University of Cape Town students.
College students in South Africa today grew up after apartheid but they still wrestle with big questions about equality. Here they describe the challenges they face even as the country embarks on a more hopeful future.
The Mraqisa family (L to R): father Lindela, son Bukho, daughter Ongeziwe and mother Nosicelo outside their home in Gugulethu Township.
At Sonke Gender Justice, men are trying to fight gender violence by working with families, and other men, to change the culture that allows it to happen.
Nigerian pastor Esther Ibanga joined with Muslim leaders in the city of Jos to call for the return of Chibok girls who were kidnapped by the extremist group Boko Haram.
Muslim and Christian women in central Nigeria are banding together to confront violent extremism — in a bid to return safety and security to their communities.
Trader Nono Dawane greets customers at her shop selling cigarettes and cold drinks, in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township.
Author Katherine Newman says there are huge parallels between the legacy of apartheid and that of racial segregation in post-Civil War America. And she says young South Africans still believe in democracy, but corruption and inequality are tarnishing hopes for continued change.
Sheryl Ozinsky, one of the founders of the Oranjezicht City Farm in Cape Town, selling produce at the Saturday market.
When Sheryl Ozinsky was attacked at gunpoint in her own home in a rich neighborhood in Cape Town, her whole life changed. Today, she's running a farm and market day to help people come out of their locked homes and build their community.
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.

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