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December 2, 2016

African Women Climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Land Rights

A delegation of African women farmers climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro to demand their land rights. Upon their descent, they joined hundreds of women farmers from across Africa at a convention to present a charter of demands to representatives from the United Nations and the African Union. These women are some of the amazing local problem solvers that ActionAid works with around the world.

Gambia’s New President Ends 22-Year Dictatorship

The race is over, according to Gambia’s election officials following Thursday’s presidential vote. Opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated current President Yahya Jameh, who had been in office since coming to power in a coup 22 years ago. Jameh has been accused of human rights abuses.

Barrow’s victory is noted for its potential to bring about Gambia’s “first-ever peaceful transfer of power” since gaining independence in 1965.

Afghan Cyclist Breaks Gender Norms

Zahra loves biking. But in Afghanistan, where she lives, it’s more than just a hobby. Every time Zahra gets on her bike, she defies what society deems is appropriate for women to do. As she pursues her passion, the 23-year-old hopes to reduce the stigma associated with female bikers.