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Aung San Suu Kyi

Women who light the way for freedom

Two women, Hala Aldosari, a human rights activist from Saudi Arabia, and Vian Dakhil, a Yazidi member of Iraq's Parliament, are fighting for democratic values in the Middle East. As both scholar and blogger, Ms. Aldosari focuses on unjust limitations Saudi Arabia places on women. Ms. Dakhil uses her platform as a legislator to draw attention and resources to the plight of the besieged Yazidi minority in Iraq, a group viciously targeted by ISIS.

As documented by Freedom House surveys, the world has experienced a 10-year recession of democracy, with autocracies like Russia and China silencing civil society and exporting their methods of doing so, and sadistic extremists targeting...