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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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Left to right: Julie Wang, Lauren Yang, Samiha Rao; Andrea Jacob and Barbara Aranda hold up motivational posters at the sixth annual Girl Up Summit in Washington, D.C. Shuyao Chen/NPR hide caption

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Maria Carolina Silva Flor and Joselito Alves dos Santos with their 18-month-old daughter, Maria Gabriela Silva Alves. The baby was born with Zika syndrome. Amanda Klasing hide caption

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