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Cuba's New Generation of Independent Women Journalists

Writers are making the most of online opportunities. A new generation of independent female journalists is emerging in Cuba, despite ongoing censorship and repression. Cuba ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the latest Freedom of the Press Index from Reporters Without Borders. Although internet ...

Turkmenistan's Growing Economic Crisis

Central Asia's most isolated state remains set against reforms. Amid an ongoing economic crisis, Turkmenistan's government is currently struggling to finish a series of lavish building projects ahead of hosting the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games this September. The event will see more than ...

Traumatic Night Raids Haunt Afghan Women

Counter-terror tactic seen as an unacceptable violation of privacy with long-term consequences. At 11pm on the night of April 3, 2016, Bibi Sahra was woken by a group of armed soldiers storming into her family home. The 37-year-old, from the village of Qala Taqai in Baraki Barak district, recounted ...

Afghanistan: IWPR Trainee Hailed for Groundbreaking Investigation

Story on the taboo of sexual rejection amongst Afghan women wins numerous accolades. An IWPR reporter has received widespread acclaim for her investigative report on the sexual frustration of women whose husbands take more wives. Naqiba Barakzai spent more than ten months working on the ...

IWPR Hosts Syrian Women on Landmark US Tour

A rare opportunity to hear perspectives which remain largely uncovered. Syrian female journalists and civil society activists briefed US policymakers and journalists on their wartime experiences during a week-long tour organised by IWPR. L to R: Noha Alkamcha, Zaina Erhaim, Charlie Rose, Yasmin ...

Afghans Angry Over Fake Medicine

Trade in out-of-date or counterfeit medication is booming in country's east. For the last year Ziaullah, a resident of Jalalabad city in the eastern province of Nangarhar, has been regularly taking the medicine his doctor prescribed to treat his kidney stones. But his agonising condition had not ...

Central Asia's Freedom of Speech Stalemate

Space for critical debate shrinks further amid economic crises and fears over extremism. Freedom of speech is deteriorating across Central Asia, with the authorities either shoring up already tight controls over media or taking further steps  to intimidate any independent voices. Critics warn that ...

Child Malnutrition Mounts in Afghan Province

Increased fighting and an ongoing economic downturn are leaving many at risk of serious health problems. Rising numbers of children in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar are suffering from malnutrition, according to local health officials, with more than 36,000 in need of assistance. ...

My Wheelchair and I

Overcoming disability to help others. On May 29, 2012 I took my four-month old baby in my arms and went to visit my family as usual. I was 28 years old. But that evening was different. Regime forces and rebels had clashed in the neighbouring village, and many people had fled to take refuge with us. ...

Afghanistan: Women Seek Refuge in Safe Houses

The whole concept of such shelters remains controversial in this deeply conservative country. The beatings began soon after Zahra, now 22, was married off to a 75-year old man in exchange for a large bride price.  My father was blinded by money and he gave me in marriage to this man,' she told ...

Afghanistan: The Female Engineers Rebuilding History

Groundbreaking project showcases women's achievements in a male-dominated industry. The ruins of Kabul's once grand Darulaman Palace, devastated by decades of war, have long been an iconic sight in the capital. An ambitious Afghan-led 16 million US dollar reconstruction project agreed in May 2016 ...

Karabakh's April War, One Year Later

Diplomatic efforts have stalled with little progress in sight.   A year after the worst clashes between Azerbaijani forces and the Armenian-backed Karabakh army since the 1994 ceasefire, regional experts warn that any future outbreak of violence is likely to be even deadlier. More than a dozen ...