Sold at the age of 12, Hadijatou Mani was forced to work as a slave for the next ten years. During this time, slavery was outlawed in her country, Niger. When Hadijatou was finally freed, she accused the government of having failed to protect her and her children — and she won her case in the West African Court of Justice. It’s an exceptionally brave thing to fight for your rights, especially when the odds are stacked against you. In doing so, Hadijatou Mani has paved the way to freedom for the many thousands of women who are still enslaved throughout West Africa.