civic equality

Nelson Mandela waving to crowd (© David Longstreth/AP Images)

Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday: A look back at visits to the...

South Africa's first black president inspired Americans with each of his visits to the U.S. before he died in 2013. Nelson Mandela still does in 2018, the centenary of his birth.
Map with regions of Africa highlighted (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

The growing power of young people [infographic]

While effects can vary, the growing majorities of young people in Africa and elsewhere will undoubtedly have a strong impact on their societies.
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The pride of the LGBTQ community [video]

Learn why Americans and millions around the world celebrate LGBTQ Pride during the month of June.
Woman in helmet and breastplate in front of women and girls in Greek costume in front of neoclassical building (Library of Congress)

An inspiration for women fighting for their rights

Women who fought for the vote in the U.S. faced stiff opposition. The way they prevailed serves as an example for women around the world fighting for their rights.
Hundreds of people walking along river (© Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Pompeo: Religious freedom is ‘a universal human right’

The 2017 International Religious Freedom Report assesses religious freedom in countries around the world. "The state of religious freedom is dire," says Ambassador Brownback.
Five portrait photos of women superimposed on a U.S. map (Photos 1 and 5, courtesy photos; photos 2, 3, and 4 © AP Images; background photo, Shutterstock)

Women govern some of the largest U.S. cities

Learn about some of the American women who are running for, and winning, the top city government seat: the mayor.
Ten people posing for photo on bench (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Meet 10 amazing young people … and be inspired

Ten young change makers from all over the world, winners of the U.S. 2018 Emerging Young Leaders Award, are spending two weeks in the United States.
Police officer checking a man's papers, with soldiers standing nearby (©Thomas Peter/Reuters)

U.S. criticizes China’s repression of Uighurs

The State Department voiced concern about increased Chinese repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang, including detention of the relatives of U.S.-based Uighur journalists.
Boy staring out window of bus (© AP Images)

Just the facts: The State Department’s annual human rights reports

Want to know the human rights situation in a country? The human rights reports let you investigate its free speech, dissent, minority relations and more.