It's hard to learn to read when your country has been torn apart by war and disease. It's even harder when children's books come from far away. But Wayétu Moore, whose family fled Liberia's civil war when she was five, is setting out to change the odds for kids in Liberia and other countries with low literacy.
Merrill Garbus, who performs genre-defying music as tUnE-yArDs, has been shattering expectations about what kind of music women make.
Decades of conflict in northern Uganda ended up traumatizing thousands of girls. Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been taking them in and teaching them new skills: how to sew and make crafts to support their families. But beyond that, Sister Rosemary wants them to learn self-respect. In return, she says, she's learned from them how to forgive.
In Ghana, girls and young women from the rural countryside make up the largest group of people flooding into big cities looking for work, often to pay school fees. Most of them find work in the markets. But it's a rough life with few guarantees.