'Women's suffrage marks a watershed moment for equality in many countries.' Photo of woman voting in Sudan by United Nations Photos under Creative Commons licence.

'Women's suffrage marks a watershed moment for equality in many countries.' Photo of woman voting in Sudan by United Nations Photos under Creative Commons licence.

'Women's suffrage marks a watershed moment for equality in many countries.' Photo of woman voting in Sudan by United Nations Photos under Creative Commons licence.

In the final instalment of our blog series on the 80 moments that shaped the world in the last 80 years, we turn to number ten: the move towards greater equality for women in many parts of the world. The British Council's Fiona Pape looks back at how far we've come.

The name 'spam' for unsolicited bulk email is said to come from a classic Monty Python comedy sketch, in which the canned meat is shown as ubiquitous and unavoidable. Photo by freezelight under Creative Commons licence.

The name 'spam' for unsolicited bulk email is said to come from a classic Monty Python comedy sketch, in which the canned meat is shown as ubiquitous and unavoidable. Photo by freezelight under Creative Commons licence.

The name 'spam' for unsolicited bulk email is said to come from a classic Monty Python comedy sketch, in which the canned meat is shown as ubiquitous and unavoidable. Photo by freezelight under Creative Commons licence.

We're continuing to count down our series on the 80 moments that shaped the world over the past 80 years. Today we turn to number 26, the invention and widespread use of email. Elinor Carmi, a PhD candidate at the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmith’s College in London, explains.

'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee on Flickr / CC.

'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee, Flickr / CC.

'Knowing languages is a skill that will never fall out of fashion.' Photo by Matthew Burpee on Flickr / CC.

Alex Rawlings, who won a competition to find Britain's most multi-lingual student in 2011, explains why learning foreign languages is so rewarding, and how his school helped set him on this path.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

'Desertification will ultimately damage the planet’s ability to provide what we need to live.' Photo by Lighttruth on Flickr under Creative Commons licence.

The 'Drylands, Deserts and Desertification' (DDD) conference, organised by Ben Gurion University’s Blaustein Institute for Desert Research (BIDR) in Israel, with a panel discussion hosted by the British Council, takes place this week on 17-20 November. Vivian Futran Fuhrman, PhD candidate at Ben Gurion University, explains why desertification is a threat to us all.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

'For creative-minded people, Istanbul is a treasure. It’s full of stories waiting to be told, truths waiting to be uncovered.' Photo of novelist Elif Shafak by Chris Boland under Creative Commons licence.

Best-selling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak spoke to the British Council's Ted Hodgkinson about how her global perspective has influenced her hugely successful fiction, ahead of a live-streamed discussion in Manchester on Wednesday 19 November, on how travel inspires new writing.