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Meet Mary Madiga – our new Dalit blogger from India

03/07/2012 | Stella Paul

Mary Madiga, a Dalit activist from India - Stella Paul | Panos London

Meet Mary Madiga as the newest contributor to our Voices from the Ground blog. Mary Madiga, 39, is a Dalit social activist in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh state in southern India.

Right to live: a community-led campaign in the making

03/02/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Two women taking part in the community consultation - Stella Paul | Panos London

When many people are being forced to migrate into cities to find work, Bhan Sahu has been helping rural Indian communities work together to challenge corruption and make the most of government employment schemes in their own villages.

Radio keeps us informed through the drought

02/29/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Dogon women listening to the radio as they work, Mali - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

With the worsening food shortage in Mali, Kaidia tells us how local radio is sharing valuable information with rural communities.

School books are being priced out of reach

02/24/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

A student heads home with his books from the Mohripur Government Primary School. The school has no desks and no electricity - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

Maimoona tells us about rising book prices hitting the poorest students at her school and how some families struggle to cope. What would you do to support a school child in need?

No one here escapes malaria

02/10/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Village women listen to an educational talk regarding the dangers of female circumcision - Alfredo Caliz | Panos Pictures

Kaidia blogs about health issues for the children of Mali, from malaria to female genital mutilation.

Lucky few study beyond high school

02/09/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

Once they complete their Matriculation exams, most of the children in Maimoona’s school, especially the boys, have to find work.

Fight for justice pays off for girl injured in crossfire

02/06/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan talking to an elderly village woman in Nagrabeda - a village where Maoists are very active. Despite many challenges, somewomen in the vilage have now started a community welfare group - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan Sahu tells us about community relations and how she keeps in contact with the people in surrounding villages. By keeping good relationships, she sometimes hears of impact stories that she was previously unaware of.

Making pregnancy safer in Mali

02/01/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Kadia Keita, a local midwife, is pictured with some of the babies that she has helped to deliver at the health centre in Bomau village - Abbie Trayler-Smith | Panos Pictures

Kaidia talks to us about pregnancy in Mali – the risks and the changes that are helping to improve the health of mothers and children.

Democracy “is a farce” in Manipur polls

01/27/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Villagers cast their vote amidst high security in the polling station in Moirang. About 62 percent of the 802,000 registered voters voted in an incident-free second phase of Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on April 22nd 2009 - Sanjit Das | Panos Pictures

The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.

The biggest challenge is apathy

01/23/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Efforts are on to raise awareness among Dalit and tribal people -mostly women - of Kaudikasa to know and cliam their rights - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan returns with a blog for us about social change in rural India and how this can come about by claiming ownership over community affairs.

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