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‘Nobody is coming to help us’: Afghan teenage girls on life without school

Barred from school for 1,000 days, girls in Afghanistan face forced marriage, violence and isolation with no end in sightJust over three years ago, Asma’s* future contained many possibilities. Aged 15, she was at secondary school. After that lay the pr…

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Too ill to work, too poor to get better: how debt traps families working at India’s kilns

Forced to travel far to find gruelling work making bricks, women and children fall sick but cannot access healthcareThe phrase “khat rahein hain” (“being worn down”) is how Suma Devi describes her 16 years of labouring at the brick kilns near the city …

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‘I want to decide my vote for myself’: how women are shaping India’s political landscape

Emboldened by the financial independence offered by self-help groups, women in rural Odisha are increasingly becoming a force politicians have to reckon withBasanti Sabar, 30, is a third-time voter. But this time round, as the eastern Indian state of O…

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Can journalism survive the Taliban? – documentary

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.  With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, many of the paper’s staff wer…

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Can journalism survive the Taliban?

The Etilaat Roz was once the most widely circulated newspaper in Kabul, but everything changed in August 2021 when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. With journalists tortured in the street for their reporting, the paper’s staff were forced to fl…

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From Colombia to Syria justice is possible for survivors of sexual violence in war – but we need the right ‘ecosystem’ | Clara Sandoval

For the first time Ukraine had the right conditions to make reparations to those subjected to crimes such as rape and sexual slavery. What would it take to replicate this globally?Across the world, women and girls continue to be plagued by gross human …

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‘Husband eaters’: the double loss of Bangladesh’s ostracised tiger widows

After the trauma of losing their spouse and breadwinner to the Sundarbans’ great predator, women are cast out by their superstitious communities. But they are coming together to rebuild their livesNobody saw exactly what happened in the minutes leading…

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Married at 10, abused and forced to flee without her children: an Afghan woman on life under the Taliban

Now living in comparative freedom in Iran, 26-year-old Mahtab Eftekhar describes facing motherhood at 12 and explains why seeking justice for other women means she no longer fears deathAt the age of 10, while still in the third grade, I received news f…

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Rapunzel reimagined: the women retelling fairytales to challenge notions of perfection

And They Lived … Ever After is a south Asian book of reworked European classics written by women with disabilities A deaf Snow White, a blind Cinderella, a neurodivergent ugly duckling and a wheelchair-using Rapunzel: classic European fairytales have b…

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As India goes to the polls, can democracy deliver a better life for all of its people?

Behind a veneer of progress, injustice and inequality propped up by corruption and the caste system haunt the subcontinentThis year, more than 80 countries and half the world’s population face elections. While many islands in the Caribbean go to the po…

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Tall tales but no dessert: the storyteller of Karachi and his ice-cream cart library

In a country where 77% of 10-year-olds are illiterate, a reading scheme in Pakistan is reaching thousands of children in slumsPedalling down a narrow alleyway in Karachi’s crowded Lyari Town, Saira Bano slows as she passes a group of children sitting o…

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