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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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Recent Work

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To Be Effective, China’s New Anti–Domestic Violence Law Needs Civil Society’s Support

China’s government has addressed family violence with official legislation—now it’s up to the public to utilize it.

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African Feminists Mark Women’s Role in Shaping Their Continent’s Future

At an inspiring meeting in Zimbabwe, over 160 women gathered to mark feminism’s leading role in creating a more progressive Africa.

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Book Launch—Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

Pushout supports the growing movement to address the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless black girls out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures.

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Brazil Can Fight the Zika Virus with Better Public Policy  

Instead of telling women not to get pregnant, Brazil should be implementing supports for them.

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The Impact of Drug Policies on Women  

In honor of the 60th Commission on the Status of Women, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations and the Open Society Foundations cohosted a special discussion on the impact of drug policies on women.

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Roma Feminists Navigate the Tricky Terrain of Ethnic Stereotypes

For Roma women, fighting domestic violence is complicated by the fact that the very topic can perpetuate myths.

Open Society People

Binaifer Nowrojee
Asia Regional Director
Open Society Foundations–New York
Regional Manager
Open Society Foundation–London