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The fight against AIDS can’t be won without communities. Narendra Shrestha/EPA-EFE

Communities can make – or break – strategies to curb HIV

Communities continue to be vital in efforts to bring the pandemic under control. They are the custodians of rich knowledge that creates the context in which HIV transmission occurs.
A mother hugs her son at the memorial of the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, 2019, the first anniversary of the shooting at the synagogue. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar

How American anti-Semitism reflects the centuries-long struggle over the meaning of religious liberty

The US Constitution is supposed to protect freedom of religion. But in the 20th century, white Christian nationalists used this ideal to discriminate against Jews and justify their exclusion.
Large corporations have both contributed to the expansion of LGBTQ equality and served as a bulwark against conservative backlash. cobravictor/flickr

How much credit should corporations get for the advancement of LGBTQ rights?

In an interview, law professor Carlos Ball explains how gay rights activists and corporations went from adversaries to partners. But would the alliance have happened if it had hurt companies' bottom lines?
Not all instances of sexism are tangible or easy to explain, but they can have similar impacts on women’s mental health as overt sexism. Zivica Kerkez

Still serving guests while your male relatives relax? Everyday sexism like this hurts women’s mental health

It can happen at work, on the street or at home – even by the people who love us. Everyday sexism might be hard to pin down, but it's pervasive and creates an additional layer of stress for women.
Flavour, a popular Nigerian musician, can wear his dreadlocks in peace because they are seen as a temporary fashion statement. Elizabeth Farida/Wikimedia Commons

In Nigeria, dreadlocks are entangled with beliefs about danger

Nigerian men who wear their hair in knots are not a new phenomenon, but the hairstyle's spiritual heritage sparks fear in the hearts of many.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris are among the 2020 presidential hopefuls in favor of reparations. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

Reparations are essential to eliminating the substantial wealth gap between black and white Americans

Several presidential hopefuls have offered proposals to close the racial wealth gap, from baby bonds to reparations. A simulation suggests policies short of direct aid to blacks won't do the trick.
Women may need to shop around for a new doctor if the first one refuses to perform an abortion for religious reasons. from www.shutterstock.com

Women may find it tougher to get an abortion if the religious discrimination bill becomes law

Doctors who won't perform abortions on religious grounds may have stronger legal protection and may not be compelled to refer women to an alternative provider. Here's why that's bad news for women.
Nimai Hajong and his wife, August 2018. Hajong was born in Bangladesh and moved to India when he was an infant. The 58-year-old, now considered a “foreigner” in his own state, poses with paperwork supporting his right to citizenship. A. Shamar/AFP

How the National Citizenship Registration in Assam is shaping a new national identity in India

On August 31, the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the state of Assam, along the India-Bangladesh border will decide upon the future of millions of people in the state.
This now iconic picture shows representatives Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They react at a press conference after Trump’s xenophobic remarks. AFP

These women’s accomplishments tell another story of America

In the US, women politicians from minority communities have become the leading faces of a new generation of politicians – one that will drive the 2020 elections.

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