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In March, USAID released the Safe from the Start ReVisioned.  Futures Without Violence has long advocated for a gender-transformative approach in humanitarian response that promotes women’s leadership, prioritizes support and advocacy for gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and survivor-centered response programming, and shifts funding, influence, and decision-making power to women and girls, in all their diversity, within humanitarian response systems.

Leila Milani, Program Director for Global Policy and Advocacy, provides an update on the protests in Iran and how women and girls are at the forefront of the fight for freedom.

Leila Milani, Program Director of Global Policy & Advocacy writes about the current demonstrations in Iran, and connects how “women are often the canaries in the coal mines for the erosion of freedom.” As Iranians take to the streets lead by women and girls shouting for freedom, Milani urges us to listen and amplify their voices.

Find here updates on the protests are sweeping across Iran in the wake of the death of the young women, Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the Iranian Morality Police for not wearing her hijab properly. We stand with the women and protestors of Iran speaking to truth and fighting to get the word out. Find here facts on the situation, how you can engage, and what actions the US Government can do.

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Futures Without Violence co-hosted an event on the Hill to advocate for the Keeping Girls in School Act. We heard from 3 members of Congress, a UNICEF Ambassador, and two youth advocates who all came together to amplify the message of why education is so important for young girls everywhere.

On the one year anniversary of Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan, the humanitarian crisis is in dire straits and the future looks increasingly grim for Afghan women and girls.  The decades of progress toward development and gender equality have given way to food insecurity, economic crisis, and human rights abuses targeting women and girls.

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In 2019, FUTURES was invited to participate in a collaborative exchange hosted by Right to Play Pakistan. Participants included a small group of leaders from U.S. based girls’ and youth empowerment through sport organizations as well as Pakistani organizations using or interested in using sport as a strategy to empower girls and young people.