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100 People: New York City

The 100 People Foundation has been asking students around the world to introduce us to their local communities, so we decided to introduce our part of the world: New York City. Below you will meet 100 people from the 5 boroughs of New York City that statistically represent the entire world population by nationality, age and gender.

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Afghanistan

Mashal Hamidi, 21

Student

Mashal is growing up in America, but has chosen to follow the tradition of arranged marriages, believing that she can focus on her studies, while her parents can help her find men who would suitable for her to consider.

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Dating and marriage practices

Algeria

Jalila Menasseri-Ronchini, 38

Actress/Teacher

Jalila felt out of place as a young woman from a mixed culture family in Algeria. She is embracing her freedom in the US to try all sorts of new things and overcome health complications in order to start a family.

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The challenges of being a woman

Argentina

Juan Jose Heredia, 26

Surfer

Surfing and art keep Juan feeling alive and peaceful here in the US, but he also feels at home with his huge extended family in beautiful Argentina.

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Argentinian culture, surfing and art

Bangladesh

Naznin Seamon, 34

Poet/Teacher

Naznin was raised Muslim, but now identifies “humanity” as her religion. She uses poetry and teaching to spread her message that everyone should find the goodness in the world and seek information about other cultures.

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Humanity as a religion

Bangladesh

Enamul Kabir, 13

Student

Enamul attends an all Muslim school that separates the girls and the boys during the school day. He and his friends are trying to bridge cultural gaps between Bangladesh and the US.

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An all Muslim school in New York City

Brazil

Ana Cordiero, 34

Bookmaker

The longevity of a book is dictated by it’s binding. For Ana, taking the time to hand-design a sustainable home for those pages is a slow, but rewarding process that allows her to combine her love for stories and the environment.

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Work as a bookmaker

Brazil

Icaro Lima, 13


Brazil

Jonathas Lanna Valle Filho, 27

Architect


Burma

Thet Hsuu Mon, 29

Accountant


Canada

Brigitte Altenhaus, 43

Figure Skater


China

Sidney Wai ping Ng, 45

Dressmaker

Dressmaking is Sidney’s way of uniting Eastern and Western cultures. When her boss came to her and asked if she wanted to start a business with him, she recognized the unique opportunity that was in front of her.

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Joining Eastern and Western cultures with a clothing business

China

Qi Wang, 30

Economist

Qi is the only child in her family as she was born during a time when China strongly enforced the one-child policy. Her family pushed her to achieve her dreams and make their family proud, but she now feels responsibility to return home, give back to her country and care for her mother.

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One child policy in China

China

Kira Dalpho-Zay, 11

Student

From being left on the doorstep of a hospital at only one year of age to living in NYC with her family and sister, Kira is happy to deal with the ups and downs of having a sibling.

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The perks of having a sister

China

Gemma Dalpho-Zay, 13

Student

Both, Gemma and her sister, Kira, were adopted from China and are happy to share a strong focus on education and working for the future.

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Sisters, adoption and education

China

Vera Huayan Lai- Buonora, 35

Red Silk Dancer

Coming from a family where binding women’s feet was common practice, Vera is the first generation in her family to take another path. Her grandmother was unable to walk in the later years of her life, but Vera celebrates her freedom with dance.

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Confidence, dance and Chinese women

China

Amy Kit Ming Mak, 54

Funeral Director


China

Baby Yam, Baby Boy


China

Chen Zhuo Ming, 66

Opera Performer


China

Dr. Decheng Chen, 45

Acupuncturist


China

He Zihong, 40

Tai Chi Student


China

Jenny Yang, 22

Student


China

Qing Wu Zhang, 36

Noodle Maker


China

Shi Xiu Jue, 40

Buddhist Monk


China

Yao Xu Dong, 43

Construction Worker


China

Yin Yuan Gu, 86


China

Yu Heng Li, 12

Student


China

Jin Xiao Zhong, 21


China

Lin Mao, 12

Dancer


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Colombia

Jhon Tamayo, 41

Yoga Master

At the age of 13, Jhon left his home county of Colombia in search of a life that his family would not provide. After hitchhiking across South America and spending time living on the streets he found peace in yoga.

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Yoga as healing

Congo

Amini Kajunju, 37

Businesswoman

Between her struggles and experiences in Liberia, Congo and America, Amini was taught the importance of making a contribution. Now, her contribution is empowering entrepreneurs around the world.

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Entrepreneurs in America and Congo
The war in Liberia

Egypt

Mona Eltahawy, 41

Journalist/Feminist

Mona participated in the controversial, first, public, mixed-gender Islamic prayer and prayed without her head scarf. She is devoted to challenging the way people think about Muslim culture.

