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Yes! Magazine

Janice Cantieri

18 April 2019

British Columbia, Canada

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The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Drone Search Team is a group of volunteers in British Columbia, Canada that use a combination of indigenous knowledge and drones to search for missing women. Indigenous women ...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 April 2019

Zaatari, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan

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We Love Reading, an organization backed by UNICEF and USAID, works with all of Jordan's Syrian refugee camps and one of Ethiopia's South Sudanese camps to use storytelling as a tool for psychological healing. It start...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

16 April 2019

El Salvador

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Giving guns a nonviolent afterlife can also increase economic opportunity for struggling communities. In El Salvador, IM Swedish Development Partner, a nongovernmental organization, is addressing the issue of guns and...

Literary Hub

Sarah Hoenicke

9 April 2019

Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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The Sri Lankan Civil War lasted from 1983 to 2009 and bitterly divided the country into two sides between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Years later in 2012, a literary program cal...

PBS NewsHour

Marcia Biggs

30 March 2019

Rivera Hernandez, Honduras

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5-15 Minutes

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Residents of Rivera Hernandez, Honduras are trying to improve their community in a district that’s under gang control. One such effort is a vocational school to train children and adults in electricity and solar energ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

24 March 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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The use of solitary confinement, or administrative segregation, in prisons is facing pushback across the country. In Alabama, a federal judge tasked the Department of Corrections to investigate how other states are re...

National Geographic

Nina Strochlic

14 March 2019

Bidibidi, Uganda

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Uganda has some of the most progressive refugee policies in the world, and as a result it is now home to the second largest refugee camp in the world. Bidibidi houses a quarter million people, many of whom come from t...

Bhekisisa

Bolu Akindele

28 February 2019

Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

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The Access to Health and Rights Development Initiative (AHRDI) in Lagos, Nigeria has offered health services to over 2,000 LGBTI men since 2013 despite the nation's widespread homophobia. Because it is still dangerous...

This is Africa

Patrick Egwu

15 February 2019

Enugu, Nigeria

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To combat the persistence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa, communities band together to spread awareness through film, religious outlets, community gatherings, and other creative means of education. While...

All Africa

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Annie Njanja

15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

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Peter C. Baker

7 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In response to the discovery that Chicago police officer Jon Burge led a "Midnight Crew" torturing mostly Black men to coerce criminal confessions, the city council's agreement to make cash reparations to the victims ...

Borderless Magazine

Sehar Sufi

25 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Blue Tin Production Co-operative taps into the sewing talents of immigrant and refugee women in Chicago by offering a living wage to produce work for designers and eventually their own clothing line. The program also ...

Pacific Standard

Katia Savchuk

28 December 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Patrick Ball, cofounder of the nonprofit Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG), has helped use quantitative data to put numbers behind things that were before unprovable — i.e. the difference between genocide and r...

Citizen Matters

Revathi Siva Kumar

26 November 2018

Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, India

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In 2011, authorities in Education City set about to combat the Naxal violence by offering education to children who have lost one or both parents to the violence. Today Education City houses 18 institutions and enroll...

Sojourners

Megan Janetsky

21 November 2018

Medellin, Colombia

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s Barrio Moravia was an illegal dumping site where displaced Colombians fleeing violence made informal settlements. Now a community center, organizations, and a public garden with mor...

The Washington Post

Joshua Partlow

26 October 2018

Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico

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A small Mexican town called Pijijiapan is embracing the recent migrant crisis with open arms. When they heard that a caravan of migrants was passing through soon, the entire community pitched in to welcome them with f...

New Vision

Lillian Namusoke Magezi

17 October 2018

Uganda

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A community-based program in Uganda has helped reduce violence in families and gender inequity by training both parents in effective communication and parenting. Organizers focused specifically on recruiting men becau...

Women Across Frontiers

Dominic Kirui

20 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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After surviving a traumatic sexual assault in Nairobi, Wangu Kanja founded the Wangu Kanja Foundation to raise awareness of and prevent gender-based violence. The foundation also provides medical, legal, and psychsoci...

Wired

Danny Gold

16 August 2018

Syria

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For people living in Syria, minutes can save people from dying due to bomb strikes. So three men got together and created Hala, and launched a warning system that uses data from aircraft to predict where and when warp...

NationSwell

Joseph Darius Jaafari

10 July 2018

United States

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Truckers are ideally placed to spot and report sex trafficking. “They’ve been trained to be vigilant and they’re on the city streets, pulling into areas and being put up in hotels where this happens,” says Kylla Lanie...

Broadly

Lauren Cocking

3 July 2018

Mexico City, Mexico

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The Fuentes Rojas call attention to Mexico's staggering murder rate and commemorate the lives of victims by staging interventions in public space. By hanging handkerchiefs embroidered with details of a victim's life, ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sarita Santoshini

15 June 2018

Uganda

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Sylvia Acan, co-founded Golden Women vision, an organization that teaches Ugandan women to bake cakes with the aim of helping them improve their social economic status. Many of the women, like Acan, became victims o...

BBC

Nanchanok Wongsamuth

29 April 2018

Yala, Yala Province, Thailand

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In the midst of chaos and bloodshed between Muslims and Buddhists, a small province in Thailand has created a youth orchestra to bridge divides between people. The orchestra was met with initial skepticism but has sin...

HBO

Wyatt Cenac

27 April 2018

Elgin, Illinois, United States

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The Elgin, Illinois police department has been heralded as having the most successful community policing program in the country. There, officers are embedded within the communities they serve and are expected to creat...

Apolitical

Giovanna Lauro

20 April 2018

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The Congolese organization Living Peace Institute is working to heal the psychological trauma caused by the civil war fought from 1998 to 2003 which left millions dead. This work includes group therapy sessions, desti...

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