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In Tunisia, Unmarried Mothers are Outcasts. One Fund Grantee is Working to Change That.

March 26, 2019By Cheryl Blowers, Fund Staff Being a mother anywhere is challenging. But for unmarried mothers in Tunisia, social stigma can make it nearly impossible. While Tunisia is known for its moderance—it was one of the first in the Middle East / North African region to give women the right to vote—social attitudes around […]

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6 Women Human Rights Defenders You Should Know

March 8, 2019By Cheryl Blowers, Fund Staff In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating six trailblazing women whose extraordinary human rights work is transforming communities across the globe. From changing laws on gender-based violence and LGBTI discrimination, to helping single mothers become self-reliant and overcome social exclusion, they are building a better world. The […]

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The fight for reproductive justice in El Salvador:
Imelda Cortez freed

February 27, 2019By Sally O’Neil, Fund Consultant On December 17, 2018, after spending nearly two years in prison, 20-year-old Imelda Cortez was acquitted and freed by a judge in El Salvador. A survivor of years of sexual abuse at the hands of her stepfather, Imelda had been charged with attempted murder after giving birth to […]

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Rehabilitating child soldiers and confronting warlords: My trip to the DRC

Congolese citizens have been forced to walk a tightrope between leaving or staying, bribing or abstaining, silencing themselves or shouting, dying or living. As a Burundian living within sight of eastern DRC, I have watched the human rights crisis unfold and deepen. Still, a border always operates as a buffer between perceptions and realities. I always wondered if there was more to DRC than darkness, and during my visit I realized that if I am to offer a deeper level of engagement to groups working there, I must start by taking a closer look at this vast and resource-rich country.

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Strength in Numbers: A Ugandan Community’s Struggle to Keep Their Land

Pascal Wana and his wife, Betty Kusemererwa seated outside their home in Rwamutonga, Uganda. The couple and their children were one of 250 families violently evicted from their land by Ugandan security forces in August 2014. Pascal’s vision was irreparably damaged during the eviction. Photo by Robert Mentov December 14, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund […]

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This Human Rights Day, We’re Celebrating Defenders Worldwide

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 […]

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“We will stay here for 100 years,” Women factory workers hold a year-long sit-in for their rights

December 3, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff When Besma Marzouk came to work one morning in mid-2017, she found that the factory she had labored in for 22 years had closed—all without warning, explanation, or two months’ backpay. “I started at the factory…[when] I was 14-years-old,” she recalled in an interview with the Fund […]

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How NAPE is helping Ugandan communities prevent hunger and protect their land

October 16, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff With its fertile land and lengthy coastline along Lake Albert, western Uganda’s Hoima District is brimming with natural resources. For generations, the bulk of the region’s population has sustained itself through fishing and agriculture—pulling in net after net of Nile perch and tilapia, and growing crops like […]

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Justice for Women, By Women: How Women-run Courts Are Changing the Game in India

September 21, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund staff On a hot and sunny day last July, Jaimini, Sailesh, and their young daughter arrived at the local Nari Adalat—or ‘women’s court’—in their home town of Vadodara, India. The couple was seeking help working through marital issues involving Sailesh’s family, who were harassing Jaimini for not meeting […]

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Indian Activists Celebrate Herstoric Supreme Court Ruling on Sexual Rights

September 13, 2018 By David Mattingly, Vice President for Programs A week after India’s Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era legal provision used to criminalize same-sex sexual relations and undermine the rights to privacy and choice, activists across the country are still celebrating—and here at the Fund for Global Human Rights, we are rejoicing with […]

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