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Alice Nkom: Fighting for the rights of homosexuals

In Cameroun, homosexuals are persecuted, discriminated against and incarcerated. Legal attorney Alice Nkom has founded a non-governmental organization that campaigns for the rights of this victimized minority, with the goal of putting an end to what she calls "anti-homosexual apartheid".

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Revolution in the fields

Nearly a third of all humanity is undernourished. Monkombu Swaminathan is fighting to change that. He cultivates nutrient-rich plants with the aim of not only feeding the Indian population, but also improving their health.

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Riot – but different

We know them for their gaudy facemasks, their miniskirts, their blaring guitars and their screamed vocals: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. On 21 February 2012, these two women suddenly attained world renown. As activists from the feminist punk band "Pussy Riot", they demonstrated against Russia's President Vladimir Putin with their "Punk Prayer" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The performance lasted just 41 seconds – their resulting prison sentence almost two years.

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First Kyiv, then Ukraine

Lesya Orobets is not happy about things in Ukraine. But she plans to do something about it. At just 32, she is currently the youngest member of the Ukrainian parliament. Now she hopes to become mayor of Kyiv. If successful, she would become not just the youngest person ever to hold the position, but also the first woman.

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Marguerite Barankitse and Maison Shalom: Promoting love and peace in Burundi

Marguerite Barankitse established Maison Shalom in 1993, amidst armed conflict and massacres in Burundi. She has since taken in and educated 20.000 children who lost their parents to war and AIDS, but continues to fight for lasting peace in the country, reconciliation and a better future.

Benki Piyãko: Self-empowerment and struggle against outside exploitation

The leader of an indigenous community in the Amazonian state Acre, Brazil, has decided to defend their land against outside exploitation. He seeks to increase the capacity and ability of the indigenous people to defend themselves and their rights against intruders, and teaches them land management techniques and how to preserve the rich ecosystem of the rainforest.

Rafael Marques de Morais: Blood Diamonds, Corruption and Human Rights in Angola

Rafael Marques de Morais is an Angolan journalist and human rights activist, who fights for freedom of expression and human rights in Angola, especially in the Luanda provinces. He is also the founder of Maka Angola, an initiative dedicated to fighting for democracy and against corruption in Angola.

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