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Supporters of Nikol Pashinyan celebrate in Yerevan, Armenia, on May 8, 2018, after the democracy activist was appointed interim prime minister following the resignation of president Serzh Sargsyan. The Open Society Foundations support the right of every person to live under a government that is transparent, accountable, and respectful of its citizens’ fundamental human rights.

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A man sits beside radio equipment in the Mingkaman area of South Sudan. The Open Society Foundations support every person's right to a free and independent media capable of holding the powerful to account.

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A graffiti artist paints a pushcart as part of the “Pimp My Carroça” community art project in in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 13, 2017. The Open Society Foundations work to support human rights, democratic governance, the arts, and a vibrant civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Women carry their children at a shelter in Poltava, Ukraine, on September 18, 2013. All too often, women who use drugs are marginalized, ignored, and left alone to defend their children and themselves in unsafe environments. The Open Society Foundations support efforts to bring people out of the shadows and recognize their right to be full and equal members of their communities.

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Nzinga Dotson-Newman moved to Brooklyn, New York, two years ago to find what she described as “freedom.” She now has a business making clothing and accessories from African materials. The work exhibited in Moving Walls 24 / Here We Are: Visual Resistance and Reclaiming Narratives engages with art and documentary practice as forms of resistance.

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About George Soros

George Soros launched his philanthropic work in South Africa in 1979. Since then he has given over $32 billion to fund the Open Society Foundations, which work in over 100 countries around the world.

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The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people.

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Open Society Voices

The late U.S. senator left a complicated legacy. But throughout his career, McCain never wavered in his opposition to torture, or his support for human rights abroad. History will remember and honor these heroic stances.

Throughout much of the former Soviet Union, reactionary forces are using the tools and methods of civil society in order to attack people’s rights, weaken democracy, and roll back progress.

Events

Sep
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Governments, philanthropies, the private sector, and civil society organizations need to urgently prioritize education in conflict-affected countries—so affected children still receive opportunities to pursue their education.

Sep
25

Open Society Institute–Baltimore marks 20 years with an event featuring former Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski and Color of Change executive director Rashad Robinson discussing the census, advocacy, and civic participation.