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The Open Society Foundations promote the advancement of women’s rights, gender equality, and empowerment as an integral part of free and democratic societies.

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The Impact of Drug Policy on Women

This paper offers an overview of the gender dimension of the war on drugs and the burdens that ill-conceived policies and inadequate programs place on women and girls.

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Five Photographers Present Journeys Toward Freedom, Safety, and Self-Determination  

From the creative act of authorship to the formidable journey to escape slavery, the stories highlighted in the next installment of the Moving Walls photography series explore people in pursuit of new worlds.

Event
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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Stop Prosecuting Children as Adults

Approximately 200,000 American youth are tried and incarcerated as adults every year, making the United States the world’s leading jailer of kids.

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The Tangled Web of Discrimination Faced by Muslim Women

Research shows that Muslim women bear the brunt of Islamophobia, and often get the cold shoulder from feminists as well.

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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.