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Challenging perceptions about Muslims

Ethiopia

Apufia Si Beko, 40

Market Vendor


France

Denise Rapoport, 99

Language Teacher


Germany

Casper Stracke, 41

Visual Artist

As a child, Casper’s frequent travels and love for science-fiction influenced his view of the world. He now realizes his knack for spacial observation by creating art that parallels cultural differences.

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Visual art and observation

Ghana

Rose Ivey Quarshie, 52

Finance worker


India

Surajit Sen Gupta (Roger), 50

Entrepreneur

For Roger, education started at a young age when his grandfather taught him the alphabet. Due to the few resources for education that were available, he also learned an interesting way of counting with his hands that unites the mind and body.

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Education in India

India

Smith Massey, 14

Smith sees a future of peace where everyone respects each other. He and his friends are facilitating this with diverse, friendly matches of cricket.

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Live peacefully

India

Satwant K. Dhamoon, 79

Fertility Doctor

Satwant came from a big family and anticipated the same for herself and her husband, but learned that she was unable to have children of her own. She works as a fertility doctor to give the joy of having children to others.

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Fertility doctor giving back to people in need

India

Sangeetha Madavan, 14

Dancer/Student

Sangeetha dances to tell stories about history and to keep her culture alive even while living in a different place.

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Dance for expression and stress relief

India

Sadhana Paranji, 40

Dancer/Teacher

Sadhana’s father gave her this profound name that continues to guide her life. Dance is a way for her follow her purpose and pass culture along to future generations.

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The art of perfection

India

Rene Lobo, 38

TV Producer/Reporter

Rene grew up in traditional North India where a Hindu ritual is practiced that encourages strict fasting for married women. Rene’s family was not so traditional in that sense and she felt free to find her own type of spirituality.

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North Indian marriage rituals

India

Rajinder S. Dhamoon, 78

Computer Engineer

Rajinder was shocked when his family lost everything during the struggles between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. After moving out of India to find safety, he noticed that he experiences less discrimination in the US than he did during that time in his home country.

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Division of India, Bangladesh and Pakistan driven by religion

India

Partha Banerjee, 53

In India, Partha attended a missionary school run by the Scottish church where he found it fun to be exposed to different religions and cultures in the cultural capital of India. That experience came in handy when he needed the courage to continue his education in America.

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The cultural capital of India

India

Minu Paramanik and Shankar Paramanik,

Pure love for cooking drives the passion behind Minu and Shankar’s restaurants in the US and India. They would like nothing more than to be able to share delicious food with others 24 hours a day.

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Cooks and restaurants owners

India

Jasleen Singh, 10

Student

Wearing a turban in school has not always been easy for Jasleen and his friends. They are figuring out the balance between respecting their religion and gaining acceptance and understanding from other students.

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Wearing a turban in school

India

Dhurva Ganesan, 30

DJ

The more he sees the power of connection through music, Dhurva moves closer to taking the leap and making music his full-time focus to bring people of all different backgrounds together.

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Bringing people together through music

India

Dr. Autar Singh Tinna, 48

Dentist/Runner

Being a Sikh in America keeps Autar proud to share what it is like to follow the discipline and routine he practices, which he has channeled into 17 years of running marathons.

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Sikhs in America

India

Dr. Uma Mysorekar, 64

Hinduism taught Uma to have faith and to respect everyone. As a women physician in New York she uses her religion to guide her through challenges in her practice delivering babies.

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Hinduism, serving the community and women physicians

India

Vachitar Singh, 14

Student

For Vachitar, friendship is beyond any religious or cultural differences. Respecting those differences keeps things interesting.

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Friends accepting different religions

India

Mukti Banerjee, 52


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K. Pricor, 12


Indonesia

Hamza Muhammad Sukmawijaya, 10

Student

When Hamza grows up, he wants to follow in his father’s footsteps and use his ability to speak three languages and excel in mathematics to become a banker. When it comes down to it, he would also like to be a fireman.

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Mathematics

Indonesia

Dini Sukmawijaya, 42

Dini and her husband both came from large, traditional families in Indonesia. Although she only has two children of her own, she is passing down the value of sharing and working together to her family.

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Families in Indonesian culture

Indonesia

Ubud Delva, 43

Silverworksman

In Bali, there is a caste system that ensures people know what level of society they belong too. Many people share the same names because even their names indicate what caste they are from and what number child they are in their family.

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Bali caste system and naming practices

Indonesia

Zahra Sumaya Sukmawijaya, 2

With the help of her older brother, Zahra is starting to learn things like manners and songs.

