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The heroic women of Nigeria are standing up to Boko Haram
The heroic women of Nigeria are standing up to Boko Haram

Weeks after the abduction of more than 300 Nigerian schoolgirls taken in a case of mass sex trafficking, the global media finally took note of the crime. Why the shift? Because of the bravery of Nigerian women, who took to the streets to demand that the world pay attention. African women tend to be portrayed as victims — the raped, the suffering, the poor mothers of the poor girls. But across Africa, women are ending conflicts, reshaping governments and bringing attention to crucial issues. In this story, as in many others, they are the heroes. Days after their daughters were taken, when it was clear the military would do nothing, the local women and men of Chibok, Borno state,...

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