Madagascar.

Predicted: The COVID-19 pandemic would cause global economic turmoil.

Predictable: The COVID-19 pandemic would upend decades of progress in gender equality.

It is well-documented that large-scale crises nearly always exacerbate existing gender inequities in social, political, and economic systems. The uncertainty they cause serves to deepen structural inequalities, stymieing efforts by women to build better lives for themselves and their families.

While governments everywhere from Laos to Lesotho have scrambled to get emergency economic assistance to their citizens, little has been done to address the pandemic’s oversized and disastrous impact on women and girls.

A Woman’s Face

“Day by day, in this yearlong…

un·a·dul·ter·at·ed — adjective — not mixed or diluted with any different or extra elements; complete and absolute.

Me (right) and my sisters, circa 1974

Psst! Do you want to know the secret to good writing?


Strip every sentence down to its cleanest components.

Cleanest components. Got it.

This simple advice plays in my head each time I sit down to write. I gleaned it almost 30 years ago from a little book I bought my first year of J-school, when, as an aspiring journalist, I had big dreams of writing important stories for need-to-know audiences.

First published in 1976, that little book, On Writing Well, quickly…

Heidi Yanulis

I am a writer and photographer dedicated to helping nonprofit and mission-driven organizations tell their stories through engaging prose and impactful imagery.

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