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A Tribute to Efua Dorkenoo

Jane Ellison | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Ellison

Efua was a truly inspirational woman, and it was a great honour to work with her. We will continue to remember her, in our work to achieve her vision to end FGM in a generation. Surely there can be no greater tribute to her than this - that we work tirelessly to protect future generations of the girls she cared so deeply about.

Mama Efua's Dream Will Come True Without Her

Hekate Papadaki | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Hekate Papadaki

We are left with the responsibility to carry the task through, but Efua has paved the way. Efua was loved like few people I've known and she has changed the lives of more girls than would ever come to know her. She will be greatly missed and the thoughts of all of us are with her family.

Fleeing for Freedom

One Young World | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
One Young World

I am a North Korean defector who escaped the hardship of the region in 2007. Korea has remained in the media spotlight in recent weeks due to the unprecedented disappearance, and reappearance, of leader Kim Jong-un. Countless people have spoken about the missing dictator, but very little attention is being focused on the invisible victims of the Kim regime...

Human Rights Are Not for Sale: Why the UK Must Stop Arming Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Arms sales are not apolitical acts. On one hand, they bolster the buyers by giving them a British endorsement as a fig-leaf of respectability, but they also buy the UK government's political support and compliance. As the crackdown continues to escalate it is becoming increasingly clear that decisions being made in support of arms sales are having serious consequences for the victims of state repression.

Making Farming Sexy

Harriet Lamb | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Harriet Lamb

While 500million smallholder farmers work to overcome the odds, a handful of global companies control the transport and distribution of our food supply. Rampant consolidation of food companies has created an 'hourglass economy' with millions of farmers selling to a handful of companies - who in turn sell to millions of consumers.

Am I a Bad Parent for Taking My Son to See the Harsh Reality of Child Trafficking?

Tom Herbert | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Herbert

It was under a giant mango tree in a remote village monastery in South East Asia earlier this year that I felt closest to my son.

It's Time to 'Walk the Walk' for Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Tanya Barron

Growing numbers of people are becoming aware - and becoming angry - of injustices that are based simply on sex, both in the UK and worldwide. Along with high profile celebrity interventions, social media campaigns driven by young people are bringing these issues to the fore, while on issues such as Female Genital Mutilation, taboos that have long remained intact are being broken. Girls' and women's rights are on the radar of politicians, too.

Drone Strikes in Afghanistan Are Killing Civilians: They Must Not Remain Secret

Jack Serle | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Jack Serle

Conventional operations are starting to wind down in Afghanistan - we are months away from the international troops leaving. But drone strikes are likely to continue. Drones are widely assumed to be a clean, remote way of pursuing western counter-terrorism objectives there. Yet in its work on Pakistan, the Bureau has shown on countless occasions that drones are not as surgical as claimed.

Ebola: Is Europe Immune... to Racism?

Michael Privot | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Michael Privot

The spread of Ebola - and its containment - is a collective human responsibility that goes beyond racial, gender and class divides. European States should ensure equal access to health care in order to preserve social cohesion and avoid a deterioration of the situation.

#Girlhero: The Story of Pallavi Gaikwad

Payal Dalal | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Payal Dalal

When asked why she is devoting herself to girls, her response is simple: "of course girls are important; they are part of the world. To play their part, they need confidence, education, and a safe place to practice skills." So what's next for Pallavi?

A Passage to India

Sir Michael Snyder | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Sir Michael Snyder

India is rightly celebrated for its IT expertise, but is keen to broaden perceptions of its capabilities. The Prime Minister's new 'Make in India' initiative is intended to encourage the growth of the manufacturing sector.

'Mostly They Kidnap Sunnis': Iraq's Sectarian Abyss

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

We need a non-sectarian Iraqi government and a non-sectarian response to ISIS - so say the politicians, all singing from the same hymn sheet. But it's easier said than done of course. Not least when powerful Shi'a politicians in Iraq continue to shield their religious brethren with the AK47s and a record of using them against Sunni civilians.

"We Are All Kobane": Rallying Cry of Resistants Against Fundamentalism

Caroline Fourest | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Caroline Fourest

It was an emotional Maryam Namazie, an Iranian Marxist in exile, who stepped onto the stage to read out a message in support of Syrian Kurds: "We are all Kobanians".

