December 10, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff × Helena Maleno advocates for greater protections for migrants in Morocco, in border areas, and on the Mediterranean Sea—where thousands die every year attempting the journey to Europe. A member of rights group Caminando Fronteras, she runs a hotline where people can report migrant ships in distress […]
Courage. Resilience. Determination. Tenacity. Grit. Whatever you choose to call it, the qualities that compelled Wai Wai Nu to take the tragic denial of her rights – and subsequent imprisonment during what should have been her university years – and turn that experience into a force for good is nothing short of extraordinary. In […]
March 3, 2016 For 36 years, Guatemala was engaged in a bloody civil war. From 1960 to 1996, thousands of rural and indigenous people were displaced, tortured, and raped, and over 200,000 people were killed in 626 documented massacres—most perpetrated by the government against indigenous peoples. Since the end of the war, organizations supported by […]
December 17, 2015 At a time when disunity and political paralysis threatened to undermine post-revolutionary Tunisia, the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet provided a unified vision for a progressive, democratic future. Recently recognized by 2015 Nobel Peace Prize, the Quartet’s extraordinary success bears testament to the power of locally-rooted groups who work tirelessly, often at immense […]
It was 5:30pm on August 3, 2015. Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was almost home from work in his neighborhood in Bujumbura, when an armed man on a motorcycle pulled up next to his car. He fired at close range, lodging four bullets into Pierre Claver’s face and neck. His life was in danger. Pierre Claver was […]
Late September last year, students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ school in Guerrero state, Mexico were traveling to an event to raise funds for their school when they were violently intercepted by local police. Several students were killed by open gunfire, and 43 students disappeared. Protests in solidarity with the students and their families arose across […]
Among the many consequences of Thailand's 2014 coup has been a growing crackdown on dissent. Even before the coup, civil society had been facing increasing restrictions by the Thai government, including censorship, surveillance, and attacks on their digital rights and internet freedoms.
The Fund’s Program Director Amy Morris and Program Officer for Southeast Asia Hoa Duong recently traveled to Burma, where the Fund began its grants program in 2012. We sat down with Amy and Hoa to hear about their trip and ask how Burma and the program have changed in two years. Q: Amy, this was […]