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Trump’s New Women’s Empowerment Initiative: Simply Incoherent or Downright Disingenuous

February 8, 2019 By

Who really benefits from Ivanka Trump’s initiatives for women’s empowerment? Yesterday the Trump Administration officially launched the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative. Led by Ivanka Trump, this program will include moving funds already allocated to the U.S. Agency for International Development (yup, that’s right, no new money) towards partnerships…

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Haitian Development Starts with Haiti

July 19, 2018 By

Co-authored by Yolette Etienne, ActionAid Haiti Country Director It has been more than 200 years since Haiti was formed by the world’s most successful slave rebellion – a revolt that liberated a country from colonial powers and abolished slavery. Since that time, wealthy and powerful nations and their institutions – including…

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Rising Up Against Violence: #BringTheNoise Protest Has My Vote

July 13, 2018 By

On Friday, July 13, Donald Trump is meeting with his counterpart in the United Kingdom, Theresa May. While Trump and May are looking to reinforce their alliance through this encounter, many people in the UK are stepping up to disrupt it in support of women’s rights. My Body Is Mine Inspired by women…


Standing Up for Civic Engagement, from the US to Uganda

September 21, 2017 By

“You can crush the flowers, but you cannot stop the Spring.” – Pablo Neruda You know you are making progress when the backlash comes at you. On Wednesday night it came in the form of a police raid of our office in Kampala, Uganda. When I got word that the…

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We Are Human Beings: Syrian Refugees Organize to Transform Lives

June 21, 2017 By

“For the time that we are here, we will build this country. When we go home we will rebuild our own civilization.” – Isra, Syrian refugee, Lebanon When crisis hits, international humanitarian organizations respond – bringing in food aid and other material support. This first response is important, but it…