Election Surprise Opens Window of Change in Sri Lanka
Incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa expected an easy win, but instead he was ousted by a candidate pledging to govern as “a servant, not an authoritarian”.
Afghans Unconvinced by Ghani, 100 Days On
Interviews reflect sense of disappointment that new president hasn’t lived up to expectations.
Afghan Civil Society Groups Face Massive Challenges
Lack of awareness of what NGOs do means they need to work harder to get their message across.
Afghans Slam Government Corruption
Calls for institutional reforms to boost public trust in officialdom.
Long Delays, Harsh Conditions for Afghans Awaiting Trial
Authorities in Laghman and Paktika provinces urged to do more to ensure basic standards are met in prison system.
Afghans Call for More Effective Local Spending
Provincial needs ignored when budget allocations are decided by central government.
Corruption Claimed in Afghan Civil Service Appointments
When public servants are picked for their political connections, transparency and probity go out the window.
Education Link to Afghan Insurgency
Taleban footsoldiers are typically the least educated members of society, Farah residents say.
Afghans Debate Sexual Equality and Schooling
Custom often dictates that boys get an education while girls are left "one step behind", speakers at discussion events say.
Global Voices: Asia
Kenya: Women Bearing the Brunt of Climate Change
An ongoing drought has served to amplify historic gender inequalities in arid areas of the country.
Philippines: Single Mothers Continue to Fight Stigma
The notion of family is still strongly influenced by rigid norms in this conservative nation.
Ukraine: War Teens
The lives of hundreds of thousands of young people have been shaped by Russia’s confrontation with Ukraine.
Will We See a Sovereign Central Asia?
As Moscow’s grip falters, and Beijing ups its influence, the region is seeing intriguing moves towards collective agreement and integration.
“Justice is Costly, but Also Priceless.”
Head of Nobel peace prize winning NGO tells IWPR that Ukraine must win a “fundamental battle of values”.
Cuba’s LGTBI Community Demands Change
Although discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation is illegal, the reality is different.