These women go above and beyond to help their community, parents, family and more. And today, we honour them for their great effort
1. Pili Hussein
She is Tanzania first female miner. In Tanzania, women aren’t allowed access to the mines. So, Hussein disguised herself as a man and went to work. Today, she owns a mining company that employs 70 people.
2. Aisha Bakari Gombi
Gombi is a Nigerian huntress who has turned her skills into hunting members of the Islamic extremist sect, Boko Haram.
3. Bernice Dapaah
Dapaah is a Ghanaian entrepreneur who grows and transforms bamboo into bicycles in her hometown of Kumasi. Her eco-friendly company hopes to reduce pollution and carbon footprint.
This is a roller skating group of women in Cairo, Egypt who are using the sport to challenge Egypt’s deeply held patriarchy and gender inequality.
5. Kiara Nirghin
Nirghin from South Africa invented a polymer that could solve her country’s drought problems. The polymer made from orange peels and avocado skins is capable of storing massive amounts of water enabling farmers to water their crops at minimal costs.
6. Theresa Kachindamoto
Kachindamoto is a Malawian chief who has broken up over 850 child marriages and is putting an end to sexual initiation of young girls, a practice which often leaves them traumatised and at risk of contracting STDs and HIV.
7. Mariam Ibrahim Yusuf
Yusuf is a Somali refugee who fled to the UK where she advocates for female asylum seekers even though she is homeless herself.
8. Egypt Ify Ufele
Ufele is a young Nigerian girl who was bullied for her weight and looks in the UK. Her response was to create a fashion line for plus sized people.
9. Dieynaba Sidibe
Sidibe is Senegal’s first female graffiti artist who is using her art to fight for gender equality.
10. Abzeita Djigma
Dijima is a Princess from Burkina Faso who runs a Solar company, AbzeSolar, which is bringing power to many rural areas in her country.