In the Democratic Republic of Congo, where two decades of war have birthed a reputation of sexual violence and conflict minerals, young women are bucking gender roles to wield power tools and don workman jumpsuits. Rachel Muliri, a 16-year-old carpenter, stands outside her work site off a back alley of Goma, the eastern capital. "I just wanted to be touching tools and using them, making ceilings and iron sheets," she says of her chosen trade. Muliri was recommended for the job, where she's building a ceiling, after her trainer took note of her the young student's work ethic. After this gig, she plans to stay in the construction business. “I will have an advantage over others who apply if they are boys, [because] they will be curious to engage a girl,” she says of her job prospects.