Students demonstrating

Public school students protest President-elect Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on November 15, 2016. The Open Society Foundations have launched a $10 million initiative to support and protect those targeted by hateful acts. This initiative is designed to encourage and empower communities to strengthen services and protections for their most vulnerable neighbors.

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A patient receiving medicine in his home

Patients at Nyeri Hospice are treated for life-limiting illnesses like cancer and HIV/AIDS in Nyeri, Kenya, in May 2013. The hospice nurses are trained in providing not only medical care, but also legal assistance with writing wills and dealing with inheritance issues. The Open Society Foundations supports efforts to reform drug policies that unduly restrict access to controlled substances that could have medical or scientific uses.

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An aerial view of a highway

Boulevard Lumumba runs through Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2013. Its energy and fragility define a moment suspended between the country’s colonial past and its neoliberal future. Urban Now: City Life in Congo is a photo exhibition that explores this tension, offering an artistic and ethnographic view of life in Congo’s urbanizing worlds.

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Women carring water from a well

Residents of Khuba Ram, a village in Rajasthan, India, fetch water from a well, a daily unpaid task done mostly by women. How to accurately measure the contributions of unpaid “women’s work” is a problem that has vexed economists for years. One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals attempts to provide some clarity.

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Women mourn at a memorial

Women mourn the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at a cemetery and memorial near the eastern town in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July 2011. The Open Society Foundations work to ensure justice and accountability for atrocities, human rights violations, and crimes against humanity around the world.

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Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations to help countries make the transition from communism.

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Gang violence is pushing death rates to levels on par with war-torn Syria, and displacing tens of thousands of people in the process.

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.