For many children in the West, usually a bicycle is little more than a toy. For Bharati it is a means to an education, a means to a better future, and a tool to achieve what women in her mother's generation could not. Bharati wants to change her world with a little help from her own two wheels.
Meet Joice, a determined student from Alagados in Salvador, Brazil. In a community where the average income for a family of four to eight people is just $200 a month, education can make all the difference in helping to reduce poverty. So the fact that Joice comes from a semi-literate family but is now attending university makes her an important role model in her community.
Midwives in Chiapas, Mexico's poorest state, represent the front line in a nationwide battle to improve the lives of women. They are helping to reduce domestic violence and improve education, while also working hard to maintain a maternal mortality rate of close to zero.
The Mid-Magdalena region of Colombia is one of the most macho parts of Latin America, a place where violence against women is a casual part of everyday life. But change is coming. One of the "change-makers" is Judge Esperanza Gonzalez, a woman in her late 40s who is seeking to bring justice for females both inside her courtroom and out.
A unique education campaign targeting the military, the police, and the general public in Rwanda is helping to prevent sexual violence against women.
In Friday prayers and community meetings, religious leaders are teaching Afghan men about the dangers of domestic violence and the importance of protecting the health of women and children.
Among indigenous people in remote parts of Ecuador, expectant mothers are often reluctant to give birth away from home, leading to possible complications during labor. But local hospitals are beginning to realize that a little cultural sensitivity can go a long way toward changing their minds.
In Iran there are different entrances and sections for men and women on public buses: women sit at the back, men at the front. Except on Farahnaz Shiri's bus. She's the first female bus driver in Tehran, and everything on her bus is vice-versa. She is the governor and the only lawmaker of her own little society. But what do her passenger's think?
Supported by the UN Development Programme, the Tianjin Women Business Incubator is helping unemployed workers set up in business, including one woman who has created a chain of 60 car wash stores.