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Saudi Arabia Accepts Recommendation to 'Abolish' Male Guardianship System

Nabila Pathan | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Politics
Nabila Pathan

As a precursor to Saudi Arabia's report on its commitment to significant Human Rights advances at the 25th session of UN Human Rights Council, Saudi's Deputy Minister of Labor for International Affairs, featured on Newsnight this week to boast the key aspects of the report with a focus on "holistic" steps on achieving female empowerment. But a failure to confirm the lifting of the driving ban for women, even after three pushy prompts by Jeremy Paxman, made it clear that "holistic" does not include an overturn on the ban.

Talking Periods on Women's Day

Alex Kent | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Alex Kent

Hygiene, sanitation and water are critical issues for woman and girls,and must be included in the post-2015 gender debate. Without these crucial, but often ignored rights, women will continue to be discriminated against. Period.

We Need to Intervene in Ukraine

James Snell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
James Snell

"But why is Ukraine so vital?" you may ask. "Well", I reply, in a fittingly grave and solemn tone, "because it is the latest manifestation of Russian aggression, and we cannot allow the sabre rattling (and unsheathing) of a tyrant like Vladimir Putin go unpunished."

UK Must Constructively Engage with UN Expert on Violence Against Women

Dr Rosa Freedman | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Rosa Freedman

In 2014 Rashida Manjoo, the UN special rapporteur on violence against women, will visit the UK to conduct a fact-finding mission and report on human r...

North Korea Is the World's Worst Human Rights Crisis - It Can No Longer Be Its Most Forgotten

Benedict Rogers | Posted 28.04.2014 | UK Politics
Benedict Rogers

North Korea is arguably the world's worst human rights crisis, in the world's most closed nation - but it can no longer be its most forgotten.

Why a Lack of Toilets Is Costing the Earth

Girish Menon | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Girish Menon

Fourteen years ago, the UN set its Millennium Development Goals to cut in half the proportion of people without safe water and improved sanitation. Progress on the sanitation target has been incredibly, unacceptably slow.

Thousands Benefit in Areha and Muhambel, Syria, as UN Supply Convoy Reaches Families in Areas Ravaged by Intense Fighting

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

Last week, I was part of a UN inter-agency convoy that brought much-needed emergency supplies to the Areha district, including for nearby Muhambel town. It has been months since humanitarian assistance has been able to get through. Even now that the fighting has stopped in this area, the 22-truck convoy had to take a circuitous route to avoid active hot areas.

Aid Convoy Comes Under Fire In Besieged Homs

Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK

An aid convoy ferrying humanitarian supplies to residents of the besieged city of Homs in Syria came under fire on Saturday, despite a three-day truce...

Equality in the Workplace

Hilary Thomas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Hilary Thomas

When Helen Clark - the former New Zealand Prime Minister who runs the UN Development Programme - was asked about quotas recently she responded with characteristic clarity 'when nothing else works you should have quotas'.

Syria's Conflict In Numbers

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

The numbers from the Syrian conflict can seem overwhelming in their magnitude. Here, we have identified the key figures that tell the story of the...

Under Siege in Damascus: An Activist Speaks Out

Luke McManus | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Zara Hakim is a Syrian currently living under siege in a southern suburb of Damascus. One of the many activists still inside Syria, she and her team have, for the past two weeks, been working to raise international attention for their 'Break the Siege' campaign...

Silencing Malala Yousafzai and the Brown Man's "Honor Complex"

Meriam Sabih | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK Politics
Meriam Sabih

Those who want to paint Malala as an easily influenced "tool" and not as a strong young woman driving an inspirational campaign have failed to really listen to her message.

Tackling Food Waste - Food for Thought

Adam Shaw | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK
Adam Shaw

With so many people going hungry or even starving, it seems obscene for so many of us to throw away so much food in so many parts of the world. It has been estimated that 1.3billion tonnes of food goes to waste globally each year. It is both a technical problem and a problem of attitude.

British Donations For Typhoon Haiyan Reach £33m

The Huffington Post/PA | Posted 16.11.2013 | UK

Donations to the Typhoon Haiyan charity appeal by the British public topped £33 million as an RAF plane carrying heavy duty vehicles and emergency me...

Protecting Women & Girls in Crisis

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Sir Peter Westmacott

Worldwide, one in five women will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Women and girls are even more at risk in crisis situations, particularly flood, famine, and conflict.

Momentum for Change: How a Groundswell for Climate Action Is Building

Christiana Figueres | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the world designed to address climate change. They are driven by thousands of people, often in partnership with business, governments and industry, to provide climate change solutions for their cities and communities...

'Passionate about human rights? You'd never know it'

Izza Leghtas | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Izza Leghtas

Is the UK a passionate defender of human rights? Given the way senior members of the government have attacked them in recent months, you wouldn't thin...

EU-China Relationship Could Hold Key to Global Climate Deal

Adam Matthews | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

The 19th United Nations annual Climate Change Conference begins in Poland on November 11. This will be an important step, although only a step, along the path toward securing by the end of 2015 a comprehensive global treaty that must set the world on a path to a low carbon future.

One Chapter of War in DRC May Be Over, But What Now for Peace?

Maria Lange | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Maria Lange

In the longer term, peace in DRC also requires its government to undertake effectively and in good faith its commitments under this framework, including key structural governance and security sector reforms, and create the conditions for the national oversight mechanism to function effectively...

A City Surrounded by Conflict Struggles to Cope Under Weight of Displacement

Mougabe Koslengar | Posted 24.10.2013 | UK
Mougabe Koslengar

In contrast to the rural areas, the parts of the city I saw looked normal, with no damage to buildings. People moved around and there was a bustling market like in any city. The city's infrastructure is creaking, however, due to the huge influx of displaced families.

The US-Iranian-Syrian Diplomatic Dance

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The destruction of Syrian chemical weapons (CW) has started. In a breakthrough moment in Iran-US relations, the two Presidents talked on the phone and the foreign ministers sat down to discuss Iran's nuclear programme. Though the connection has received little comment in the western news media, these two welcome developments are deeply linked and close to inter-dependent.

Britain Is Failing Victims of Female Genital Mutilation

Tess Finch-Lees | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tess Finch-Lees

A few weeks ago, Betty caused controversy by speaking out about the disturbing prevalence of FGM in the UK. She maintains that it's not uncommon for babies and young girls to be taken overseas to be "stitched up" or attend "cutting parties" in the UK, where group rates are offered to reduce costs.

As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

Andrew Hammond | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK
Andrew Hammond

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared to pre-industrial levels, but could potentially still be held to 0.3 C (0.5 F) with deep, speedy cuts in emissions.

Over 110 States Agree to Tackle Sexual Violence in Conflict - Perhaps International Solidarity Isn't Dead After All?

Howard Mollett | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Politics
Howard Mollett

It goes without saying that preventing sexual violence in conflict is not an easy task. The declaration adopted yesterday represents an important step at the political level, which should not be sniffed at. Yet how it translates into action in the DRC peace process, and in funding for those working to prevent and respond to this violence on the ground, will be the test of its rhetoric.

Education Transforms

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Pauline Rose

People around the world know that education is the key to a better life. Voters from over 190 countries who responded to the United Nations My World survey said providing a good education for all was the best way to build a better world. There's a huge gap between that goal and reality, however: 250million children are still being denied a chance to learn the basics.