Governance & Accountability
Identity and Belonging
Meet the Somalis is a collection of 14 illustrated stories depicting the real-life experiences of Somalis in seven cities in Europe: Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Leicester, London, Malmo, and Oslo. Based on firsthand testimonies, the stories depict experiences many of us will never know, like fleeing a warzone with your children or, worse, leaving your loved ones behind. But more often, these stories portray the values shared among many of us, like the importance of family, well-being, and identity in an ever-changing world.Read more »
Rights & Justice
A System in Crisis
While chained in restraints, a migrant from Honduras boards a plane to be deported back home at the Phoenix airport in Arizona. Every day there are five to nine flights to Central America. Open Society grantees are working for a humane, common-sense immigration process.Read more »
Education & Youth
Sharing Tools for Transformation
Elizabeth Kamundia, an Open Society scholarship recipient, taught a seminar at the Centre for Disability Law and Policy. The center is one of only a handful in academic organizations in Europe dedicated to the study of disability rights, and it is the only one with a dedicated program focusing on international disability law. The Open Society Foundations are working to include disability rights in more law schools’ curricula.Read more »
Bringing Justice to Health
“Doctor-lawyer” Immaculate Owumugisha of the Uganda Network on Law, Ethics and HIV/AIDS (UGANET), a grantee of the Open Society Foundations, discusses property rights with a client at a Kampala clinic where people with HIV collect their medications. We support efforts to make the law meaningful on a local level and enhance the agency of disadvantaged populations.Read more »
Media & Information
Visualizing Human Rights
Every morning dozens of men and boys from the Pademba Road Prison in Freetown, Sierra Leone, are taken to court. This does not mean that they will be judged; it may be years until their trials end. Some youth may spend several years in Pademba Road Prison before receiving a sentence. In his series “Juveniles Waiting for Justice,” photographer Fernando Moleres tells the story of young men and boys confined in an adult prison, as a deeply flawed justice system takes over and determines their fate.Read more »
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Open Society Voices
Here are five game-changing developments that occurred in 2013 that could mark the beginning of the end of the war on drugs.
Women's property rights in Africa have been routinely violated, worsening the AIDS epidemic. Now, two landmark resolutions stand on the side of justice and women's health.
Our network of programs and regional foundations addresses key issues.
Through grantmaking and advocacy, the International Women’s Program supports efforts to reduce discrimination and violence against women, strengthen access to justice, and promote women’s empowerment.
Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma is an instrument to connect the objectives of the Decade of Roma Inclusion to EU financial resources, and thus support European governments in realizing the targets of the Roma Decade.
The Open Society Presidential Fellowship is awarded yearly to recent graduates from law, public policy, and business schools in the United States.