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Law and Health

The Open Society Foundations promote societies in which the rule of law and respect for human rights safeguard the health of all, especially the most vulnerable. This includes people living with HIV or tuberculosis, people needing palliative care, people who use drugs, people with disabilities, prisoners, ethnic minorities, sex workers, and sexual minorities.

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Film Screening: African Grandmothers Tribunal

Watch and discuss a new documentary about six African grandmothers who, despite stigma and abuse, care for children orphaned by AIDS. In 2013 they traveled to Canada to give powerful testimony to a landmark people's tribunal.

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Protecting Women and Families from the War on Drugs: UN Sessions

This panel will present research demonstrating how the drug war particularly harms women, and will explore leveraging upcoming UN convenings to better promote and protect the human rights of women and families.

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Sex, Drugs, and Canadian Politics: Advancing Human Rights for Sex Workers and People Who Use Drugs  

Pivot Legal Society’s Katrina Pacey and Adrienne Smith discuss how the organization is advancing rights in Canada through litigation and advocacy.

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Drugs Courts: A Fresh Approach or a Continuation of the Old Paradigm?  

Drug courts, presented as an alternative to incarceration, are themselves controversial and problematic. Do these mandatory, court-supervised drug treatment programs hold up to scrutiny?

Voices
The Link Between Functioning Toilets and Justice  

In Cape Town’s informal settlements, people face the threat of assault, rape, and murder simply because they don’t have access to a secure toilet near their home.

Voices
Building an Open Burma Through Medical Ethics  

Professor Myaing Myaing Nyunt says that something as simple as teaching doctors and students about consent forms will encourage democratic transition.

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Watch and discuss a new documentary about six African grandmothers who, despite stigma and abuse, care for children orphaned by AIDS. In 2013 they traveled to Canada to give powerful testimony to a landmark people's tribunal.

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