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“Many people in the community know me to be hard working woman, I work a lot. My husband and I have seven children. He has eye problems so he can’t do physical work. All of the burden rests on me. At the age of 15, life wasn’t easy for me, I was forced to become an adult. I began a hard struggle. I started to haul cassava and harvest crops for people just to go back to school. Sometimes, when I went back to school, I got pregnant and I dropped out. After I gave birth to that child, I went back again. I did that for six children! And from the 7th grade to today, after a hard struggle, I find myself in the 12th grade.” - Jumama C. Varmah⠀ ⠀ Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia. She has overcome many hurdles to make it to the 12th grade. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least- the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she managed to access both. Through hard work in the fields she has been able to feed her family, send her children to school, and re-enroll herself after each setback. Now, she is working towards fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia
“After our fourth child, my husband left me for another woman. I could not just sit, doing nothing. Otherwise, who would feed my family?”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah cares for her pigs close to her home. In addition to keeping pigs, she works in rice production and is president of the Koulé Women’s Group, a group of women representing several ethnic groups in the forest region of Guinea in Africa, who perform community building and rice production. ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
“Peace does not have a price, but there’s always a cost. We had equipment but everything was destroyed. We had to start from scratch and now we’re behind. Without peace, we cannot work.”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette KebeLamah, president of the women's group in Koule, Guinea, works with people in the community on all aspects of rice production and packaging for sale; farming, sterilizing, drying, sifting and bagging. Before the conflict they had several rice bagging machines, now they must rely on only one.⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
Zilaha in a sewing class. Not just any sewing class, one that protects young women and girls from early marriage and gender-based violence.⠀ ⠀ “The girls that we work with include victims of violence, some were abducted, some are domestic workers, others are beggars. There are also divorcees, who left their husbands as young girls. If they are able to earn some money they can improve their lives. So we teach them a trade.”⠀-Safia Ibrahim ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger. Learning how to sew and design garments are skills that young women can use to avoid early marriage and help support themselves and their families.⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
"When it’s time to register my children in school, I go to where I planted and I harvest crops and sell them to buy their uniforms.” - Jumama C. Varmah Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia, where she and her children farm on the weekends when they aren’t in school. The Liberian government routinely concedes large areas of fertile land to multinational agribusiness corporations. This limits the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, especially women who already struggle to access land. Jumama farms on the edge of one such concession, a right that could be stripped from her at any time. Jumama has overcome many hurdles to finish school and support her family. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she has managed to access both. Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ Zilaha in a sewing class. Not just any sewing class, one that protects young women and girls from early marriage and gender-based violence.⠀ ⠀ “The girls that we work with include victims of violence, some were abducted, some are domestic workers, others are beggars. There are also divorcees, who left their husbands as young girls. If they are able to earn some money they can improve their lives. So we teach them a trade.”⠀-Safia Ibrahim ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger. Learning how to sew and design garments are skills that young women can use to avoid early marriage and help support themselves and their families.⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
“When a girl gets married and goes to live with her husband, many problems can arise. You must protect yourself and pray to God that he will protect you. If you have problems, ask us. We can help you and your family too. Because here in Zinder, it’s difficult to find information.”⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger.⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16 years old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
“I put everyone on equal footing. I don’t favor Guerzes because I am Guerze. I don’t favour Malinkes or Peuhls. I am a woman.“⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah, president of the women's group in Koulé, Guinea, during a beautification project in the town square. ⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace.⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “Peace does not have a price, but there’s always a cost. We had equipment but everything was destroyed. We had to start from scratch and now we’re behind. Without peace, we cannot work.”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette KebeLamah, president of the women's group in Koule, Guinea, works with people in the community on all aspects of rice production and packaging for sale; farming, sterilizing, drying, sifting and bagging. Before the conflict they had several rice bagging machines, now they must rely on only one.⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
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#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ "When it’s time to register my children in school, I go to where I planted and I harvest crops and sell them to buy their uniforms.” - Jumama C. Varmah Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia, where she and her children farm on the weekends when they aren’t in school. The Liberian government routinely concedes large areas of fertile land to multinational agribusiness corporations. This limits the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, especially women who already struggle to access land. Jumama farms on the edge of one such concession, a right that could be stripped from her at any time. Jumama has overcome many hurdles to finish school and support her family. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she has managed to access both. Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia
"When it’s time to register my children in school, I go to where I planted and I harvest crops and sell them to buy their uniforms.” - Jumama C. Varmah Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia, where she and her children farm on the weekends when they aren’t in school. The Liberian government routinely concedes large areas of fertile land to multinational agribusiness corporations. This limits the livelihoods of small-scale farmers, especially women who already struggle to access land. Jumama farms on the edge of one such concession, a right that could be stripped from her at any time. Jumama has overcome many hurdles to finish school and support her family. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she has managed to access both. Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia
