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Heroes, villains and victories – the women who shaped 2014 — theguardian.com

Nominees: Malala Yousafzai, Mindy Kaling (who was briefly mistaken for her at a New York party). Winner: Malala, by a landslide – for being awarded the Nobel peace prize at the age of 17 (the youngest ever recipient) but also crucially for the fact that she had to wait to give her “first statement after school”. Bless! The horrific abduction of 300 girls from their school in Chibok by terrorist group Boko Haram triggered an international outcry. On the ground in Nigeria, activists have not gone quiet: every day since 30 April, they have gathered in the capital to protest against the kidnap of the girls. 2015 is an election year for Nigeria, and the state of security in the northeastern regions will be an ongoing issue.

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