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“‘Because you are a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.”

When Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from one of her friends asking how she could raise a daughter to be a feminist, she responded with a long Facebook post that is now the basis of her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.” As...

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Break the taboo and talk about domestic violence, says IWOC award winner

Malebogo Molefhe was a promising star on Botswana’s national basketball team until she was brutally assaulted by an ex-boyfriend. She survived being shot eight times, but because her injuries now require her to use a wheelchair, her hopes for a professional sports career ended. In its place, a new career...

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She was an outsider to wine culture. Now she’s a major contributor.

The first time South Africa’s champion winemaker Ntsiki Biyela tasted wine, she thought it was horrible. “Wine was not really part of my culture,” she said. Biyela grew up in a rural part of the country during apartheid when wine was more popular among the urban white population. Biyela had...

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U.S. Ambassadors Show Support for #Africa4Her

The 2016 #Africa4Her campaign saw a huge outpouring of support inside and outside the YALI Network. More than 20,000 Network members made pledges (thank you!), and 44 pledges were made by U.S. ambassadors to Africa. Among the highlights: Using the hashtags #30Jours30Femmes and #FiereDetreFemme, Embassy Bamako published a photo each...

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What will you do to help empower women?

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said gender equality is more than just a goal: “It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance.” In other words, when women lead, we all succeed. That is the theme of #Africa4Her. There are...

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