social activism

Young girl at typewriter and two other people in classroom (© Brian Messenger/Perkins School for the Blind)

Meeting the world’s need for teachers of deaf-blind children

A U.S. school has launched a global effort to train 1 million teachers with the skills to help deaf-blind children fulfill their potential.
Grid of 7 portraits (State Dept./D. Peterson)

Heroes in the fight against human trafficking

The State Department recognized eight people from around the world as "heroes" in fighting human trafficking. Read the stories of two of them.
Children reaching for inflated cartoon characters (State Dept./Ariel Flores)

Anti-gang program helps kids stay safe in the Americas

Some 160,000 Honduran youths have participated in a groundbreaking program aimed at reaching kids before gang recruiters do.
Young man posing for camera, standing to one side of group of seated students in gymnasium (U.S. Embassy of Guatemala)

Guatemalan communities tackle drugs with U.S. help

Joed Osorio started using illegal drugs when he was just 10 years old. Today he is a “prevention coach” with the San Lucas Community Anti-Drug Coalition.
Women standing in shallow ocean (© Marco Longari/AFP/Getty)

Despite laws, many women struggle for inheritance rights

Some societies still follow the tradition that a dead man's property goes to his adult sons or is repossessed by his family, completely bypassing women.
Man in wheelchair at rally with others holding signs (© AP Images)

How 150 Americans took over a building and changed disability law

Forty years ago a law gave civil rights protections to people with disabilities. But activists fought for those rights with a monthlong sit-in.
Melania Trump (© AP Images)

First lady honors courageous women from around the world

First lady Melania Trump honored a group of women from around the world for their bravery in fighting for women's empowerment and human rights.
Mark Zuckerberg (© AP Images)

Influential people and the books that influenced them

Books can have a big impact on us and our lives. Here is a look at the books that have meant the most to five prominent people.
Google Doodle of cartoon fox running through trees that spell Google (© Google)

Google Doodles draw people to wildlife conservation

Internet giant Google uses "Doodles," little cartoons on its search page, to increase awareness about wildlife conservation around the world.