Xoliswa Gila is a crane operator in South Africa. She's blazing new paths in the work place for other black South African women.
Janap Masoet outside her sister Niesa Bosch’s house in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap neighborhood.
These sisters were classified as "Coloured" under apartheid and forced to leave their old neighborhood. They found new lives for themselves showing tourists how to make traditional Cape Malay cuisine. But the legacy of apartheid still throws a shadow on their lives.
We've been thinking about all the powerful women who provide an example for all of us. Share with everyone who the powerful women in your lives are — and don't be afraid to branch out beyond your mom. Though it's okay to nominate her, too.
Nobom Ntsuntswana (right) supervises a sewing project at the skills training center where she works in Cape Town.
Apartheid left huge scars across South African society: forced migration and racial segregation laws tore many black families apart. Many of these wounds are still close to the surface for women — but so is determination and faith.
Cape Town singer Fancy Galada grew up quickly — taking care of her younger siblings when she was only 10. And at times it was terrifying. Now a mother herself, she sings to help herself heal from those early experiences.
Marie Conce Moreau with her son outside their home in Village la Difference. Moreau took a job at the nearby industrial park when her husband lost his job. They also make ends meet by donning the blue and red aprons to sell phone cards.
At Haiti's Village la Difference, residents enjoy amenities — and access to factory jobs — that few people in post-earthquake Haiti are able to get. But a group of women in the village are pushing for more better jobs, more self-sufficiency and a larger role for women in society.
A Haitian city, juxtaposed with a billboard featuring the Statue of Liberty
She survived Haiti's quake. Her neighbor did not. The blood and dust of that disaster bound together an American anthropologist and her neighbor's niece in ways they did not imagine.
The founding partners of Haiti's Myabèl restaurant
Massachusetts born Haitian-American attorney Regine Theodat came to Haiti in 2010 to help earthquake victims. She intended to stay for a few months. Five year later, she's become an entrepreneur, starting a fish farm in central Haiti and a cocktail restaurant in Croix-des-Bouquets.
"Deepali," who lives in Delhi with her parents, was twice committed to a mental institution against her will, even though her doctor said she didn't need that kind of treatment.
In India, mental health problems still carry a heavy stigma, and it's difficult to get adequate treatment. One woman, who was misdiagnosed, still suffers the consequences.
A woman prisoner waits for her release orders inside a jail in Karachi, Pakistan, July 13, 2006.
A women in Pakistan chose the man she loved instead of the man her family wanted her to marry. That's why she's in prison.

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