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Workers’ Equality Forum: Share Your Story!

Sam Oliver, a union shop steward at the Sime Darby Rubber and Oil plantation in Liberia, where workers live in company-provided housing, says “people lived in deplorable” conditions before joining the General Agriculture and Allied Workers Union of Liberia (GAAWUL).

Today, says Oliver, a warehouse clerk on the plantation, “through the intervention of this union, you can now see they are renovating some of these houses and negotiation is on the table so they can fast track the renovation.”

Standing United in a Time of Uncertainty

At this moment, when institutions and norms of governance, economics, and human relationship are being questioned, finding common ground for discussion, much less progress, feels elusive. During this time of uncertainty it is essential for civil society all over the world to remember and renew our core values and mission. InterAction and our members are counted among the internationalists.

What President Trump’s #MuslimBan Means for Women’s Rights Advocates

From March 13th to 24th, the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will take place at the United Nations in New York. This year, what is usually a global celebration of activism and a yearly get-together for the women’s rights community will be stained with frustration and anger.
 
Why? We will be missing our fellow advocates from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
 

Add Your Photo to Our History

For 15 years, InterAction’s photography contest has focused on incredible humanitarian and development work. Once again, we encourage you to submit your most powerful photos that illustrate innovative, effective, and inspiring efforts in humanitarian assistance and international relief and development.

Why Supporting Women’s Rights is More Than Just the “Smart Thing to Do”

For several years now, gender experts within the development field have been rallying around an argument that no one can deny: supporting women’s rights is the “smart” thing to do. They have sold the economic argument for empowerment to donors and policy-makers and have managed to bring women’s economic empowerment to the center stage of development talk.

Foreign Assistance May Be the United States’ Ace in the Hole

I grew up in the deep south of Reagan’s America. My father was a veteran and I lived near two Air Force bases, so just about everyone around me talked constantly about how great this country is. Maybe that is why during Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State yesterday, some deep seated part of me couldn’t help but love his metaphor for the state of the world. “…We’ve got a tough hand of cards … and we’re just gonna play that hand out... because what I know is that America still holds all the aces.”  

Equality is not Equitable: An Important Distinction for Health Care

Mark Twain famously quipped the difference between the almost right word and the right word is “the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” This is an important lesson to remember during global health discussions which sometimes, incorrectly, interchange “equality” and “equity.” Let’s examine the two terms to understand their importance in planning and implementing global health programs.

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