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CLARISSE IRIBAGIZE

OkayAfrica's 100 Women celebrates African women who are making waves, shattering ceilings, and uplifting their communities.

Clarisse Iribagize is breaking barriers for young, African women techies. She attended the University of Rwanda and attained a degree in Computer Engineering. However, it was during an incubation program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she conceptualized how she could creatively apply what she was learning to provide solutions to society’s problems.





In 2010, at the age of 22, Clarisse founded HeHe Limited which is an Information Technology research company. Iribagize’s Rwandan-based mobile and technology research lab helps businesses reach their audience in more efficient ways by using technology.



HeHe Limited’s slogan is “Invent the Future” and it is very clear the CEO's forward thinking mindset is placing her at the forefront of Rwanda’s tech industry and positioning her to have more global influence. —MB

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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