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Moving Forward with USAID’s LGBT Vision for Action

A gay rights activist holds a rainbow flag during a Rainbow Pride rally in Kolkata on July 15, 2012.

While June’s Pride month celebrations have ended, we have many reasons to keep the celebrations going – with release of the USAID LGBT Vision for Action, concretely demonstrating support for the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.

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Ending Child Labor

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An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has had unprecedented success. At USAID, we have learned what programs are effective, and what more needs to be done to end child labor.

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Why Free Media Matters

A minicab driver listens to a radio broadcast in a market in Abeche, Chad (2009). / Internews

Media independence has been tied to social stability, improved governance and reduced corruption, better health outcomes, faster economic growth and fewer famines. USAID’s support of open media environments in 31 countries around the world is having real impact on the lives of real people.

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The Syrian Conflict Through the Lens of Women and Girls

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The crisis in Syria presents humanitarian, developmental and demographic challenges particularly for women and children, who have been exposed to serious risks while fleeing their homes, in camps, and in unfamiliar countries’ cities and towns. Two USAID leaders recently visited Jordan and Turkey and returned with stories of great adversity and but also of hope.

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A Moment For Hope in the DRC?

Walking into the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo (DRC), one is immediately struck by a sense of purposefulness. The hospital, led by the legendary Dr. Denis Mukwege, has treated nearly 20,000 survivors of sexual violence since 1999.

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Farmer Field Schools: A Safe Place to Discuss Gender-Based Violence

Gender-based violence affects people everywhere, including the predominantly agrarian rural communities where USAID and its partners work to improve agricultural production.

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A Courageous Journey

"Like Nadia, women at a USAID-supported vocational center in Punjab, Pakistan are trained in different skills so they can earn a living for themselves and their families." Photo credit: Raja Zulfiqar

USAID’s Gender Equity Program provides small grants to Pakistani organizations to fund projects that expand access to justice for women. Read more >>

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New Evidence on Child Marriage Prevention in Ethiopia

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To help address the needs of 50 million adolescents who are already married, USAID invested in programs through PEPFAR to reach more than 220,000 married adolescent girls in Ethiopia.

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Taking Our New Model of LGBT Inclusive Development to UNGA

USAID’s LGBT Global Development Partnership promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries. Photo by: Pat Adams/USAID

An important part of this year’s UNGA agenda is inclusive development efforts to ensure equal access to foreign aid and the protection of the human rights of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Read more >>

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Empowering LGBTI people in Colombia to Advocate for Their Own Rights

USAID conducts training on on respecting and protecting LGBTI rights in Cartagena. Photo credit: Victory Institute

USAID Senior Advisor of Office of Innovation and Development Alliances shares her recent visits to Colombia, where she witnessed how USAID is supporting the LGBTI populations in the region so they can advocate for their own rights. Read more >>

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