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Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

09/24/2012 | Kaidia Samaké

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

‘Dazzle me’ editor tells climate change reporters

09/13/2012 | Magdalena Rossmann

As climate change is pulled down the news agenda, how do journalists in countries most affected by climate change get their readers excited about the topic?

Gender equality starts at home

09/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

What’s the best way to engage young people in social movements and politics? Bhan Sahu explains the small steps helping to create a new generation of leaders who want to change the system from the bottom upwards.

The village women who dare to bring change

08/22/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan believes you can’t wait for the government to change society – change needs to start with individuals. She tells us about three ordinary women who are challenging traditions in their villages.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

08/15/2012 | Lilly Peel

For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.

Olympic triumph unites communities in troubled Manipur

08/13/2012 | Thingnam Anjulika Samom

The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.

India’s women boxers come out fighting

08/07/2012 | Ranjita Biswas

Girls line up in front of boxing coach Razia Shabnam for a training session in the park - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

Flyweight boxer and Olympic bronze medalist, Mary Kom, is a hero to many aspiring boxers in Kolkata. Ranjita Biswas visits a poor neighbourhood of the city where boxing has given young women the confidence to challenge social norms.

Photo snapshot: women athletes inspire a generation

08/03/2012 | Lilly Peel

Runners prepare to set off on an annual 10k race for women founded by Moroccan gold medal winner Nawal El Moutawakel - Alfredo Caliz | Panos Pictures

Women line up to take part in a 10k race in Casablanca, set up by Moroccan Olympic gold medal winner Nawal El Moutawakel to promote sport among teenage girls. With women competing in all 26 sports for the first time, London 2012 is being dubbed the Women’s Games.

Photo snapshot: women’s boxing in Kabul

07/31/2012 | Lilly Peel

Members of the Afghan women's national boxing team pose in the hallway of the Olympic Stadium, Kabul - Mikhail Galustov | Panos Pictures

Here is another sporting photo to inspire you. This time it’s women boxers in Kabul. Afghanistan narrowly missed out having a woman boxer in the first Olympic women’s boxing competition.

Indian men increasingly opt to be sterilised

07/10/2012 | Deepa Jainani

Jag Roshan Sharma wanted a vasectomy in order to pay his children’s school fees. The choice to limit the family sizes is increasingly common and cash incentives are offered to women living below the poverty line to use birth control.

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