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Ghana’s market women were once so powerful they were targeted by the military


More than 90 percent of Ghanains shop at the West African nation’s many open-air women. And that means, in most cases, buying from women, who dominate the trading business. But that power came at a price a generation ago, when the market women were blamed for an economic crisis and their livelihoods destoyed.

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In Kenya’s version of ‘The Biggest Loser,’ contestants win for healthy living, not just dropping pounds

A yoga class for girls and young mothers in the slum of Kariobangi.  Mothers bring their kids to class.

‘When we were doing yoga, they forgot their differences’

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Meet the Maasai women of Laikipia, in photos

A worker arranges a copy of the Business Daily newspaper at a printing press plant on the outskirts of Nairobi.

What to do when the airwaves and papers tell these women they’re inferior — or worse?


She’s one of the only women to pilot a ‘matatu,’ the minibus taxis that keep Nairobi moving


The matatu is ubiquitous in Nairobi: the minibus taxis take men and women all over the city to work and back. But behind the wheel there haven’t been many women. Margaret Wairimu is one exception.

Three women in hijab wait as a boy swims in the ocean in front of the Casa Nemo Beach Resort and Spa of Pulau Weh island, Indonesia.

Her resort is a refuge from more than just stress


Casa Nemo Beach Resort and Spa sits on the island of Pulau Weh in Aceh, Indonesia. While the rest of Aceh has its own version of Sharia law, restricting the behavior of women and gay men, things are a little freer at Casa Nemo. The resort’s owner says she wants it to be a refuge, but she’s not sure how long it will be able to survive as one.


This bank hired its first female employee, and now women line up to open accounts


Sreeja Singh Berwal wound up in conservative northern India through an arranged marriage. Her education and job skills landed her a job at a bank, and now women are flocking to open accounts with her. But she remains the bank’s only female employee.