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Amina spends the majority of her time encouraging young women

Amina Boubé, 35, spends the majority of her time encouraging young women in Niger to rebel against social norms and to say no to forced marriage. Boubé, who works for the local NGO Lafia Matassa, has set herself the noble goal of empowering her female compatriots. She oversees training workshops organized in Niamey, the capital, and other areas of the country thanks to an initiative for teenagers financed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Here, in the agency’s offices in Gamkatté, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the capital, Amina holds a workshop that will train an armada of mentors. During a 10-day session, the women, ages 25 to 40, learn how to raise awareness among the most vulnerable sectors of teens about the benefits of family planning. They also hope to teach them to manage their own finances. Niger has the highest rate of child marriage in the world. More than 75 percent of women marry before age 18, and a third before age 15, a situation that Niger authorities seek to change by encouraging parents to send their daughters to school and by educating parents, children and religious leaders about the harmful effects of early marriage. Photo: © Stephan Gladieu / World Bank

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Taken on November 19, 2015