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IDEX Partners Win Major Awards

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María Estela Barco Huerta, the General Coordinator of IDEX’s Mexican partner DESMI, has won the International Human Rights Award from Global Exchange. With these annual awards, Global Exchange recognizes the contributions of individuals and organizations defending human rights in their own countries and around the world. María Estela is being recognized in part for her work in organizing activists […]

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Photo of the Week 4/15/14

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Mary Magdalene Tal, founder and director of the Whole World Women’s Association (WWWA)–an IDEX partner in Cape Town, Africa–is a leader who works with refugee women and children through leadership and societal integration training, promoting HIV/AIDS awareness, supporting small business development, and protecting refugee rights. As a Cameroonian refugee, Mary knows first-hand how difficult it […]

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Port Expansion Protest

In Durban, South Africa, last weekend hundreds of community members took to the streets to protest the Dig Out Port expansion. The expansion of the Port in Durban is a $10 billion project that would wreak untold damage on the area’s ecology, culture and population. The community’s protest, organized by our partner SDCEA and other […]

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Photo of the Week 4/8/14

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Sahyog Sansthan, in Rajasthan, India, has been an IDEX partner for the last 10 years. The organization focuses on helping rural farming communities living in poverty. Their once-fertile land has been eroded as a result of commercial logging and mining, and climate change poses a further problem. Sahyog regenerates thousands of acres of degraded land […]

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Women’s Equality and Food Sovereignty: Solutions Found in Chiapas, Mexico

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Global Exchange writes about IDEX partner DESMI as part of their series ‘Women Around the World Inspiring Change’. This second installment in the series focuses on Global Exchange’s 2014 International Human Rights Award honoree, María Estela Barco Huerta, an incredible leader of DESMI (Desarrollo Económico Social de los Mexicanos Indígenas), based in Chiapas, Mexico.  Work has […]

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Photo of the Week 3/31/14

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An IDEX partner since 1995, ISMU, the Institute for Overcoming Urban Poverty, was formed by community groups in the shantytowns of Guatemala City to improve living conditions in their neighborhoods. ISMU works with 22 communities from 7 regions/states, benefiting around 35,000 people. ISMU was founded in 1992 to strengthen community-based organizations in marginalized urban areas […]

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Photo of the Week 3/25/14

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Our upcoming IDEX Community Hour webinar on March 27 focuses on ‘Implementing Alternative Media and Communications Technology’. IDEX partner Biowatch is a good example of the successful use of traditional media to garner attention and amplify the voices of grassroots organizations. Through the press and their book “A Landmark Victory for Justice: Biowatch’s Battle with […]

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Photo of the Week 3/19/14

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Here are some alarming statistics on violence against women in South Asia, based on a press release by the Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network: Every week in Bangladesh, more than ten women suffer from an acid attack; in India, 22 women are killed every day in dowry-related murders; in Sri Lanka, 60 percent of women […]

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Photo of the Week 3/14/14

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IDEX was pleased to host Liseth Coloc from IDEX partner AFEDES during the International Human Rights Funders Group 2014 San Francisco Conference on January 28 and 29, 2014. You can watch Liseth’s January 30 webinar on Youth Power on the IDEX Community Hour page, and read a short biography of this courageous young leader here. AFEDES […]

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International Women’s Day 2014

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For International Women’s Day this year, IDEX would like to reaffirm its commitment to support the work of our partners to empower, protect, strengthen and uplift women in their communities. We invite you to read this Declaration from the International March of Women and share it widely among your networks. The Declaration highlights the challenges […]

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