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Women Who Survived Ebola Find a Space to Rebuild Their Lives

Two years after the worst health crisis ever to hit West Africa, entrepreneurship, community, and joy are returning to Sierra Leone.

Elevating the Voices of Women and Children in the Refugee Crisis

Instead of finding protection and relief on European soil, refugee women and children have been trapped in makeshift camps—some of which resemble prisons—without access to adequate food, sanitation, water, or safety.

Human Rights Defenders in Honduras Need a Defender, Too

In Latin America, where activists face a range of threats, one group is working to build communities of trust and support to help protect them.

Fueling Economic Advancement and Empowerment Through Land Rights  

This discussion examines the importance of land rights to open society priorities, how land rights create a foundation for other interventions, and the opportunities and challenges facing a growing land rights movement.

The Hidden Consequences of Forcing Women to Travel for Abortions

Laws that keep abortion services far from where women live are a form of social exclusion that women’s rights advocates call “abortion exile.”

Are We Undercounting Work Done by Women?

Economic surveys that don’t take into account unpaid domestic work misrepresent a society’s labor activity—and diminish work done by women.

Open Society People

Binaifer Nowrojee
Regional Director for Asia Pacific
Open Society Foundations–New York, Asia Pacific Regional Office
Asia Pacific Regional Manager
Open Society Foundation–London, Asia Pacific Regional Office