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Story Publication logo October 17, 2019

Around the World, Women Are Taking Charge of Their Future

Science Leader, Kenya: CEO, conservationist, advocate: Paula Kahumbu runs the Kenyan conservation group WildlifeDirect. Kahumbu describes to city teenagers visiting Nairobi National Park the interplay between species: how ants help a native acacia tree defend itself against herbivores such as giraffes and rhinos. Image by Lynn Johnson. Kenya, 2019.

In spite of gender and economic disparity, women are often the innovators and change makers that...


Theresa Kachindamoto remembers the first child marriage she ended, just days after she became the first female paramount chief of her southern Ngoni people in Malawi. In Dedza district, southeast of the capital, Lilongwe, she'd walked past a group of girls and boys playing soccer, a common sight, but then one of the girls stepped away from the game to breastfeed a baby.

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Three women grouped together: an elderly woman smiling, a transwoman with her arms folded, and a woman holding her headscarf with a baby strapped to her back.


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