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Compensation for rape victims, or justice?

06/27/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Detail from a poster made by WAD (Women Action for Development), the organisation that Ambra works for - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.

From ridicule to fulfillment; ‘I have made the journey’

06/06/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Ambra showing her son's high school marks - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.

Mali rebellion stirs fear in rural villages

05/28/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Armed Tuareg man herding sheep in this remote and insecure area north of Gao - Crispin Hughes | Panos Pictures

As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.

Controversy as methadone treatment reaches Manipur

05/21/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and relatives lighting candles - Thingnam Anjulika | Panos London

Ambra blogs about some controversial topics around treating people with drug dependencies in Manipur. Also, a new initiative looks to diagnose HIV in infants as early as possible.

When people starve they do things they know are bad for them

05/17/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Kaidia holds some néré pods - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”

Change comes when we break the silence

05/16/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan recording a woman's story - Stella Paul | Panos London

Citizen journalism and knowledge-sharing can make an impact, and Bhan’s work shows it. She blogs about how she helps people in remote conflict areas, who often can’t read or write, use the internet and mobile phones to make themselves heard.

Being jailed made me into a leader

05/11/2012 | Mary Madiga

A meeting of the Telengana Mahila Mahajena Samakhya (All Dalit Women’s Association of Telengana) - Stella Paul | Panos London

Looking back over how she became the activist she is today, Mary Madiga is proud to be a Dalit – “people who are broken in body, but not in spirit”.

Leaders must think of rural people – we are starving

05/04/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women from Gwelekoro village processing cereals - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

Kaidia explains the urgent matters that the new Mali government must attend to – the economy, education and hunger.

A passion for cricket teaches valuable lessons

05/02/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Children play cricket at the Sheffield Grammar School in Pakistan - Tim Smith | Panos Pictures

Maimoona’s school has organised a sports week, something that normally happens at expensive private schools in Pakistan. She blogs about the benefits of the event for her young students.

Our government has chosen power plants over paddy

04/30/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Farmers in Janigir Champa who are about to lose their land - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan Sahu blogs about a new campaign she is organising, helping those who are being displaced from fertile farmland to make room for 34 thermal power plants.

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