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The Big Hashtag

In 2007 , a single mother and her son left the most dangerous country in the world to move to a safer place. And this is where the story begins ....

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The freedom to dream: Gender equality dialogues

I have always believed that I have a strong sense of justice, and that makes me strive to identify the various forms inequality takes around me. But I see gender inequality the most. I see it everywhere...

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FSU Jena conference recap: Creating a more inclusive society

Us vs. the others? Why do we actually think in such categories? Who defines who is ‘us’ or ‘the others’?

  Such questions were raised during the conference hosted by the Melton Foundation at Friedrich Schiller University (FSU) in Jena, Germany on  June 17 and 18. With the conference, FSU Melton Fellows created a space for diverse communities to meet, to get to know each other and to exchange stories. But what does it take to break this type of […]

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Listen Up! A crash course in empathy

Understanding others can be done in two steps: First, you have to understand yourself, your privileges and your oppressions.

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“We’re normal, just not common”: Swinging both ways in India

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if someone walked up to you and said you weren’t ‘allowed’ to have four limbs? That you would have to either hide or fight something you were born with?

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How to be a hummingbird: A lesson on Global Citizenship

There are so many things in the world we would like to change: but where to start? Here’s how anyone can learn to make a difference ...

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On a refugee’s journey, one small incident can change everything

I’d like to share a personal encounter which I had in a refugee camp. A story that may help you understand what individuals who get caught up in this multinational chaos have to deal with during their journeys...

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Global citizenship: Bursting the bubble

Life doesn’t come with warnings. Neither does it make announcements. The things that change your life always happen in the blink of an eye. And one life-changing experience happened to nineteen young adults from across the globe in January 2016 ...

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This Melton Fellow is meeting refugees halfway

Many people feel powerless as they watch a human catastrophe such as the European refugee crisis unfold. But not Melton Fellow Leo Schwarz. Leo decided he could not sit idle while so many people were experiencing unspeakable suffering so close to his doorstep. Read about his journey!

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