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‘No alternatives’ drive HIV positive woman to sex work

04/16/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

An AIDS awareness poster hangs in a corner of Nungshi's hut - Anjulika Thingnam | Panos London

Caring for two children can be difficult in Manipur, especially when you have no means of stable income. Some women turn to the only source of income available to them. Women Action for Development has been supporting Nungshi (not her real name) to start a new life.

We are fighting a deep-rooted system of exclusion

03/29/2012 | Mary Madiga

A Dalit woman reads the programme at the 2006 Vanangana conference in Chitrakoot. Vanangana, a women's group dedicated to human rights issues, receives strong support from the Dalit community - Ami Vitale | Panos Pictures

Mary Madiga blogs about how she became involved in politics and her dedication to democracy.

The uncounted people: waste-pickers of India

03/21/2012 | Stella Paul

Woman picking over burning piles of rubbish on the edge of Mumbai's biggest slum, Dharavi, a thriving mix of poverty and enterprise that is home to over one million people - Mark Henley | Panos Pictures

It would be hard to call it a “living” but waste-picking allows Chinnamma to pay the Rs 1,500 monthly rent on her hut in a nearby slum. Without it she would be evicted. However, her means of survival is now under threat.

‘Mob justice’ follows rape allegation

03/14/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

A rape survivor in the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre - Sven Torfinn | Panos Pictures

Ambra’s support group is helping a young girl who became the victim of ‘mob justice’ after a Manipur policeman’s suicide put her in the firing line.

Leadership is sometimes not an option, but a duty

03/12/2012 | Mary Madiga

Raghunathpur - Mary's village in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh state in India where she became the first Dalit girl to go to school - Stella Paul | Panos London

Our new blogger Mary Madiga, who was the first Dalit girl in her community to go to school, reflects on changing religion and being educated when social stigma was pushing against her.

Designing technology with girls in mind

03/08/2012 | Clodagh Miskelly

Disadvantaged women and girls need to be involved in information technology from the design stage, says Clodagh Miskelly, who calls on ICT developers to make this happen.

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.

Hunger rife among India’s tribal children

02/15/2012 | Divya Gupta

Anita feeds her 18 month old malnourished daughter Rajni at the nutritional rehabilitation centre in the pediatric ward at Maharani Laxmibai Medical College in Jhansi - Sanjit Das | Panos Pictures

A new Save the Children report claims that half of all children in India are stunted from malnutrition, with many going without food entirely. Divya Gupta visited tribal communities in Madhya Pradesh to discover what it means not to have enough food.

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.

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