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Olga Misik: Russia:

One of the most defining images of Russia's fight against the Putin administration was that of Olga Misik, the Russian teenager who read the Russian constitution in front of riot police, with netizens likening her to the Tiananmen Square Tank Man. Affirming the right to peaceful protests, the young pro-democracy protestor wanted to let the police know that while they were protesting peacefully, the Russian riot police were with their weapons. The Putin administration has been violently cracking down on people protesting the banning of several leaders of the opposition from contesting in Moscow’s City Duma elections, and for greater transparency and political freedom in Russia. Image credit: Joy Bhattacharjya/Twitter

Meet the brave women who are leading powerful protests around the world in 2019

2019 has been a year of great turmoil as people all over the world grow increasingly frustrated with government inaction, injustices and the economic environment they are facing. This has led to widespread protests, which have often turned out violent. However, what has stood out this year are the women who have been leading from the frontlines of these protests. From Delhi to Hong Kong, Lebanon and Russia, women have been heading powerful fights against injustice across the world, fearless in the face of violence.

As 2019 comes to an end, we take a look at some of the most powerful moments where women have been at the forefront of protests, fighting not just for themselves but for humanity, as well.