AJWS Blog

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.

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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