The daughter of a Sierra Leone market woman, Zainab Hawa Bangura became known for documenting sexual violence against women and speaking out against the atrocities and corruption during that nation’s decade-long civil war.

She also became a target for assassination attempts, but in 1996 Sierra Leone held its first democratic election in 25 years, with its success partly attributed to Bangura’s work.

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