The AJWS community has a lot to say about what's happening in the world. Read our insights about the struggle for justice and human rights around the globe.

Learning through playing: Thoughtshop Foundation is sparking life-changing conversations in India

Thoughtshop Foundation — a longtime AJWS grantee based in Kolkata — uses a unique approach to expand what’s possible for girls and women within India’s deeply patriarchal, restrictive society. They call it “design thinking,” and for a growing collective of young people across the state of West Bengal, it has proven life-changing. Thoughtshop developed beautifully …

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This is Me: Traditional dance in the Dominican Republic is helping girls reclaim their identity

Teresa Mercedes Emilia, 19, says she was blessed to grow up surrounded by strong women — especially her proud grandmother. She was born in the rural community of Los Mercedes, which was founded by Afro-descendent people (known as “cimarrones”) who liberated themselves from enslavement and created their own autonomous communities. Teresa remembers picking coffee beans, …

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Who Makes Change Happen?

Human rights work is complicated—so we’re asking key questions and breaking it down together in our new series, Repairing the World, Step by Step.   Last month, we unpacked how AJWS makes change. Today, we’ll talk about who. Everything we do at AJWS—whether we’re funding grassroots organizations, nurturing social movements or meeting at the White …

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