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    Dare to dream

    Even though ISIS’ army has now been defeated, hundreds of Yazidi women are still in temporary relief camps in northern Iraq. “I want to share my story with the rest of the world, because everyone should know what happened to us. I am not just a victim. I am a mother who wants to face the past, move forward, and create a future for myself and my children.”

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    Decoding Lebanese legalese

    Our work takes us to Lebanon, where inspiring partners like SEEDS continue to fight for sexual and bodily rights despite conservative forces. “In a country where police regularly stage raids on LGBTI+ events, SEEDS is a much-needed legal initiative.”

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    Coworking spaces to encourage entrepreneurship

    Like many small Tunisian cities, El Kef is plagued by skyrocketing youth unemployment. But here, there are also terrorist groups in the mountains trying to recruit its young men. To counter this, Walid turned the local Cirta cultural center into a cultural and coworking space.

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    How we’ve supported Iraqi cinema – even under fire

    “When the film was screened everywhere and shown on Iraqi television eight times, people stopped me on the street and told me: ‘Thank you for this.’ It was really life changing for people – they still talk about it.”

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    How we support courageous LGBTs in Lebanon

    “It all started with a group of five friends in Beirut. Right now, we’re a movement of five organizations and more than a thousand volunteers. We’re unstoppable”

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    Hivos believes that when people are given a chance to live in freedom and dignity, they are able to live a life that contributes to the greater good of humanity.