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Three Circles of Knowledge: A Model of Resilience

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A blog series on Zimbabwe by Yeshica Weerasekera, Regional Director for Africa   In Zimbabwe 80% of people depend on agriculture for a living. Most farms are small. Like many places in Africa, the majority of farmers are women and they play a central role in growing food crops. Zimbabwe also has a long tradition of using indigenous […]

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My Body, My Zimbabwe, My Miniskirt!

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A blog series on Zimbabwe by Yeshica Weerasekera, Regional Director for Africa In Zimbabwe, I observed firsthand the importance of supporting young women and girls with their reproductive rights and sexual health. Many young people cannot access information and resources easily, and there is a critical need for educational work to tackle the high incidence […]

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Spotlight on Zimbabwe: Young Women Rising

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A blog series by Yeshica Weerasekera, Regional Director for Africa In Zimbabwe, I learned of an emerging young women’s movement that is both robust and inspiring. These young women are energetically building on the work of the previous generation of women’s rights leaders who had organized since independence in 1980. I found these young women’s […]

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IDEX Academy 2015: Gearing Up!

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By Rajiv Khanna, Learning & Evaluation Manager We are gearing up for our second IDEX Academy next month, March 25th to 30th  in Santa Barbara, CA. Last year’s inaugural Academy was a resounding success. This year, due to the buzz you helped us create, we received double the number of applications and increased our class […]

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Spotlight on Zimbabwe: What’s Going On?

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A blog series by Yeshica Weerasekera, Regional Director for Africa The Best Way Out is Always Through As I enthusiastically prepared to travel to Zimbabwe a few months ago, I thought about its turbulent history. This incredible country faced many challenges in its post-Independence years that followed a brutal war of national liberation, many difficult […]

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Steadily and Surely: How Indigenous Women in Peru Are Being the Change They Want To See

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By Katherine Zavala, IDEX’s Regional Director for Latin America One of the most promising movements on the horizon in Peru’s landscape is the indigenous women’s movement. Nearly 20 years ago, the Permanent Workshop of Indigenous Andean and Amazonian Organizations of Peru (TPMIAAP) was born in Chirapaq. TPMIAAP was formed to build and strengthen indigenous women’s […]

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Bay Area Rising’s Evolution: Drum! Dance! Rise!

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By Mary Owen, Core Team Member, Bay Area Rising IDEX is proud to partner with Bay Area Rising for a third consecutive year for their local  V-Day  event to demand an end to violence against all cisgender and transgender women and girls. A portion of the night’s proceeds benefit IDEX’s partners! You can buy your […]

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Learnings from Peru’s Vibrant Civil Society: A Study in Indigenous Activism

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By Katherine Zavala, IDEX’s Regional Director, Latin America From November 21 to December 12, 2014, I traveled to Peru. It was a tremendous opportunity to learn, reflect and understand the context, ground realities, and examples of inspiring grassroots activism and strategies for social change. Led by indigenous communities, women, youth and the civil society movement, […]

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COP20 Local Stories of Climate Change Impacts: the Case of Peru

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A Blog Series by Katherine Zavala, IDEX’s Regional Director, Latin America From December 1 to 12th this month, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held its 20th session of the Conference of its Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru. Peru is said to be the third country most affected by climate change. It […]

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From Iguala to Ferguson to New York: The Power of Resistance

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By Katherine Zavala, Regional Director, Latin America In solidarity with our partners who make transformative change a reality everyday Last month, on November 5th, Mexican students mobilized fearlessly for a national strike, demanding the return of the 43 missing students. As I read about the endless perseverance and a national cry for injustices to stop, […]

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