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An eye for an eye: Hong Kong:

Hong Kong has seen several protests and escalating violence against the shelved controversial plans by the Chinese government to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland. Women have been at the forefront of these protests – a study by three Hong Kong Universities have suggested that most of the protestors are under 30, middle-class, while around 46 per cent are women. The largely leaderless protests have also found a galvanising figure in a young woman, believed to be a volunteer medic, who was hit in one eye by a bean bag round allegedly fired by the Hong Kong police. The incident saw thousands of protestors swarm Hong Kong International Airport chanting, ‘an eye for an eye’, wearing eye patches. While the plans for extradition have been abandoned, Hong Kongers are fighting for greater suffrage rights and against the use of police brutality. Image credit: Erin Hale 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.