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The Lily: South African Non-Profit Builds Coalition of Women

Diepsloot, South Africa: Sitting in the offices of Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA), Thelma Mwale, 23, said that before she joined the organization’s Sexual Violence Workshop last spring, she did not understand much about abuse. “Before I used to judge people, like if a woman was being beaten up I was like ‘maybe she did something wrong,’” she said from Diepsloot, an area north of Johannesburg, South Africa. “I have a friend who has been abused for almost three years now [so] that is why I was so interested and I want to get her out of that abusive relationship.” Read more

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Teen Vogue: Promoting Education Through the Kakenya Center for Excellence

ENOOSAEN, KENYA: When Kakenya Ntaiya was 12 years old, her best friend of the same age got married. Kakenya knew that she — like most of the girls in her community in southwestern Kenya — faced the same future. She was already engaged to her neighbor’s son, and it was planned that they would marry after Kakenya had finished undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM). Read more

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NPR: Giving Power to Women in Ghana

HO, GHANA–Evelyn Sewodey, 25, used to sell fried yams in her village of Tanyigbe, a job that really wasn’t going anywhere. Two years ago she heard about a new free program that taught electrical and solar energy skills to disadvantaged young women (and a few men as well). Read more

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New York Times: A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenya’s Children’s Lives

NAIROBI, Kenya — As thick white smoke from a huge garbage dump billowed into the sky and the smell fell over the audience, the brass section took deep breaths, the woodwind players pursed their lips and the string performers gripped their bows. Brian Kepher, the 21-year-old conductor of the Ghetto Classics orchestra, lifted his baton, gave a slight nod and cued the teenagers to begin. Read more

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Wall Street Journal Expat: Last Minute Guide for American Overseas Voters

LONDON—Every four years, U.S. expats hear the same story: that this U.S. presidential election will be a tight one, and that it is crucial for registered voters to get out and vote—and for those who are not registered, to do so soon, because every vote counts. Read more