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Battling the Muslim Ban

December 27, 2017Farhana Khera
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A New Champion for LGBTI Rights in Bulgaria

January 16, 2018Gregory Czarnecki

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Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream

December 1, 2017 | Kimberly O’Haver

An emerging youth group in Latin America is advocating for human rights with creative, innovative, and tech-savvy methods. What lessons can advocates elsewhere in the world draw from their example?

Brazil, Homicide Capital of the World, Tackles Violence against Children

August 18, 2016 | Robert Muggah

An app that records how young people experience violence could help make their world more secure.

Young Photographers Bring Post-Earthquake Haiti into Focus

January 16, 2015 | Maude Malengrez

Five years after Port-au-Prince was devastated, a new photography book documents one of its most famous streets.

Building the Civil Society of Tomorrow Means Investing in Teachers Today

October 3, 2014 | Trine Petersen

An estimated 250 million children globally lack the skills essential to civic participation. To end this learning crisis, we must ensure that all children have teachers who are trained, motivated, and connected.

When Schools Become Targets of War

March 6, 2014 | Trine Petersen

Around the world, schools, student, and teachers are targeted as a tactic of war. States need to take action to stop this appalling practice.

Toward a Fairer Education System in Chile

February 17, 2014 | Trine Petersen

Is an open society possible when education is segregated by one’s ability to pay for it? Giorgio Jackson explains the impact of recent political and social changes in Chile on the right to education.

In Peru, the Fight Against Poverty Starts Early

June 4, 2013 | Sarah Klaus

Quality early childhood programs have been shown to reduce inequality, counteracting the effects of discrimination and poverty. In Peru, the Cuna Mas program is attempting to do just that.

Democratizing Debate in Colombia through Hip-Hop

March 7, 2013 | Hernan Bonomo

La Familia Ayara is a grantee of the Open Society Youth Initiative's Global Debate program. Their groundbreaking work integrating debate and hip-hop is highlighted in this post and in the accompanying video.

Building a Country-Wide Network of Critical Thinkers in Argentina

September 26, 2012 | Anabella Saks

How an NGO in Argentinia is changing the country's approach to critical thinking in the classroom.

Why Is the World Bank Excluding People with Disabilities?

September 13, 2012 | Jens Trummer

The World Bank has failed to take into account the needs of people with disabilities in its policies related to social safeguards on investments. This is a blatant disregard of human rights and must be rectified immediately.

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