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Why More Sportswomen Like Fu Yuanhui Should Shine the Spotlight on Period Taboos

Louisa Gosling | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Gosling

We need to talk openly about this issue to remove the stigma that surround periods, and ensure finding solutions for menstrual hygiene management are included in efforts to improve health, education, and access to sanitation facilities. Fu Yuanhui is one sportswoman who inadvertently shined a spotlight on this issue. But together, we can all help break the stigma surrounding periods.

Profound Threat To Orcas And Other Marine Wildlife Returns!

Mark Simmonds OBE | Posted 15.08.2016 | UK
Mark Simmonds OBE

An old enemy has re-emerged to threaten again the survival of marine top-predators, such as orcas, other dolphins, and other marine animals.This pollutant foe was first identified in the 1960s ... recent research has shown that it was only diminished, and far from extinguished as a source of harm or even extinction.

Is Putin Preparing an August Surprise?

Robin Lustig | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

This year, while we're marvelling at the record-breaking feats of gymnasts, divers, cyclists and others in Rio, it's troops in Ukraine who have been put on high alert in response to a military build-up on the Russian side of the border...

Aleppo Is Not the New Srebrenica - It's the Old Aleppo

Neil Durkin | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK
Neil Durkin

Mitchell's "new Srebrenica" line echoes Jan Egeland, the United Nations official who's responsible for trying to broker humanitarian access in Syria. The effectiveness - or otherwise - of UN efforts to deliver aid into Syria has been one of the many vexed issues of this crisis. With Srebrenica (as with Rwanda) the UN failed abysmally. Is it going to fail with Syria as well? Let's fervently hope not. And let's hope that Aleppo stays at the centre of international attention. Because, even without a standalone massacre of Srebrenica's magnitude, Aleppo is already a frightening humanitarian emergency. Aleppo isn't the new Srebrenica, it's the old Aleppo. And that's easily bad enough.

'It's Better to Die From One Bullet Than Being Slowly Killed Every Day' - The Cruel Fate of Refugees Forsaken in Nauru

Anna Neistat | Posted 05.08.2016 | UK
Anna Neistat

Having worked in most of the world's conflict zones over the last 15 years, I thought I had learned enough about suffering, injustice and despair. But what I saw and heard on Nauru will haunt me forever.

A Doctor's View From a Refugee Camp in Greece: The Refugee Crisis Is a Moral Crisis for Europe

Andrew Moscrop | Posted 03.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Moscrop

Outside the clinic, bleaching beneath the Greek sun, there are rows of tents; accommodation for almost two thousand people. Refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have lived under these canvases for months already. They have been stranded after Europe closed its borders and the EU devised a controversial and morally compromising plan to return refugees to Turkey. There are more than fifty camps like this in Greece, for tens of thousands of refugees. In this camp, like most others, roughly a third of the inhabitants are children, and many are unaccompanied by family.

Loving the Stranger: How the Church of England Can Help Victims of Modern Day Slavery

Philippa Rowen | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Philippa Rowen

Many thanks to the Prime Minister for taking modern slavery seriously and funding our dedicated public sector; but exploitation will not stop without the help of the public. The Church is in the position of moral leadership which we should use both to inspire and also support all of those touched by this crime against our humanity.

The War on Waste Is Great, But Aren't We All Missing the Point?

Jen Gale | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Jen Gale

Yes, we need to recycle. We need big companies to be transparent about their sustainability credentials, and we need to challenge 'greenwash', but more importantly than that, we all need to be creating change ourselves. And that doesn't just mean sending an angry tweet or signing a petition. It means actual physical changes to our behaviours.

Laughter, Trauma and Building Resilience

Peter Fonagy | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK Comedy
Peter Fonagy

We have many tools at our disposal to help people in overcoming mental health problems and we have come very far in developing effective treatments. But we can - and must - go further. Rigid seriousness can exaggerate threats, amplify slights and close down our openness to different ways of responding to things. Humour can protect us...

International Aid: A Way to Show Post-Brexit Britain Hasn't Turned Its Back on the World

Alistair Burnett | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Humility is required, but Britain's generous approach to international aid can be a pillar underpinning whatever new course the UK ends up taking in the world. It wasn't pressure from the EU that led the UK to achieve the 0.7% target - that was home-grown. So, leaving the EU doesn't have to mean a bleak future for Britain's international aid.

My Childhood Holiday Memories Mean I Can Never Take Clean Water for Granted

Nadiya Hussain | Posted 29.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Nadiya Hussain

Lack of clean water and safe sanitation and its direct link to disease is the second biggest killer of children worldwide. That lack of clean water also keeps girls out of school and keeps women away from work, either because they are sick or because they are spending hours each day walking to fetch water leaving many in poverty. World leaders have pledged to end malnutrition and reach everyone everywhere with clean water and basic sanitation by 2030. If by giving children a start in life that includes access to clean water and decent toilets, then we are a step closer to a healthier, happier generation.

Left Behind: Why the Global HIV Response Is Failing People Who Use Drugs

Rick Lines | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rick Lines

This admirable pledge, which comes with a promise to 'leave no-one behind', will remain no more than a slogan. People who use drugs are being left behind and only a major injection of political courage, backed up by a redirection of the necessary resources away from drug control and into harm reduction, will change this.

