South Sudan's women are more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school. Photo courtesy of Oxfam International under Creative Commons

South Sudan's women are more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school. Photo courtesy of Oxfam International under Creative Commons

South Sudan's women are more likely to die in childbirth than complete primary school. Photo courtesy of Oxfam International under Creative Commons

High illiteracy rates and rigid gender roles are just two of the many challenges for the women of South Sudan. Tony Calderbank, the British Council's director in South Sudan, writes about their position in local society, and how the British Council is providing training to help them overcome some of the barriers they face.

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

Frozan Tajali from the Afghan national women’s team belts the ball. © Gabriela Maj / British Council

The enthusiasm for football is great in Afghanistan and stayed alive even under Taliban rule. Daud Rasool, Deputy Director British Council Afghanistan, walks us through a recent history and the transformational aspect of the Premier Skills programme on the lives of young Afghans.

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

Youth workers in the citizenship and diversity workshop (Image credit: Valentini Orfanidou)

From 26 May to 2 June 2013, the sixth annual European Youth Week (EYW2013) is celebrated across Europe. This year’s celebrations have a special focus on citizenship, the European Year of Citizens and 25 years of EU youth programmes. The British Council's Jeremy Barnett reports from a related workshop for youth workers.

According to the report, just 46% of women in Pakistan intend to vote in the upcoming elections. Photo of Hafsa Shaikh from Lahore by Umar Farooq.

According to the report, just 46% of women in Pakistan intend to vote in the upcoming elections. Photo of Hafsa Shaikh from Lahore by Umar Farooq.

According to the report, just 46% of women in Pakistan intend to vote in the upcoming elections. Photo of Hafsa Shaikh from Lahore by Umar Farooq.

Our new report 'Next Generation Goes to the Ballot Box' shows a generation of 18- to 29-year-olds in Pakistan concerned about their safety, jobs and institutions.

The YAANI Morocco team discuss the research approach for their policy briefs. (Image credit: Mehdi Bennasri)

The YAANI Morocco team discuss the research approach for their policy briefs. (Image credit: Mehdi Bennasri)

The YAANI Morocco team discuss the research approach for their policy briefs. (Image credit: Mehdi Bennasri)

Martin Rose, director of British Council Morocco, explains how we are empowering young people across the Middle East and North Africa to get involved in public policy.