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12/14/2012 | Mary Madiga

Mary Madiga’s blogs aimed at a global audience have made people listen in her own state for the first time.

HIV, discrimination and Islam

06/20/2012 | Clodagh Miskelly

Siphiwe Hlophe, founder of Swaziland Positive Living, stands next to a giant elevated ribbon, made with over 6,000 red flowers representing the number of people that die every day of AIDS related illnesses - Steve Forrest | Panos Pictures

One woman living with HIV talks about the importance of her faith in living with her condition and the challenges of tackling stigma and discrimination amongst Muslims.

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.

Blow to women’s rights in Mali

05/02/2012 | Soumaïla T Diarra

Farima Samake, a widow from Gwelekoro village in Mali, pictured with her family. She believes education gives women more choices in life - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

A new ‘Family Code’ law, passed earlier this year in Mali, has dashed hopes of increasing women’s rights in the strongly patriarchal West African country

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.

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.

Boarding over the holidays

12/21/2011 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Students outside of their classroom at the Mohripur Government Primary School - Zackary Canepari | Panos Pictures

On December 25 we plan to celebrate Quaid-e-azam day. It means “father of the nation” and commemorates the birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of our country. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but we do teach the children the importance of international events and special days.

Ramadan brings food for the poor

08/02/2011 | Zubaida Noor

Zubaida Noor's charity provides food to hundreds of households during Ramadan

August is the month of Ramadan and we have a lot of activities going on. We give out food packages to around 400 households. These include dry food and goat meat.

I was a political prisoner in Tibet for 27 years

01/18/2011 | Divya Gupta

Ama Adhe describes her incredible story to Divya Gupta about her experience of life in Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1949, and then the life she endured as she was beset by personal tragedy and imprisonment.

Can religion help to fight climate change?

09/15/2010 | Wasantha Ramanyake

The Indian state of Kerala has just hosted an international conference looking at the role of faith in fighting climate change. Earlier this year Wasantha Ramanyake spoke to activists whose religion inspires their environmental activities.

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