A conservation project in Kenya brings new hope to Maasai women and girls by creating alternatives to forced early marriage.  The women and girls pictured in these inspiring images are doing things traditionally reserved for men and boys in their villages, like going to school and tending livestock.  As females’ potential as economic contributors to their families and communities becomes increasingly apparent, more and more parents are delaying harmful traditional practices such as female genital cutting and early marriage in order to ensure that their daughters get an education.  In a region with high infant and maternal mortality and morbidity rates, delaying pregnancy and childbirth by delaying marriage saves lives.

A look at how a conservation project is affecting the lives of Maasai women in Kenya, Aljazeera (July 10, 2012).