Charities Should Seize The Opportunity Offered By The Parliamentary Arithmetic

John Tizard | Posted 26.06.2017 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Let's hope that charities and others will act and not stand aside. I have confidence that there is an opportunity for social action at a local and national level on an unprecedented scale with the result that there will be change - and that this change will be for the better.

A New Era Of Politics

Natasha Barrett | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Natasha Barrett

Things clearly need to change and I know I'm not alone in thinking this; people are beginning to put their foot down and say enough is enough. So despite my major fears for a Tory/DUP coalition, I am incredibly excited to see the positive impact of a new meaning of 'people power'. We won't let them get away with any old policies anymore!

The General Election Has Gagged Charities

Sophie Neuburg | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Sophie Neuburg

Charities that work hard to represent the poorest and most marginalised people around the world are wasting time, money, and resources to ensure they do not fall foul of a pedantic law, or quite simply stopping themselves from speaking out. If the Lobbying Act is not overhauled as a matter of urgency it is our democracy that suffers.

On 8 June This Country Can Really Change - But Only If You Force It To

Bradley Allsop | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Politics
Bradley Allsop

As I said, I've learnt a lot over the past few years campaigning, but perhaps the key thing I learnt was something no one ever tells us, because if really taken to heart the country would change overnight: you don't need to be knowledgeable, charismatic, ruthless or rich to be 'political': you just need to be angry.

Why We Need To Keep Blocking Coal Mines – A Call To Action

Andrea Brock | Posted 19.06.2017 | UK
Andrea Brock

Coal mining is not only a global issue. It's also an issue of local air pollution, democracy and environmental justice. For over a decade, Residents Against Ffos-y-fran and United Valleys Action Group have been fighting the mine. With the mine only 37 metres from the closest homes in Merthyr, they are suffering from pollution, dust, noise and vibration every day.

It Is Now Or Never To Stop Fracking In Its Tracks

Sebastian Kelly | Posted 05.04.2017 | UK
Sebastian Kelly

This week I will take direct action to target the fracking industry. I'll put my body on the line to obstruct, protest and oppose shale gas extraction. I'll be nervous when I take action. It means stepping into the frontline and that carries risks, including arrest and even prosecution. But I will be there.

A Drunk Conversation On Atheism

Kylie Barton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK
Kylie Barton

Religion still has far too much prominence in the world today. It is the underpinning narrative of most major news stories and world events. It permea...

Are Young People Really Represented Well Enough?

Louis Sherman | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

The earlier we start to make change, individually or as a whole, and showing young people the value we place on them and their voices, the more benefits we all get from it in the future. Representation of young voices has never gone far enough and now is our time to make our voices heard thoroughly and truly.

The Women Who Inspire Me Are The Ones Who Put Themselves On The Line

Kira Cochrane | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Kira Cochrane

There's the sense of a major movement currently under way, a reassertion and realignment of feminism that is inclusive and serious about tackling economic inequality, job insecurity, reproductive rights, immigrant rights, violence against women, and many other issues.

Mental Health And Money: Raising Awareness And Finding Support

Philippa Lowe | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Philippa Lowe

The cold winter days can be difficult for everyone, and the start of a new year can present its challenges, but thankfully for mental health, the year...

Step One: Start A Petition - How Online Campaigns Win

Brie Rogers Lowery | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK Tech
Brie Rogers Lowery

A few weeks ago, a young woman appeared on the BBC's Big Questions - but this woman wasn't there to discuss religion or moral issues but the positive effect that her petition had on her life and millions of other women. Her name is Laura Coryton and she led the campaign to end the tampon tax - anyone who watched George Osborne's budget last year will have seen her success.

Retirement? No Thanks. I Plan To Carry On Campaigning For Another 30 Years

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Peter Tatchell

I turn 65 on Wednesday. This year I celebrate 50 years of human rights activism. Retirement hasn't entered my head. There is still so much to do. The brain and eye damage from bashings by Mugabe's thugs and Moscow neo-Nazis is minor and doesn't stop me. I carry on. My plan is to keep going for another 30 years.

2017: The Year Of Parent Power?

