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World Meanwhile in ... Mauritania, climate change has pushed women into leadership roles

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Mauritania, climate change has pushed women into leadership roles. Lengthy periods of drought have significantly reduced the amount of available grazing land in this West African nation, forcing herders to travel long distances to feed and water their herds. While the herders are away, their wives are taking charge. “Women pastoralists are the first up in the morning and the last to go to bed at night,” Aminetou Mint Maouloud, who started the country’s first association of women herders in 2014, told Reuters. “Whether it’s making butter from cow milk, fetching wood or tending to ill animals, it all comes down to women.” 

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