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Mussels and Equality: A Chilean village’s specialties

How four sisters empowered women and changed their community.

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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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2016 Global Citizenship Conference Recap: What a Week!

The 2016 GCC at Universidad de La Frontera in Temuco, Chile celebrated the Melton Foundation's 25th anniversary. Here are some of the week's highlights:

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Co-Designing in the Amazon: A travel & work journal

Diego was selected to participate at IDDS Amazon, a two-week permaculture-themed summit that brought together 40 participants from all over the world to co-create innovative solutions with local community members of fishing and farming communities along the river banks of the Amazon River in northern Brazil. This is his journal from that trip.

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Melton Fellow campaign wins prize at Millennium Campus Conference

Beryl Nana Ama Akuffo-Kwapong, a Junior Fellow from Ashesi University, attended the annual conference of the Millenium Campus Network, a nonprofit geared toward training and supporting the next generation of leaders in global development. Here's her report:

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A slice of adolescence: Sex (mis)education in India

It took my body another half a decade to embark on the tumultuous journey called puberty. By then, I was helplessly trapped ....

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A global citizen’s journey: Dreaming of solar energy for all

In November of 2011, I was returning from class in Calcutta, India. I remember stopping at a tiny shop and buying a few things to eat. Right below the shop, I noticed some smoke coming out and when I bent down I noticed a lady, barely crouching, cooking food over a wood fired stove and coughing profusely because of the toxic fumes that she was inhaling.

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G20 in Hangzhou: A local global citizen’s perspective

Shuning Lu, a junior Fellow from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, reflects on the presence of the G20 in her city.

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Senior Fellow “godparents” give back to younger generation

The strength of the Melton Foundation network lies not just in the ideas and perspectives emerging from diverse cultures and disciplines, but also in the ability to motivate and assist each other. To further boost this support structure, the MF has a mentoring program called the MF Godparents. Through this program, every Junior Fellow joining the foundation is teamed up with a Senior Fellow “Godparent” to make the best out of their fellowship. Senior Fellow and Godparent Pooja Veerappa shares her experience:

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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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