Interview and Photographs by Lisa Hornak, reporting from Lahore, Pakistan, August 12, 2015.

Mahnoor’s voice whispers along like a song as she speaks about education, family, marriage, and her goal of becoming a young author in Pakistan. Though she is soft-spoken, her strength is obvious. She is determined, intelligent, and brave. She may be seventeen, but she is an old soul. While her beliefs are rooted in tradition and strong family bonds, at heart she is a dreamer guided by her faith.

Mahnoor Ashar, 17, of Lahore, Pakistan.

I have three sisters, mashallah, and I love them dearly. I have really bonded with them. Rida was…


Disillusioned by traditional Western education, eighteen year old Danaé Richer made the world her classroom. She left her home in Montreal one year ago to travel the globe, carrying a backpack and nine thousand Canadian dollars she earned working at a tea shop. Her sights were set on India and restoring her vision of what a meaningful life can be when we consciously participate and follow our intuition.

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Interview and Photographs by Lisa Hornak, reporting from New Delhi, India, July 27, 2015.

The idea of going to India started when I was fifteen. I woke up one day and realized…

Speak to Me

Giving voice to women around the world by sharing their stories. Who they are, what they are doing and why they inspire. Interviews & Photographs by Lisa Hornak

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