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Is the future of AI inclusive?

September 24, 2018

“The idea is that we are building our own MIT here,” says Roya Mahboob, founder of Digital Citizen fund, and one of the first Afghan women to become C...

Motherboard VICE

The All-Girl Afghan Robotics Team Was Banned from Entering the US. Now It’s Inspiring a Revolution

May 4, 2018

“It’s time to take our future into our own hands,” Roya Mahboob told me.A year ago, the Afghan entrepreneur represented a four-strong girl’s Robotics ...

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Define your fears, and be free

February 13, 2018

I met Cynthia at a café in Goa, India, and before that, I had never realised how important it was to define my fears.She did it with ease and grace wi...

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This is the moment

January 31, 2018

This is the moment women speak up.This is the moment women express themselves.This is the moment women march for women.This is the moment men march fo...

Motherboard VICE

Young Iranians Are Using These Apps to Bypass Government Oppression

August 28, 2017

Last May, Iranians re-elected president Hassan Rouhani, a reformist leader, in hopes he will slowly edge Iran toward a more open and progressive socio...

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Hiding in plain sight: How a champion Pakistani athlete eluded the Taliban for years

July 20, 2017

“I come from the same blood as Taliban,” Maria Toorpakai Wazir said in a recent speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum, a human rights conference that happe...

Al Jazeera

Kenya’s Ogiek win land case against government

May 30, 2017

Ngongongeri, Nakuru County, Kenya – Kenya’s Ogiek, an indigenous minority of hunters and gatherers, have won a historic case against the K...


In Greece, lack of legal aid leaves migrants and refugees guessing

November 25, 2016

Most questions that international nongovernmental organizations get from refugees and migrants sheltering in Greece these days have to do with how the...

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USA: Get Real

November 10, 2016

Last night I woke up at 4am and checked my phone to know what the hell was happening with the US election. I don’t know why I was so anxious, I am not...

Al Jazeera

Afghanistan: Using technology to empower women

July 22, 2016

Roya Mahboob knew that she wanted to build a career in technology from the first time she set her eyes on a computer in the only internet cafe in Hera...

The Guardian

Child marriage in Nepal: ‘A girl is a girl, not a wife’

June 7, 2016

“Am I a girl, or a mother?” Rachana Sunar opens her speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum quoting one of the child brides she has been supporting in the pa...


7 practical steps for development practitioners to work for reform

May 18, 2016

Ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit next week, discussions are ramping up within the aid community about how to open up to smaller, local actors. H...

Words In the Bucket

Delivering truth in Sudan

May 3, 2016

In a recent article about Independent Journalism, Libyan Freelance Journalist Ayat Mneina said in a that she was driven by one idea: that the truth wo...


Unlocking opportunities for smallholder farmers

February 22, 2016

Last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the World Food Program announced a landmark agreement that centers on smallholder farmer...


3 climate finance innovations for food security

December 17, 2015

Mission Innovation, announced by U.S. President Barack Obama at the Paris climate change conference, put innovation firmly in the spotlight. Finding i...


Resilience? It’s all about the people

November 10, 2015

In an emergency, the primary response to a crisis is a humanitarian one.This is by default a short-term response, when most of the problems are long-t...

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The Hidden Genocide

July 16, 2015

The Nuba Mountains are situated in Central Sudan, in the South Kordofan state, and it is one of the most remote and inaccessible places in the country...

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The Charlie Hebdos you don’t hear about

January 14, 2015

Charlie Hebdo has become the face of freedom of expression worldwide. The hashtag “Je Suis Charlie” or “I am Charlie” was used millions of times and s...

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A look at consciousness movements

September 25, 2014

Today marks the 37th year since Steve Bantu Biko’s funeral. On this day, in 1977, more than 10000 people attended his funeral – including diplomats fr...

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The Barbershop Conference

September 10, 2014

“Men—I would like to take this opportunity to extend your formal invitation. Gender equality is your issue too”. Emma Watson’s speech at the launch of...

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On Feminism: culture does not make people, people make culture

September 4, 2014

Feminism is often branded in the wrong way: many think of women who grow their armpit hairs really long, have loads of meaningless sex (what is that a...

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Women empowerment: a question of choice

July 12, 2014

Gender is at the top of the agenda in International Development.“ Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” is the third Millennium Development Goal ...