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Rising Costs and Dwindling Land Put Traditional Burials Out of Reach for Many Zimbabweans

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyEconomyHuman RightsInfrastructure

Cultural tradition dictates that families bury deceased Zimbabweans at their rural homes, where they can watch over living relatives and rest in peace. But the rising cost of living has forced many families to bury loved ones in cities, and space is running out.

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Women Are Elected, but Men Still Govern Many Indigenous Areas of Chiapas

Region: Mexico

Topics: ElectionsHuman RightsPoliticsPowerWomen's Rights

A gender parity quota for Mexican elections has resulted in many “fake positions” among municipalities in Chiapas that operate through indigenous self-determination. Constitutionally-elected women often serve only as figureheads for men elected by traditional customs.

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Driven by Hunger, South Sudanese Refugees Slip Back into Chaotic Homeland

Region: Uganda

Topics: ConflictHuman RightsLegal RightsMigration

Uganda has taken in hundreds of thousands of South Sudanese fleeing violence. But reductions in land plots and meager food stipends are forcing refugees to re-enter dangerous territory in the hunt for viable land.

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The Power to Say ‘No’: Mentors Help Young Ugandan Women Fight Early Marriage, Pregnancy

Region: Uganda

Topics: AutonomyHealthHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

Forced marriages and unintended pregnancies remain a norm for many Ugandan young women. One effort to combat the problems draws on the experience of women who have been down that path, who serve as mentors to girls and young women.

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Meet the Women Fighting Forced Marriages in DRC

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: AutonomyEducationHuman RightsWomen's Rights

In DRC’s North Kivu province, forced marriages are often the unhappy result of unplanned pregnancies – even though the practice is illegal. But if you consider forcing your daughter to marry these days, you’ll likely receive a visit from the staff of a women’s organization to talk you out of it.

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In Disputes With Authorities, Ugandans Seek Justice From Unlikely Source: Reality Television

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal RightsPower

When Ali Karume’s Chevrolet was wrongfully impounded in 2014, he spent years seeking justice from authorities. Out of options and frustrated with the legal system, Karume turned to an unlikely ally: a reality TV show.

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Amid Confusion About Land Ownership in Uganda, Violence Between Landlords and Tenants Escalates

Region: Uganda

Topics: Human RightsLegal RightsMigrationPower

As migrants crowd into Uganda’s Mityana District and demand for land grows, the relationship between tenants and landlords has reached a breaking point. Landlords fear asserting their rights as tenants embrace the country’s growing trend of mob justice.

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In Nepal, Controversial New Law Offers Rights to Children Born out of Wedlock by Forcing Marriage on Parents

Region: Nepal

Topics: AutonomyChild RightsHuman RightsLegal RightsWomen's Rights

A new law in Nepal would recognize children born out of wedlock by considering their parents married – even if they’re not. Women’s rights activists have championed the change, but many questions remain about how the law would work.

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Political Turmoil in Indian-Administered Kashmir Forces Out Young Entrepreneurs

Region: India

Topics: BusinessEconomyHuman RightsJobsMigration

After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, the region was thrown into turmoil. Many young entrepreneurs, once a source of employment and economic development in the region, had no choice but to close their businesses and seek opportunity elsewhere.

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As Cash-Strapped Zimbabwe Struggles to Deport Undocumented Migrants, Many Languish in Prison

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human MigrationHuman RightsLegal RightsMigration

In Zimbabwe, the law stipulates that undocumented migrants be deported – but the country, in the midst of an economic crisis, can rarely afford to carry out the deportation. In the meantime, with nowhere to go but local prisons, migrants can only wait.

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