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13th February: what’s in a date?

Feb 13, 2012 | Tim Williams

The location of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris - Tim Williams | Panos London

Tim Williams had the pleasure of voting through the proposal for World Radio Day at the UNESCO general conference. But who would have guessed that establishing a date would be such a diplomatic minefield?

Democracy “is a farce” in Manipur polls

Jan 27, 2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Villagers cast their vote amidst high security in the polling station in Moirang. About 62 percent of the 802,000 registered voters voted in an incident-free second phase of Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on April 22nd 2009 - Sanjit Das | Panos Pictures

The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.

From melon to haircuts, prices rise for Nigerians

Jan 23, 2012 | Armsfree Onomo Ajanaku

Odutuyo Muibat - Sunday Akinlolu | Panos London

Armsfree looks into the link between Nigerian fuel subsidies and the recent food price protests, and speaks with the Nigerians affected by these changes.

The biggest challenge is apathy

Jan 23, 2012 | Bhan Sahu

Efforts are on to raise awareness among Dalit and tribal people -mostly women - of Kaudikasa to know and cliam their rights - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan returns with a blog for us about social change in rural India and how this can come about by claiming ownership over community affairs.

People hope for change as elections approach

Jan 20, 2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona teaching her class - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

We are not as politically aware, we mostly watch Pakistan state TV and there is not too much news on this channel. But even though the people are not following the news avidly, there is uncertainty in the air. And people do want change now.

Reflections on Durban

Jan 17, 2012 | Tim Williams

Panos Caribbean; London and South Africa all represented at the COP.From left to right Indi McLymont- Lafayette; Tim Williams and Vusumuzi Sifile - Tim Williams | Panos London

Tim looks back at CoP17, working with the Climate Change Media Partnership, and offers a critique of the communications process underpinning the conference.

“What women need is economic independence”

Jan 4, 2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan Sahu

In her first blog, Bhan Sahu tells us about rural entrepreneurs in the Indian village of Vihiri, who are taking their futures in their own hands.

Pink Sari gang fights injustice

Nov 25, 2011 | Deepa Jainani

Gang members demonstrate in Banda, Uttar Pradesh - Deepa Jainani | Panos London

Sampat Pal has become an unlikely heroine to tens of thousands of poor women across India as the leader of the Gulabi Gang (“gulabi”, meaning pink in Hindi, refers to the colour of their saris).

Fast intervention and working together saves women’s lives

Oct 28, 2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Women sell knives at the “Women’s Market” in Imphal. Manipuri women have traditionally borne the brunt of economic responsibilities in the household - Takhelchangbam Ambravati | Panos London

Recently we have been trying to re-awaken and re-invigorate government departments and bodies, trying to get them involved in ensuring justice for the women who are survivors of violence and discrimination.

Tax research on primetime Ugandan radio

Aug 3, 2011 | Tania Ghosh

A senior tax collector / Jan Banning | Panos Pictures

Tax and governance issues hit primetime airways in Uganda as a result of a workshop bringing journalists and researchers together.

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