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Deputy sergeant Mauwa Saleh is the coordinator of the seven Gender and Children desks in Zanzibar. These desks are staffed by police officers who have received training on how to interview victims and investigate reports of gender-based violence. Rebecca Grant for NPR hide caption

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Maria Toorpakai, a top squash player from Pakistan, is the star of a PBS documentary airing on July 23. Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images hide caption

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A Nigerian sex worker in Italy waits for clients. Antonio Calanni/AP hide caption

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Italian Cops Try To Stop A Sex Trafficking Gang Called Black Axe

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Extreme lack of attention is not unusual in hospitals in poor countries, says Martin Onyango, legal advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights based in Nairobi. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters hide caption

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Ya Kaka, left, and Hauwa, right, who were captured by Boko Haram in 2014, pose with Statue of Liberty impersonators in Times Square. Stephanie Sinclair /Too Young to Wed hide caption

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Durga, now 22, was married in her northern Indian village at the age of 15. Her father forced her into the marriage. But he had a change of heart right after the wedding and refused to send her to her husband. After much careful diplomacy, he managed to dissolve the union. Swati Vashishtha for NPR hide caption

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Agnes Igoye celebrates her birthday on International Women's Day. Above, Igoye, an anti-trafficking activist in Uganda, attends the 2016 DVF (Diane von Furstenberg) Awards in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images hide caption

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From left, Zainabu Hamayaji, who pretended to be mad to keep her children from being abducted by Boko Haram; Malebogo Malefhe, a winner of the 2017 International Women of Courage award; Eqbal Dauqan, a scientist from Yemen who could no longer work because of the conflict but then found a way to continue her career as a refugee. Ofeibea Quist-Arcton/NPR, Ryan Eskalis/NPR, Sanjit Das for NPR hide caption

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Centenarian Man Kaur of India celebrates after competing in the 100-meter sprint in the 100+ age category at an international event in Auckland on April 24, 2017. Michael Bradley /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parvana runs through a street market in the trailer for "The Breadwinner". Movieclips Film Festivals & Indie Films/Screenshot by NPR (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p64O8KAHHaQ) hide caption

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Leena Khandwala, 44, at her family home in Karachi, Pakistan. After members of her religious community in the U.S. and Australia were arrested for performing female genital mutilation, she decided to go public about her childhood experience of being cut. Diaa Hadid/NPR hide caption

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