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Advocating for Sign Language Education as a Human Right


In some parts of the world, being deaf can mean being cut off from education and left without alternative options. USAID is committed to changing that, working to make sure every child can learn, grow and be empowered.

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To Fight Extremism, The World Needs To Learn How To Talk To Women

A Kurdish female fighter of the Women’s Protection Units looks on at a training camp in al-Qahtaniyah, near the Syrian-Turkish border on Feb. 13. Syrian Kurdish forces have been fighting advances by the Islamic State jihadist group. / Delil Souleiman, AFP

From Iraq to Pakistan to Nigeria, groups like the Islamic State and Boko Haram are winning the war for women’s hearts and minds — and it’s time to stop it.

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Overcoming the Stigma of Disability Across the Globe

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This year, Americans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let’s take a moment to recognize the impact of USAID’s inclusive education and youth workforce development programs in other parts of the world.

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Empowering Youth: Expanding Access to Reproductive Health

Youth face unique economic and social barriers to receiving family planning services, limiting their ability to make healthy choices about their reproductive health. USAID is committed to making youth’s aspirations a reality by expanding access to these services. / Neil Brandvold, USAID

Advancing youth’s access and understanding of family planning is not a “be all and end all” solution to poverty, inequity and poor health, but it’s critical to ensuring that all young people are able to lead healthy, dignified and fulfilling lives.

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Fostering a Sense of Belonging Key in Preventing Youth Violence

USAID and A Ganar run a sports and leadership program that partners with companies like Nike and Coca Cola to increase employment opportunities for at-risk youth. / Partners of the Americas

What do violent street gangs in the United States and Central America and extremist groups in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa have in common? They both recruit youth who are looking for a sense of belonging.

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Breaking Invisible Barriers in the West Bank and Gaza

USAID supports girls’ education in the West Bank. The Agency built the new Nahalin Secondary Girls' School in the Bethlehem Governorate / Credit Alaa Badarneh

USAID gender chief Susan Markham shares stories of her recent trip to the West Bank and why improving opportunities for women and girls is the key for a brighter future for all.

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5 Million Child Slaves, One Nobel Peace Laureate

Child worker in India. / Global March Against Child Labor

On this Universal Children’s Day (November 20), Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Sathyarthi is launching a new campaign to target some of the world’s most vulnerable and exploited children: the estimated 5.5 million child slaves around the world. Through programming to counter trafficking in persons, USAID is supporting organizations on the frontlines of tackling this problem.

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You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia

MCHIP immunization work in India.

Achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – will not be realized without better addressing pneumonia, the leading killer in children under 5.

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International Day of Democracy: Engaging Young People on Democracy

Alumni of the 4th edition of the Certificate in Leadership and Political Management course, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. / Corina Fuentes

Young people play a vital role in our efforts to promote resilient, democratic societies. Youth are not only the “leaders of tomorrow,” but a driving force for change today. They often are more willing to take risks and push for democratic change when others have become apathetic, subservient to undemocratic regimes, or are risk averse.

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Tomorrow’s Leaders Empowered Today

Young Palestinian Youth Local Shadow Councils install traffic signals, paint sidewalks and organize a local tourism bike tour

Many of our USAID missions around the world, often in post-conflict arenas, are working diligently to empower youth so they can serve as leaders in their communities.

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