India’s ‘Pink Warriors’ take on injustice — Deutsche Welle de

Clad in pink colored saris and armed with sticks, a gang of women is fighting rapists, domestic abuse, corrupt officials and patriarchy in India. (…) Today, Sampat Pal Devi’s group has over 300,000 members spread across the villages in the state of Uttar Pradesh. She has opened schools and training centers for women where they…

Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People — Asia Foundation org

As the 2014 presidential election and security transition approaches, what do Afghan citizens think of critical issues in the country? On December 5 in Kabul, and Canberra, The Asia Foundation released findings from Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, the longest-running public opinion poll in the country. Over 9,000 Afghan citizens across…

Pakistan:Flouting of laws – By Hamid Maker on The Nation com

The recent horrific fires in a garment factory in Baldia Town, Karachi and a shoe factory in Lahore, which claimed the lives of over 300 innocent citizens, including women and children, were preventable. Inefficiency, corruption and flouting of the Building and Safety Laws by the management and government departments have contributed to these preventable tragedies….

‘Afghanistan’s superhero: mobile phones fight crime, liberate women and enrich the poor’ – Global Envision org’s article on Roshan Mobile an entrepreneurial arm of the Aga Khan Development Network

Photo: Roshan As Afghanistan’s leading telecommunications provider, Roshan’s mobile phone service is transforming security, information sharing and entrepreneurship in the world’s second most corrupt country. In June, Shainoor Khoja spoke to an audience at Mercy Corps about Roshan’s long-term investment in poverty alleviation through technology. Khoja described Roshan’s operations across Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, places most…