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The little sister

Iran

Khalil Azarani, 55

Computer Technician

Khalil’s mother and brother were taken to the secret police in Iran to be warned about his behavior and his group of friends. The revolution in Iran helped to end those years of terrible repression and fear.

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Social and political tensions in Iran

Iraq

Salam Al-Rawi, 52

Restauranteur/Activist

Salam found himself anxious with high hopes going back to Baghdad after a 25 year absence. Things were not at all as he expected.

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Baghdad before and after the start of war

Italy

Teodosia Cangemi, 68

Homemaker

Family time around the dinner table is an Italian tradition. Teodosia loves providing this experience for her family, but she does not allow too much help in the kitchen.

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Raising a large Italian family

Japan

Ryo Murakami, 29

Cinematographer

Ryo never imagined himself getting married, but he proposed to his girlfriend only two months after they started dating. On his wedding day he describes the feeling of commitment and following what he believes in.

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Trusting instinct in careers and love

Japan

Takayo Noda, 74

Artist

Takayo’s parents were very busy when she was little so she spent a lot of time exploring nature with her grandmother. She finds her creativity as multi-talented artist stemming from those experiences.

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Find your own inspiration
Bringing flavor to a subway station

Kenya

Kimathi Jeffrey, 31

Designer

The vibrance, family and culture of Kimathi’s hometown, Nairobi, Kenya, continue to inspire his design work. From hand-making soccer balls with found materials as a child to designing in NYC the spirit of his community in Africa opens him to the world.

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The joy of growing up in Africa

Malaysia

Christopher Ong, 42

Designer

Strongly influenced by his father and grandmother, Christopher left his background in business to pursue a design career where he could experiment with his love for color.

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Inspiration for interior design

Mexico

Karla Quinones, 37

Activist

As an immigrant herself, Karla is fighting for the rights of others to end oppression and promote a safe community where her child can thrive.

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Fighting for the rights of immigrants

Mexico

Julian Zugazagoitia, 40

Director of El Museo del Barrio

When looking at art, Julian prefers to have an intellectual approach. As the director of a museum he is able to fill that intellectual desire and cultivate art that shares his Latino culture.

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How to appreciate Latino culture and art

Morocco

Zineb Atouani, 29

Store Owner

As a young girl in Morocco, Zineb did not have the freedom to do things that she wanted to do such as take dance lessons or ride horses. Now, she has an education and owns a store that imports work from Moroccan artisans.

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Store owners helping artisans

Nepal

Luna Ranjit, 31

Activist


Nigeria

Ray Oladapo Johnson, 39

Horticulturist

Ray grew up wanting to fly planes like his father until stumbling upon an old man in a beautiful garden changed his path. He was fascinated by the world he found in that remote garden and now works in horticulture at zoos and mentors his staff and children about the importance of nature.

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Nature inspiring a career in horticulture

Nigeria

Peace Titilawo, 14

Student

Peace enjoys working in her family’s garden to reconnect with her faint memories of farming in Nigeria and to give back to the community.

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Gardening to benefit local communities

North Korea

Won Bin Chung, 86

Retiree


Pakistan

Muhammed Hussain, 14

Contrary to the tension between people in Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, Muhammed and his friends are peacefully uniting students from those different cultures living in the United States.

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Uniting people from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India

Pakistan

Usman Sheikh, 25

Finance worker

Usman grew up in Pakistan in a family that highly valued education and religion. Despite learning from Islam that you should not charge interest, he now has a career in finance.

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Influence of religion and education in Pakistan

Peru

Danny Falla, 31

Skater

Danny started skate-boarding to emulate his big brother. After years of skating as a hobby, he caught the eye of some sponsors and is now working to travel and skate full-time.

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Life as a sponsored skateboarder

Phillipines

Eugene A. Canapi, Sr.

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Poland

Bogdan Kubisevski, 54

Bogdan hopes to help future generations by preserving the memories of the past in the cemetery.

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Cemetery repairs

Russia

Nina Shvets, 40

Artist

Nina’s young naivety allowed her to have a happy childhood as a Jewish child in communist Russia. She began to understand the controlling government when she noticed differences in two copies of the same book, one from Russia and one from Italy.

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Struggles of Jewish families in Russia
Life revolving around communism

Russia

Nesya Gavryushenko, 72

Retiree

Nesya and her husband found each other after they both lost their first spouses. They feel as if they saved each other and are proof that life goes on and there is happiness in being together.

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Life continues, everything keeps moving

Saudi Arabia

Sarah Zaini, 23

Student

Moving from Saudi Arabia to America forced Sarah to adjust to doing things independently. She is finding ways to maintain her own culture but celebrate the diversity of her new home in New York City.

