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Why Mothers of Children with Disabilities Are Suddenly Talking in Kyrgyzstan

In a country where disabilities invite stigma and discrimination, a discussion group is starting to change minds—and, possibly, laws.

Latin America’s Crackdown on Drugs Defies Its Progressive Rhetoric

The region’s leaders are vocal proponents of smarter drug policy, but a look at their recent incarceration rates suggests they’re not practicing what they preach.

Bias Warps the Way African American Girls Are Treated at School

According to a new report, African American female students receive out-of-school suspensions at six times the rate of white girls, and more often than most boys.

When Does a Hospital Become a Jail? When You Can’t Afford the Bill.

After a Kenyan hospital detained two mothers after childbirth for nonpayment, it set in motion a landmark case with implications for human rights throughout the region.

Sexual Harassment in the “World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women”

Though education and employment opportunities for Afghan women have improved, a rampant culture of harassment makes it difficult to take advantage of them.

Building a Prison-to-Purpose Pipeline for Women

Andrea James experienced the prison system on both sides and found that the needs of incarcerated women and their families were not being met. Now she’s working to change that.

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