Pam Jarvis | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Parents
Pam Jarvis

As the Anglophone world prepares to move with trepidation into a new phase in its history, with the inauguration of Donald Trump and the beginnings of the Brexit negotiations, a quieter revolution is also under way which has equal potential to change society.

Why I'm Campaigning Against Twitter Hate Speech

Linda Riley | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Tech
Linda Riley

Enough is enough. LGBT people deserve better, and need billion dollar corporations like Twitter to take responsibility for their users. It's worth noting that Facebook can remove a shot of a breastfeeding woman or a nude statue in seconds (neither especially offensive, let's face it) so we know that the technology to monitor even the fastest moving content exists.

Remembering Jill Saward

Dr Kate Cook | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK
Dr Kate Cook

So many women are determined to carry on the work that Jill started that there may well be a queue waiting to take press interviews (something Jill was always willing to undertake) and set up petitions. If you too would like to get involved then you can.

I'm A Man Campaigning For Girls' And Women's Rights. Here's Why It Shouldn't Surprise You

Danny Vannucchi | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK
Danny Vannucchi

For the past 18 months, I've been leading a global campaign to help end violence against girls and young women. The catch is that I am a man. Why - ...

Keep Going, Don't Give Up: The Importance Of Campaigning On Mental Health Issues

Tamanna Miah | Posted 16.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tamanna Miah

I dedicate my award to my best friend who passed away due to various issues one being mental health problems, as well as to anyone who is struggling with their own physical and mental health. Sometimes it can feel as though we are travelling a long road to see the changes we know need to happen to improve the lives of everyone living with a mental illness, but we must not give up.

To Prevent Rape We Need To Rethink How We Do Sex

Alice Irving | Posted 13.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Irving

During my five years campaigning, I have come to the conclusion that the most important thing that needs to happen is a shift in our cultural attitudes toward women and sex. Improved laws, better university policies, all of these things can help, but without broader changes in culture, we will always be fighting a losing battle.

Meet the Young People in the UK Changing Their World on Youth Day

Alex Kent | Posted 12.08.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Alex Kent

Today, on International Youth Day, we're celebrating the world's largest ever youth population - now 1.8 billion strong, and the amazing impact that young people are having. 2016 has been a huge year of challenge, change and opportunity, especially here in the UK. Never has the energy of young people more relevant.

Brexit Consequences: How Can We Find Unity in Division?

Melissa Mehta | Posted 04.08.2017 | UK
Melissa Mehta

Image by Melissa Mehta Since the EU referendum result, I've felt heavy sadness for our country, fear for our precious inclusive society, an overwhel...

The Story of How I Got My Vagina

Owl | Posted 02.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle

As expected after big surgeries, there are a lot of bandages. My bandages were more in the form of some weird-ass celibacy plaster cast that I could literally knock on. Eventually they had to come off though, which was as horrifying as you might imagine. When they took them off I also realized that they had been SEWN to me in two places.

Women - We Need to Connect to Make Changes

Laura Coryton | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Coryton

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS THING WORK. Get involved, change the world, and kick some ass. Even if just for ten minutes from your sofa. Hot chocolate and a laptop can be very powerful weapons...

Stick Figures - The Danger of Playing the Numbers Game With Trees

Matt Daw | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK
Matt Daw

What's the difference between a tree and a tree? Potentially a lot. Let me illustrate. Meet Greta*. Greta is a Beech tree nestled in a patch of woodl...

So Facebook Where Is My Emoji?

Rosemary Frazer | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Tech
Rosemary Frazer

Emoji have exploded in popularity in recent years, with their widespread use spanning across different generations and offer anything from creme caramel to camels to help you sum up how you are feeling - they even have two types of camel in their mood tracking library.

The Women You Should Have Heard of Quietly Creating Change in Russia

Dmitry Savelau | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Dmitry Savelau

Maybe women on in Russia do not yet run campaigns for women's rights issues as we define them internationally, but they are already doing something amazing: by mobilising themselves to effectively tackle issues important to them they are redefining their role and influence in society. And today we are very excited to celebrate them and their success.