Gender Equality & Human Rights

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Winrock is committed to ensuring that all members of society have equal access to services and goods, and are protected by just laws, with a focus on ending child labor and human trafficking, as well as full participation and opportunities for men, women, girls and boys. Programs include policy reform; advocacy and awareness raising; strengthening of organizations and governments to understand and defend the rights of all citizens; and economic empowerment of the most marginalized populations.

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For more than two decades, Winrock has been a leader in creating educational opportunities for children and youth, especially girls and boys at the margins of society. Our programs offer a variety of support — scholarships, mentoring, life skills training, literacy and numeracy training, community support, and policy advocacy. Where children and youth are out of school, we work on multiple levels to ensure that children can be safely withdrawn from child labor, human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse.

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When wars end and nations begin to rebuild, children are often faced with a battle on another front – the effects of conflict on their safety and education. The trauma of insecurity and displacement can have a severe impact on children’s ability to learn and cope with the demands of the classroom. This is particularly true for girls and children with disabilities.

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In many parts of the world, school can be a place of danger for both boys and girls. The disadvantages experienced by girls are particularly severe: they may face the threat of sexual violence and abuse on the way to or in school; a lack of adequate and safely accessible sanitary facilities; and the risk of early or forced marriage, which can cut short their education.

This portrait is part of the Vietnam Clean Energy Program’s series on female leaders in the Vietnamese construction sector, featuring women who have made strides in this male-dominated field, coming from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, but bound together by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.

This portrait is part of the Vietnam Clean Energy Program';s series on women champions in the Vietnamese construction sector, featuring women who have made strides in this male-dominated field, coming from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, but bound together by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.

The Cambodia Counter Trafficking in Persons program (CTIP II) works to strengthen government's capacity to design, lead, coordinate and evaluate efforts to combat all forms of trafficking in persons; enhance survivor protection and care services; improve law enforcement capacity; and promote effective national and local prevention strategies to reduce trafficking in persons.

The Education for Income Generation (EIG) in Nepal project provided income generation training, supported by basic literacy training, to the most under-served groups in Nepal. The project also provided disadvantaged youth with relevant education, training and employment opportunities.

This portrait is part of the Vietnam Clean Energy Program’s series on female leaders in the Vietnamese construction sector, featuring women who have made strides in this male-dominated field, coming from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, but bound together by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.

This portrait is part of the Vietnam Clean Energy Program';s series on women champions in the Vietnamese construction sector, featuring women who have made strides in this male-dominated field, coming from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, but bound together by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.

This portrait of Pham Thuy Loan is part of the Vietnam Clean Energy Program's series on women leaders in the Vietnamese construction sector, featuring women who have made strides in this male-dominated field, coming from diverse backgrounds and with different interests, but bound together by the common themes of a strong work ethic, love of country, a strong belief in themselves, a passion for their work.

The Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) newsletter provides information on human trafficking and safe migration to migrant workers, youth, students and school children. Issue No. 7, April-June, 2015.

The Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) newsletter provides information on human trafficking and safe migration to migrant workers, youth, students and school children. Issue No. 6, January-March, 2015.

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For more than two decades, Winrock has been a leader in creating educational opportunities for children and youth, especially girls and boys at the margins of society. Our programs offer a variety of support — scholarships, mentoring, life skills training, literacy and numeracy training, community support, and policy advocacy. Where children and youth are out of school, we work on multiple levels to ensure that children can be safely withdrawn from child labor, human trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation, and other forms of abuse.

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When wars end and nations begin to rebuild, children are often faced with a battle on another front – the effects of conflict on their safety and education. The trauma of insecurity and displacement can have a severe impact on children’s ability to learn and cope with the demands of the classroom. This is particularly true for girls and children with disabilities.

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In many parts of the world, school can be a place of danger for both boys and girls. The disadvantages experienced by girls are particularly severe: they may face the threat of sexual violence and abuse on the way to or in school; a lack of adequate and safely accessible sanitary facilities; and the risk of early or forced marriage, which can cut short their education.

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On May 12-14, 2015, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the Pathways to Sustainability: Together We Can Eliminate Child Labour in Agriculture conference convened key stakeholders from Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda, the United States and Switzerland for discussions on numerous topics related to child labor, and to reach consensus on the activities and policies necessary to eradicate child labor in agriculture.

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On May 11, 2015, at Phnom Penh International Airport, 59 fishermen returned home — some for the first time in five years. The men had suffered as modern day slaves on fishing vessels on the waters surrounding Indonesia.