The Arab Spring created a renewed buzz around the role ICTs and social media play in social change. Panos London’s Clodagh Miskelly and Tim Williams attended a conference to explore how new technologies are being used in Africa.
Panos London Newsletter
This month’s focus is on asking the right questions, and why that matters. A clumsily posed question in a sexual health clinic can mean the difference between a patient seeking treatment and shunning it – as our audio interview with a young African gay man reveals. It’s part of our work around patient engagement, challenging the usual power dynamic between health providers and health service users. This month our senior advisor Clodagh Miskelly spoke to members of the NHS Confederation keen to make improvements in this area. We also ask whether new technologies are the key to social change in Africa, and celebrate our blogger Bhan Sahu’s fellowship for her work on citizen journalism, as well as bringing you grassroots political action from Rwanda and a moving insight into the lives of Afghanistan’s mothers.
Great news – Bhan Sahu, our blogger from Chhattisgarh in central India, has been awarded a fellowship with the citizen journalism group CGNet Swara.
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.
Aunohita Mojumdar speaks to mothers, NGO workers and the Deputy Minister of Health in Afghanistan to examine the strains placed on women in the family – fertility, contraception and social pressures.
Women are rebuilding Rwanda from the grassroots to the highest tiers of parliament. Local journalist Didier Bikorimana speaks to grassroots leaders, university academics, schoolgirls and charity leaders to find out what has changed since 1994 and how they see their future.
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.
Marcos Lopes tells his story of reform, from being the leader of a street gang to leaving that life and reaching out to help others like him.