“Many people in the community know me to be hard working woman, I work a lot. My husband and I have seven children. He has eye problems so he can’t do physical work. All of the burden rests on me. At the age of 15, life wasn’t easy for me, I was forced to become an adult. I began a hard struggle. I started to haul cassava and harvest crops for people just to go back to school. Sometimes, when I went back to school, I got pregnant and I dropped out. After I gave birth to that child, I went back again. I did that for six children! And from the 7th grade to today, after a hard struggle, I find myself in the 12th grade.” - Jumama C. Varmah⠀ ⠀ Jumama lives in Goernodean, Liberia. She has overcome many hurdles to make it to the 12th grade. Hurdles that include; two civil wars, seven pregnancies, an Ebola outbreak, poverty, and not least- the fact that girls have a harder time accessing education in Liberia, a country where males are given priority in access to education and to farmland. Still, she managed to access both. Through hard work in the fields she has been able to feed her family, send her children to school, and re-enroll herself after each setback. Now, she is working towards fulfilling her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #westafrica #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #liberia
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ Zilaha in a sewing class. Not just any sewing class, one that protects young women and girls from early marriage and gender-based violence.⠀ ⠀ “The girls that we work with include victims of violence, some were abducted, some are domestic workers, others are beggars. There are also divorcees, who left their husbands as young girls. If they are able to earn some money they can improve their lives. So we teach them a trade.”⠀-Safia Ibrahim ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger. Learning how to sew and design garments are skills that young women can use to avoid early marriage and help support themselves and their families.⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
Zilaha in a sewing class. Not just any sewing class, one that protects young women and girls from early marriage and gender-based violence.⠀ ⠀ “The girls that we work with include victims of violence, some were abducted, some are domestic workers, others are beggars. There are also divorcees, who left their husbands as young girls. If they are able to earn some money they can improve their lives. So we teach them a trade.”⠀-Safia Ibrahim ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger. Learning how to sew and design garments are skills that young women can use to avoid early marriage and help support themselves and their families.⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “When a girl gets married and goes to live with her husband, many problems can arise. You must protect yourself and pray to God that he will protect you. If you have problems, ask us. We can help you and your family too. Because here in Zinder, it’s difficult to find information.”⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger.⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16-years-old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
“When a girl gets married and goes to live with her husband, many problems can arise. You must protect yourself and pray to God that he will protect you. If you have problems, ask us. We can help you and your family too. Because here in Zinder, it’s difficult to find information.”⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim teaches young women sewing skills, and gives lessons on marriage and women’s health issues in Zinder, Niger.⠀ ⠀ Safia Ibrahim was 16 years old when she was forced to marry her brother-in-law. Her parents had insisted on the marriage when her older sister died, leaving two young children to care for. She eventually succeeded in divorcing him but was left to care for herself and the children on her own. Driven to help other women like herself, she began working with vulnerable girls in Zinder who, like her, had little or no formal education to teach them skills and other knowledge needed to support and advocate for themselves.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #niger #westafrica #forcedmarriage #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights #endchildmarriage
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “Peace does not have a price, but there’s always a cost. We had equipment but everything was destroyed. We had to start from scratch and now we’re behind. Without peace, we cannot work.”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette KebeLamah, president of the women's group in Koule, Guinea, works with people in the community on all aspects of rice production and packaging for sale; farming, sterilizing, drying, sifting and bagging. Before the conflict they had several rice bagging machines, now they must rely on only one.⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
“Peace does not have a price, but there’s always a cost. We had equipment but everything was destroyed. We had to start from scratch and now we’re behind. Without peace, we cannot work.”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette KebeLamah, president of the women's group in Koule, Guinea, works with people in the community on all aspects of rice production and packaging for sale; farming, sterilizing, drying, sifting and bagging. Before the conflict they had several rice bagging machines, now they must rely on only one.⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “After our fourth child, my husband left me for another woman. I could not just sit, doing nothing. Otherwise, who would feed my family?”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah cares for her pigs close to her home. In addition to keeping pigs, she works in rice production and is president of the Koulé Women’s Group, a group of women representing several ethnic groups in the forest region of Guinea in Africa, who perform community building and rice production. ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
#Repost @opensocietyfoundations (@get_repost) ・・・ “I put everyone on equal footing. I don’t favor Guerzes because I am Guerze. I don’t favour Malinkes or Peuhls. I am a woman.“⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah, president of the women's group in Koulé, Guinea, during a beautification project in the town square. ⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace.⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
“After our fourth child, my husband left me for another woman. I could not just sit, doing nothing. Otherwise, who would feed my family?”⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah cares for her pigs close to her home. In addition to keeping pigs, she works in rice production and is president of the Koulé Women’s Group, a group of women representing several ethnic groups in the forest region of Guinea in Africa, who perform community building and rice production. ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production and agriculture destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace. ⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation. ⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa ⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
“I put everyone on equal footing. I don’t favor Guerzes because I am Guerze. I don’t favour Malinkes or Peuhls. I am a woman.“⠀ ⠀ Jeannette Kebe Lamah, president of the women's group in Koulé, Guinea, during a beautification project in the town square. ⠀ ⠀ In 2013, violent conflict broke out in Koulé, Guinea, between the Guerzé and Malinke ethnicities. An isolated assault set off tensions between the two groups that would leave roughly 60 dead and 80 injured, and much of their equipment for rice production destroyed. Ever since, Jeannette and the Koulé Women’s Group have been working to reconcile the groups and assure continued peace.⠀ ⠀ Jeannette knew that if she could get the women past the social barriers keeping them apart, the men and youth would follow. She helped bring peace back to Guinea’s forest region and now she helps to maintain it through activities that generate revenue for the community and foster cooperation.⠀ ⠀ Photos by Sylvain Cherkaoui @sylavin for the Open Society Initiative for West Africa⠀ ⠀ #opensociety #extraordinarywomen #osiwa #guinea #westafrica #womenwork #fosterpeace #photovillenyc #herrightsourbusiness #womensrights
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