Activism

We Have to Include Men If We Want to Win the Fight Against FGM

Leslie Sinoway | Posted 06.02.2016 | UK
Leslie Sinoway

On Saturday 6th February it will be 13 years since the first International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation was marked in Nigeria. Organisations across the globe are continuing to fight FGM every single day and managing to remove some of the shroud of secrecy surrounding the practice...

A Quiet Anniversary on Egypt's Day of Rage

Charlotte Allan | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Charlotte Allan

At such an unhappy time, there might be some solace to Egypt's protestors in knowing that they were the best versions of themselves for a luminous moment that inspired the planet with the idea of what it could be, and that history will record the protestors as infinitely greater and braver than the people that ruled them before and, unfortunately, since.

Has Independent Living Failed to Deliver?

Simon Stevens | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Simon Stevens

I believe to move forward and achieve full meaningful inclusion for everyone, we need to be honest about the failings of independent living, as well as its achievements. This may require a new generation of believers who can take a fresh approach to what is needed to get the job done for everyone to have a meaningful place in society.

A Pound of Sugar for the New Year

Amy Kenyon | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK
Amy Kenyon

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I'm Occupying Queen's University: Here's Why

Bradley Allsop | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Bradley Allsop

I write these words from the administration building of Queen's University Belfast on day two of student activist group Fossil Free QUB's occupation of the building. We are occupying this building as an action of last resort: senior management at Queen's have settled for forestalling, patronising and ignoring instead of engaging with students that care passionately about their university and their climate.

Standing on the Shoulders of 18-year-olds

Rachel Lees | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK
Rachel Lees

With COP21 in full swing, COY acted as a charged and poignant prelude. For starters climate change will affect this generation more than any other. Secondly, it's on these teenage shoulders that our future rests...

My Life With the Warwick Rowers

Angus Malcolm | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Angus Malcolm

For the last six years, the men's rowing team at Warwick University have been producing a naked calendar. Nothing exceptional about that - there are a lot of naked charity calendars out there...

Does Slacktivism Really Exist?

Sarah Kwong | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Tech
Sarah Kwong

This portmanteau covers quite a few elements. It's one thing to say that a 'slacktivist' reaps 'good vibes' from taking action, and something completely different to say that what they've done will provide no real benefit to the cause, and that their 'good vibes' somehow contribute to that.

Four Days of Hell

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

So many times I have seen where charities, groups and movements fighting the same cause, wanting identical results refuse to pull together through differing opinions, politics and egos, but sadly, no matter what the issue, unless we can unite for what we are fighting for, world leaders and governments will always have the upper hand.

Why Is It Difficult to Talk About Race?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

When it comes to race issues we have overcome some challenges in this world, but the truth is that we are not living in a colour-blind, post-racial era. Racial inequalities still exist today - in some cases, extreme ones. We live mainly in societies where race is seen as a non-issue.

Three Reasons Why a Doctor's Strike Is Ethically Justifiable

Rajiv Chandegra | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Politics
Rajiv Chandegra

On 17th October 2015, I marched alongside over 15,000 fellow junior doctors to protest against the government's imposition of a new working contract. With the reverberating plea of "Save our NHS" we finally gathered around the humbling statue of Gandhi at Parliament Square.

Three Reasons Why Opposition to Animal Experiments Is Growing

Dr Nick Palmer | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK
Dr Nick Palmer

Change starts slowly in any well-established industry, but the foundations of support for animal experiments are crumbling. For the animals enduring this suffering, change is coming at last.

Being Charitable Has Never Felt So Good: The Rise of the 'Vanguardian'

Andrew Saunders | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Andrew Saunders

Last year the ice bucket challenge took centre stage on social media at a global level. From Kim Kardashian to your local postman, it seemed everyone ...

Our Home Is Your Home: The Refugee Crisis in the Face of Government Failure

April Humble | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK
April Humble

Solidarity from residents to refugees cannot be a short-lived lust affair. We must take advantage of this current momentum to organise in the long-term. Our efforts must become better structured, more mature and more deeply ingrained into our communities.

Seeing What We Don't Want to See

Bjørn Ihler | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Bjørn Ihler

Last week pictures of three year old Aylan laying face down, dead on a beach here in turkey hit the news. To us europeans the picture was an eye-opener. A reminder of the gruesome reality, the painful fact that children knocking on our doors, asking for our help, die in an attempt to reach a better future...

Annie Lennox's Three Fs of Feminism: Facts, Fun and Fulfilment

Laurie Adams | Posted 14.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Last night, in the trendy Drink, Shop, Do cafe in central London with Annie Lennox and women from the music industry, I found myself thinking that the activism I've been involved with for twenty years has too often been missing a key ingredient: fun...

Why I Co-Founded a Festival Dedicated to Discussing Sexual Assault

Winnie M Li | Posted 31.07.2015 | UK
Winnie M Li

Are you one of us? There's millions of us out there. That's a question (and an answer) posed by a group of rape survivors in our recent video for the Clear Lines Festival, the UK's first-ever festival dedicated to talking about sexual assault and consent through the arts and discussion.

For the First Time in a Generation, Students Have the Oppurtunity to Effect Change

Ben Wood | Posted 21.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Wood

It's time for students to put up or shut up; Jeremy Corbyn is pushing the agenda for everything that students have campaigned on for a generation. If students want to bring about change, they have the chance.

Why Do Disabled Activists Want the Transfer of the Independent Living Fund to Fail?

Simon Stevens | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Stevens

Now the Independent Living Fund has closed, I would be foolish if I did not say I was not a little nervous about the future of my support, but I have and will always be nervous about any assessment, because they all have an element of uncertainty even when there is little to worry about. I also understand any change leads to concern, and it is important to stay calm, and stick with the facts, as no news is good news.

Racism? Inequalities? Only a Positive Mindset Can Change the World

William Barylo | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
William Barylo

Changing the world is possible if we think on the long run. Are we seeing further than our own generation? How will the children of the elites - those we like to blame - act towards the people who spent their lives blaming their parents?

Young People Must Engage With Trade Unions

James Walker | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
James Walker

You said goodbye to your first job long ago. You may have flipped burgers, pulled bricks around a building site, or sat behind a till trying to find the Marlboro Golds. Whatever it was you were doing, one thing is almost certain: your first job was a shit job. Chances are the job you have now is no less painful than the first.

How Effective Is Social Media in Mobilising Societal Change?

James Barber | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
James Barber

During a time of such social and political upheaval in which political leaders are seen more as being the problem than the solution, hashtags have given people something to believe in. In the absence of effective political leadership hashtags have created a space in which people can connect, unite and march side by side.

My Sex Life is Public, No I Won't Have Sex With You

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 21.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

Huge swathes of publicity and my sex life dissected by Philip Schofield on 'This Morning' following the release of my memoir 'The Husband Swap', has ...

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Didn't Vote Tory

Alice Carder | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Alice Carder

Politics of fear and hate cannot survive long in the hearts of those who have love and hope. Do not let this election divide and conquer. Unite and survive.

Environmental Justice, Activism and Democracy Under Modi

Sahar Mansoor | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sahar Mansoor

Policies of fair land acquisition have been undone, coal mines have been exempted from public hearings, irrigation projects have been allowed without ...