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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.

Seeking a new state for the powerless

08/16/2012 | Mary Madiga

“We have no land, no education and little power to make decisions. So, we don’t have a voice.” In her own words, our blogger Mary Madiga explains why she has joined a movement fighting for a new state: Telangana.

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’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.

‘Land and natural resources must belong to the people’

07/18/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Villagers take part in a non-violent march to demand their rights to land and resources - Ekta Parishad

In her latest blog Bhan Sahu tells us about a non-violent civil resistance movement, inspired by Gandhi, which aims to bring about social and land reform in India.

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.

Family planning: a collection of perspectives

07/09/2012 | Rob Safar

Sierra Leone: Traditional birth attendant, Isatu Kargbo, examines a pregnant woman - Jenny Matthews | Panos Pictures

With the London Summit on Family Planning this Wednesday, we wanted to showcase some of the decisions and dilemmas people around the world face when it comes to sexual health and planning a family.

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.

Reframing Africa’s story

06/22/2012 | Tim Williams

Panos London’s senior media advisor took part in a debate on the African Diaspora media. Panellists and the audience discussed the role the African Diaspora media has to play in challenging the traditional narrative of Africa as a place of war, poverty and hunger.

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