Ebola: Difficult Questions for Development

Ian Scoones | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Ian Scoones

Ideological positions and poor understandings have created a set of assumptions about development that are fundamentally challenged by the Ebola experience. Can this terrible crisis provide a moment for reframing development? Surely now is the time for a fundamental rethink of development approaches.

By Voting Today for Recognition of Palestine, MPs Will Vote for Equality and for Peace

Richard Burden | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Richard Burden

By affirming without ambiguity that both Israelis and Palestinians have equal rights to statehood, international recognition of the State of Palestine can help break this impasse. That is why another amendment tabled by Jack Straw and other senior MPs makes clear that by voting for recognition today MPs will contribute to securing a negotiated two state solution.

Nepal - Please Stop the Mass Animal Slaughter

Joanna Lumley | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Joanna Lumley

I am so sad to hear that another Gadhimai Festival will be held in Nepal this November. The festival, which is only about 250 years old, takes place every five years. At the last festival, in 2009, it is estimated that around 500,000 water buffaloes, goats and chickens were slaughtered, having their heads severed in a mass sacrificial killing. Families, including young children, came to watch the bloody spectacle. The sacrificial killing is held to please the goddess Gadhimai, to avert evil and bring prosperity. Animal sacrifice is banned in many Indian states, but people travel from northern India to Nepal with their animals to sacrifice them at the festival.

The Girl Generation - Let's End FGM Once and for All

Leyla Hussein | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Leyla Hussein

11 October, is the International Day of the Girl Child. I can think of no better way to mark this important day than by the launch of The Girl Generation, the Africa-led global campaign to end FGM in a generation.

Two People Were Awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, but the Internet Is Only Buzzing Over One of Them

Priyanka Mogul | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Priyanka Mogul

Despite the announcement of the Nobel Peace Prize being awarded to two people this year, the Internet still seems to be solely focused on Malala's achievement, whilst almost completely ignoring the fact that Kailash has done a lot of impressive work himself (evidently so, if he's been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for it).

Chinese: Can't Swim, Won't Swim

John Worne | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
John Worne

When it comes to languages we're like a nation of committed non-swimmers faced with a swimming pool - no appetite for diving in and no idea of the benefits and joys of taking the plunge.

Guantánamo PR Can't Obscure the Reality of Force-Feeding

Clive Stafford Smith | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Clive Stafford Smith

The new motto is "Guantánamo: Safe, Humane, Legal, Transparent." It is neither safe, humane or legal, however, if you are a detainee engaging in a peaceful protest against more than a decade of arbitrary detention. It is hardly transparent.

The Link With Islamic State, and Why the Politics Behind Ebola Could Kill You

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Is it possible that we could suffer a world-wide Ebola epidemic, killing hundreds of thousands, because our government has been distracted by Islamic State, which in fact poses less threat to the citizens of this country, than a contagious infection with a previous case fatality rate of 79%?

The Heroes of Kobane

John Wight | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
John Wight

On the Turkish frontier, around the town of Kobane in northern Syria, the world is witnessing the very best of humanity alongside the very worst.

How Hong Kong Protesters Put the 'Civil' into 'Civil Disobedience'

Tom Grundy | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
Tom Grundy

In the run-up to Hong Kong's occupation protests, the initiators of the movement were called "radicals" and "extremists" and their actions dubbed "terrorism". Yet the young people peacefully demonstrating for universal suffrage across the city have won hearts and minds across the world in what amounts to a meticulous reading of peaceful dissent. By putting the "civil" in "civil disobedience", these young protesters have already won an important moral victory, no matter what happens next.

Today LEGO Dumped Shell - Here's Why It Matters to Us All

James Turner | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK
James Turner

By placing its logo in thousands of playrooms around the world, Shell tried to insulate itself against anyone who claims that oil companies have no long term place in our society... Not only do our kids influence the way we think and act, they are the opinion formers of tomorrow. And Shell has been trying to buy them off.

Ebola: Why the World Must Act Now

Robbie McIntyre | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK
Robbie McIntyre

I write this from Monrovia, Liberia's capital. This country accounts for more than 2,000 of the 3,400 estimated deaths from Ebola across the region, but with cases going unreported, some choosing to die without seeking help, and others succumbing in communities which are barely accessible, that is almost certainly a gross underestimate. UNICEF calculates that around 2,000 children in Liberia have lost both parents to the virus. And what faces a child in this position?