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Blindfolded woman with red on hands and face holding up hands in help signal for gender-based violence (© Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket/Getty Images)

The global scourge of gender-based violence

Learn more about what the Office of Global Women's Issues is doing to counter a surge of online and physical violence against women.
Monica Medina speaking at lectern (State Dept.)

Making the world’s case for water and biodiversity

Monica Medina is the first U.S. special envoy for biodiversity and water resources. She will champion nature protection measures abroad.
Man sitting in front of piano (© Brynn Anderson/AP Images)

The African diaspora thrives in the United States

In anticipation of the upcoming U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, learn about six notable Americans who have African ancestry.
DJ Kool Herc holding street sign reading 'Hip Hop Blvd' (© Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

Hip-hop’s international influence

What are the history and origins of hip-hop? Learn more about the genre here and see how it has inspired artists around the world.
Man standing in dry cleaning store (© Deaudrea 'Sha' Aguado/Bridging Virginia)

Investing in small, diverse businesses is good for the economy

What is a social impact investment fund? Learn how firms support small businesses owned by people of color and women.
Cow grazing in field next to wind turbines (© Charlie Riedel/AP Images)

What has the U.S. done since COP26?

Learn more about what the United States has accomplished since the 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26).
Smiling woman in field (© Farzana Tabassum/World Vision/Feed the Future)

World Food Day brings USAID action on food security

USAID is training farmers and taking other steps to increase food security worldwide, focusing on countries hard hit by the climate crisis.
Tiger standing in tall grass (© Cheryl Ramalho/Alamy)

Tiger populations are on the rise

Recent assessments suggest that tiger populations have risen by 40% around the world from what they were in 2010.
Graphic featuring grid of faces (Courtesy of OneBeat)

2 exchange programs, 600 artists from over 60 countries

Two State Department programs — OneBeat and Center Stage — bring hundreds of artists from around the world together in the United States.