In honor of World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development on May 21 and the campaign to “do one thing for diversity,” IREX is pleased to highlight the recent efforts of two Russian students, Anastasia and Alina, who coordinated events promoting tolerance and cultural awareness in their home communities. Both students are alumni of the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program, implemented by IREX.
Despite Malaysia being a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society, discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons has reached “new levels of intensity” according to Human Rights Watch’s latest report on Malaysia. For this year’s International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, IREX spoke about the state of LGBT rights in Malaysia with Julian Sanjivan, a Community Solutions leader and a former manager at PT Foundation, the largest community based organization in Malaysia dealing with issues of gender, sexuality, and HIV.
IREX is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 Short-Term Travel Grant fellowship recipients. This year's fellows will be traveling to 16 countries across Eastern Europe and Eurasia to perform policy relevant field research. After they complete their fellowship, their research findings will be posted on the IREX online library.
Nearly 5,000 leaders across Eurasia successfully completed the Muskie Fellowship Program over the last twenty years. Many alumni are now high-ranking diplomats and healthcare reformers, anti-corruption activists and education advocates, business leaders and well-known journalists.IREX compiled some of their interesting stories and highlighted the impact of the Program in a special 20th anniversary collection.