Fortnightly links: destination Europe, social media lynch mobs, a country of contradictions, and more

Somwati Bai leads a gram sabha meeting in Madhya Pradesh, India (UNDP/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Somwati Bai leads a gram sabha meeting in Madhya Pradesh, India (UNDP/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

On the ABC Dr Serene J Khadar questions whether women’s economic empowerment leads to empowerment in a broader sense.

Rebecca Peters became one of the world’s foremost gun-control experts after the Port Arthur massacre. Now, she’s in Guatemala, devoting her life to the victims of gun crime.

Destination Europe: frustration, desperation, homecoming, evacuation is a multi-part special report by IRIN News on the choices and challenges for refugees, as the EU sets new policies and makes deals with African nations to deter the hundreds of thousands of migrants seeking new lives on the continent.

Shashi Tharoor writes about India’s problem with “social media lynch mobs” for Project Syndicate.

A country of contradictions, a nation of extremes; ABC’s PNG correspondent Eric Tlozek reflects on his three years in Port Moresby.

This film for National Geographic’s Short Film Showcase shares the story of Beatrice Nyariara, who organised self-defense classes for ‘grandmothers’ in Korogocho, one of Nairobi’s most dangerous slums, to combat the high rate of sexual assault.

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Sachini Muller

Sachini Muller was a Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She is currently completing a Master of Globalisation at ANU.

Terence Wood

Terence Wood is a Fellow at the Development Policy Centre. His research focuses on political governance in Western Melanesia, and Australian and New Zealand aid.

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