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Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Thailand: education vs. cultural slavery

Most kids get excited when you ask what they want to be when they grow up. One week it’s a teacher. The next week it’s a police officer or a firefighter. Next month, it might be a scientist or a helicopter pilot. Regardless, they have big dreams as they think about...
Boys will be … set free

Boys will be … set free

There’s a saying that’s been tossed around for years — “Boys will be boys.” At its best, the saying is simply meant to joke about the mischief young boys can get into. But the growth of the #MeToo movement has highlighted a more negative side to this common phrase —...
Who is your Mina?

Who is your Mina?

I’ll never forget the day I met Mina. She arrived at the center the same week I did. I was spending a semester in South Asia, working with a program dedicated to helping girls get off the streets and acquire the education and access to vocational training they needed....
Breaking the chains of cultural slavery

Breaking the chains of cultural slavery

“I have a very messy past,” Naay began as she shared her story.Naay, whose name I’ve changed to protect her, fled to Bangkok, Thailand, to escape an abusive relationship. But without an education or any job prospects, she soon found herself being abused again — this...
Fight for freedom this Human Rights Day

Fight for freedom this Human Rights Day

Someone once wrote of Eleanor Roosevelt: “She would rather light candles than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.”Could someone say the same about you?As one of the key players in founding Human Rights Day, Eleanor Roosevelt knew that fighting for...
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