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Transition from Saudi Arabia to America
How to understand arranged marriage
Daily practice of Islam

South Africa

Weedaad Titus O’Rourke, 35

Teacher

After growing up during apartheid in South Africa, Weedaad and her generation found such hope from Nelson Mandela being released in 1993. She was finally able to aspire for more in life.

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Apartheid in South Africa

South Korea

Tae Sik Chung, 49

Fish Market Store Owner

Tae simply loves fish. His daily routine may start as early as 4:00 AM when he gets to the fish market.

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Running a fish market

Spain

Maria del Puy Navarro Amador, 35

Flamenco Dancer

Despite the negative connotation of flamenco dancing in Spain, Maria continues to dance the flamenco and follow her passion for theater here in the US.

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Dreams of a flamenco dancer

Sudan

Adeeb Yousif, 40

Human Rights Activist

Adeeb escaped the unimaginable horrors of Sudan, yet returns to help the internal displaced persons spread awareness and end the genocide.

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Situation and genocide in Darfur

Taiwan

Katherine Kuo, 28

Designer

Katherine incorporates unique objects into her design work and was inspired when the beauty of her grandmother’s extravagant, traditional funeral reminded her of the importance of staying connected to her Taiwanese roots.

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Traditions in Taiwanese funerals

Tanzania

Justa Lujwangana, 19

Student

Justa found herself missing Africa when she moved to America and left the traditions and beauty of her country. She brought with her the lessons from traditional songs she learned as a child and is always reminded to make the most of the environment she is in.

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Transitioning from Africa to America

Thailand

Sirilak Bhanichavit,

Rather than staying in Thailand helping her country, Sirilak ended up in some dangerous situations working for the United Nations to help others and serve many more countries.

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United Nations and sacrificing to help others

Tibet

Samten Dakpa , 40


Turkey

Erkut Toygan, 32

Metro North Engineer

During a civil war in Turkey in the late 70s, Erkut’s mother left him behind to fight against injustice and evade arrest. Years later, he is finding happiness in his role as an NYC train engineer, rekindling his relationship with his mother and occasionally holding the train for people in a hurry.

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Train engineer responsibilities
Learning to forgive

Uganda

Milton Allimadi, 40

CEO of BlackStar News

After trying to start a fight with a mirror when he saw his own reflection for the first time, Milton has spent years learning from his experiences from living in Uganda, Tanzania and the US and defending fair portrayal of other cultures in the media.

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Growing up in three different countries

Ukraine

Andriy Milavsky, 46

Musician/Teacher

Andriy’s mother died in the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. With nothing left to hold him to Ukraine, he came to America to follow his dreams and speak the universal language of music.

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Music and sharing emotion

United Kingdom

Mark Buchan, 42

Professor

Education was a critical part of Mark’s childhood, particularly after his family moved from Scotland and England. Despite their lack of formal education, his parents encouraged him achieve an intellectual level far above their own so that he could flourish.

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How I became a professor

USA

Glenn Angel Echevarria, 40

Glenn uses his previous hardships to power his endeavors. Whether it be in his painting or music he incorporates the emotion of his struggles, memory of his grandmother and strength of his community into his work.

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Making an impact with art and music

USA

David H. Wells, 47

Technology Venture Capitalist

David’s belief in chemistry, physics, and quantum mechanics fuels his research. He is dedicated to finding technology that will use abundant resources to provide energy to everyone across the planet.

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Developing infrastructure for use of natural energy

USA

Deborah Kirk Solbert, 86

Retired Navy Nurse

At a time when the US was under attack, Deborah joined other brave women as part of the first Navy unit for women. Under her title of “enlisted man” she dappled in jobs from radio operator to Navy nurse.

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Women in the US Navy in the 1940s

USA

Daniel Rouleau, 34

Sax Musician

When it came time to choose a career, Daniel took the support of his family in Venezuela and moved to America to pursue his dream of creating the music he loves.

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Career playing saxophone

USA

Adriana Young, 30

Parkour/Grant Writer

While living in the rigid structure of New York City, Adriana practices parkour to see the city from a new perspective.

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City navigation with parkour

USA

Tiokasin Ghosthorse, 53

Radio Host

In the Lakota language there is no word for “I” or “me.” Tiokasin and his tribe’s teachings of strength and selflessness include a variety of traditions celebrating the link between man and nature.

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Lakota traditions

Uzbekistan

Tamilla Kurbanova, 24

Finance Worker


Vietnam

Nguyet Nguyen, 65

Retiree


Yemen

Amal Hageb, 36

Graduate Student

Growing up in a time when most Yemeni women were not going to school, Amal’s family was one of the few encouraging the girls to value education and diversity.

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Education and women who lead quietly