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Nice Nailantei Leng’ete

Nice Nailantei Leng'ete
(April 23, 2018 - Source: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

5 Things About Nice:

  1. Nice Nailantei Leng’ete ran away from home at the age of 8 to escape being cut in a female genital mutilation (FGM) ritual.

  2. She has made it her life's work to help thousands of other girls escape cutting and forced marriage, so they can stay in school and pursue their dreams.

  3. Despite judgement from others in her Maasai community (in Kilmana, Kenya) for breaking with the harmful tradition, she eventually became the first woman in her village to be given the Black Walking Stick, a great symbol of respect and power.

  4. Time Magazine has named Leng'ete one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2018.

  5. Leng’ete is also working to rid Africa of child marriage and FGM by 2030, introducing alternative rites of passage to her male-dominated Maasai community.

Watch her powerful TED Talk and hear her vision for redefining traditions:

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