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Mocha Celis High School caught La Nacion‘s attention. In this Argentinean high school, transgender students who have dropped out of school can now complete their studies without fear of discrimination. Currently, 150 students aged 16 to 70 are working towards their high school diploma. The name of the school is extremely important. Born in Tucumán, Mocha Celis was a transvestite known for her fight against violence, murdered after receiving numerous threats from a police officer. She couldn’t read or write. Its history reflects the extreme vulnerability and human rights violations that the transgender community still faces in Argentina. Marginalized, criminalised until recently, trans people have a life expectancy of fewer than 35 years and struggle to access education and find a decent job.
While cultural differences tend to divide people, the creators of Radio Chiara, a multilingual Swiss radio station, swim against the tide, trying to transform their differences into a common force. This radio station broadcasts voices, stories and songs from migrants from different countries. The hope is to create a close network between cultures in order to facilitate integration. An article by La Regione.