Thousands of Refugee Children Are Disappearing on Our Doorstep - Our Government Cannot Afford to Drag Its Heels

Rachel Robinson | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK
Rachel Robinson

Today, as we mark 65 years of the UN Refugee Convention, more than 10,000 children are missing on our continent. Hundreds of them have disappeared here in the UK. Ten thousand is disturbing enough - but the true number of lost unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is probably much higher.

Britain's New African Empire

Mark Curtis | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Mark Curtis

We need to radically rethink the notion that Britain is helping Africa to develop. The UK's large aid programme is, among other things, being used to promote African policies from which British corporations will further profit. British policy in Africa, and indeed that of African elites, needs to be challenged and substantially changed if we are serious about promoting long term economic development on the continent.

Dear London, I'm So Glad I Left You

Georgie Bradley | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Georgie Bradley

Let me start off by saying I feel wrong doing this. It shouldn't come from a 25-year old. It seems defeatist and premature. But I'm so glad I am no longer clogged up in your veins. It took a lot to leave you, with my tail tucked between my legs, begrudgingly so, but it was a decision that made itself in the end.

Families Facing Impossible Choices as Drought Takes Hold in Lesotho

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

We may not be seeing this crisis on the news, but having seen for myself the devastating impact the drought is having on children here in Lesotho, I've been left in no doubt just how desperate the situation has become. The scariest thing is if we don't act now it could become so much worse. We simply cannot turn our backs on these children in their time of need.

Scrapping the Minister for Refugees Shows Theresa May's Government Is Shrinking Away From Its Role in Solving the Refugee Crisis

Tim Farron | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Politics
Tim Farron

The minister, amongst other things, oversaw the implementation of Britain's commitment to take 20,000 Syrian refugees from the region and an additional 3,000 vulnerable refugee children from the Middle East over the course of this Parliament. This process was already moving at a snail's pace - by the end of March of this year only 1,602 people had been resettled in the UK. Now, with no one holding the ball on this issue you have to wonder how anyone can remain optimistic that we will hit this target.

No Child Should Be Behind Barbed Wire

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Despite their young age, children like Emir* have already experienced more than many of us adults can imagine. Years of war and conflict, followed by an often life-threatening journey to reach the Europe they thought would provide safety, has left many of them disappointed, frustrated, and dealing with emotional stress... No stone should be left unturned to ensure children are reunited with their families or guardians as soon as possible. Children travelling on their own are especially vulnerable and must be moved to long-term shelters where they can access education, basic services, legal advice and emotional support to help them deal with the horrors they have faced.

People Don't Understand the Problems FGM Causes for Women - I Didn't Even Understand Myself

Hadas | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

Most people in Eritrea think that if a girl is cut, she will grow up to be a good girl; that she will not bring shame on her family and she will marry well. If a girl is not cut, they think she will grow up to be a 'slut'; a girl who thinks about sex and will not be satisfied by one man.

Will Brexit Put Paris Climate Deal in Doubt?

Seb Dance | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Politics
Seb Dance

Britain's decision to leave the EU and its impact on the Paris agreement remains unknown. But impending Brexit has certainly created far more questions than answers when it comes to tackling climate change. We must do all we can to ensure there is a positive answer to them.

It's Time for a New Generation of Leaders to Step Forward in the Fight Against AIDS

Prince Harry | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Prince Harry

What I have seen in the last few days in Lesotho gives me huge confidence that we will rise to this challenge. Seeing young people who have so little, yet who work so hard to support their friends and educate their families about HIV, continues to inspire all of us at Sentebale. They are why I care so much about this fight. I hope that their stories of courage, and not just the huge problems they face, can inspire all of you as well. What I believe is that we cannot beat HIV without giving young people in every country the voice they deserve. Without education and without empowerment, HIV will win.

Self-awareness, Self-esteem, Assertiveness - What I Learnt in Kenya

Eve Novakovic | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Eve Novakovic

It's an incredible feeling being part of such a force for positive change and seeing the results. I'd encourage anyone who is lucky enough to get involved to do so. Just getting involved in your own community can make a difference.

Sex for Grades: The Sexual Harassment of Girls in Mozambique

Johanna Higgs | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Johanna Higgs

While poverty remains one of the greatest shadows over the country it seems that the rights of girls and women will be put on hold. Morality seems to have been put on hold as well, at least in Mozambican schools.

Ramadan - Making a Real Difference

Nick Donaldson | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK
Nick Donaldson

It is estimated by the Muslim Charities Forum that British Muslims gave approximately £100million to charitable causes during the month of Ramadan this year. To give some context, that equates to approximately £38 a second.

Seven Simple Things You Can Do Today to Protect the Environment

Marianne Stenger | Posted 17.07.2016 | UK
Marianne Stenger

A Game of Thrones fan theory that recently caught my attention speculates that the dreaded White Walkers marching steadily south are a metaphor for climate change, and the more I've thought about it, the more it bothers me.... I've done some research and lined up some of the simplest things we can all do to help protect the environment today.