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Violence Against Women and Girls - It's Time to Put Words Into Action

Girish Menon | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK
Girish Menon

Today in Westminster, MPs from across different political parties will join together to debate this issue and discuss what really needs to be done in order to bring an end to the violence that scars the lives of so many.

Rebuilding Nepal After Devastating Earthquake

Chris Bain | Posted 26.04.2016 | UK
Chris Bain

Kamala Thalea lost her son, two daughters and her mother when a devastating earthquake hit Nepal one year ago. She said, "My family and old life are gone now, I only have my eldest daughter left with me."

Aid to Education Has Again Gone Down

Aaron Benavot | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Governments around the world have just signed up to an enormously ambitious and promising vision for education and lifelong learning over the next fifteen years, an agenda they know is crucial if even greater ambitions for sustainable development are to be realized by 2030.

If We Keep Spreading the Message About Malaria, We Will Keep Saving Even More Lives

Martha Amoo | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Martha Amoo

Education is so vital. When you give people help and tell them what the symptoms are and what to do if they feel ill, it not only prevents them from getting malaria in the first place but teaches them how to get the right treatment to save their lives.

I Will Never Forget the Earthquake That Took My Sons

Tok Kanchhi Tamang | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Tok Kanchhi Tamang

My wife was at our home, preparing lunch with our boys. When I saw the houses collapsing in the village, I ran as fast as I could through the debris, and back to my family. As I ran, the ground was shaking and I kept falling down. For those five minutes between the earthquake and reaching home, I still had hope. That hope was taken away when I pulled the bodies of my two sons from the rubble.

One Year on From the Earthquake: The Women Rebuilding Nepal

Mariela Magnelli | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Mariela Magnelli

Women continue to be among the most affected by the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal in 81 years. Women have lost their homes, families and livelihoods, and have received little support from the Nepali government. Intersecting inequalities meant that women faced additional barriers and were less able to access the emergency relief provided. Single women in particular are still struggling to access the support they need, fighting barriers and social stigma in order to gain equal rights.

'Dignity First' and Other Key Lessons From the Nepal Earthquake

Giulia Vallese | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK
Giulia Vallese

So what does dignity look like to female earthquake survivors? It means being able to maintain personal hygiene through sanitary pads, clean clothes, soap, toothpaste, flashlights and other essentials provided to women and girls via UNFPA's trademark Dignity Kits, about 560,000 thousand of which were distributed in the first few months following the quake...

This Is More Than a Crisis of Borders - It Is a Crisis of Health

Anna Crossley | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK
Anna Crossley

For those of us working in health care, caring for those in need transcends issues of nationality and practicality: the migrant crisis is far from the first time nurses have needed to respond to a global health issue. During conflict, natural disasters and global epidemics - nurses are there. And what the photos and the footage can't possibly demonstrate is the unimaginable acts of violence and torture, the terrible living conditions, poverty and total collapse of health care infrastructure that so many are fleeing from.

President Obama's Last Opportunity With the Gulf

Sayed Alwadaei | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK Politics
Sayed Alwadaei

Here comes one last opportunity: don't squander it. Our own civil rights leaders are in prison. If President Obama mentions no one else, let him raise the case of Zainab Al-Khawaja, or the Saudi youth Ali Al-Nimr who faces crucifixion, and hold them up as high as Rosa Parks. Ordinary acts face extraordinary repression in the Gulf, but there remains a chance to change that.

The Photograph I Did Not Take

Mary Turner | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Mary Turner

There was not the money for everyone to make the journey though - it is about US$600 on average for a person to travel in a floating death trap, from Turkey to Europe. Iman's husband was killed fighting Assad's troops long ago, leaving her struggling alone.

You Pay Your Tax, I'll Pay Mine

Loren Treisman | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Loren Treisman

Africa is always a loser in this global gluttony. Last year, an esteemed report released by the African Union's High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows, revealed that an estimated $60.3 billion was illicitly channelled out of the continent between 2003 and 2012, roughly one a half times the total donated in overseas aid during the same period.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Upheld and Updated

Andrew Hilland | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Andrew Hilland

Endorsed and adopted in 1948 by most member states of the United Nations, the UDHR endures as a beacon and a standard, its influence both wide and deep. The Declaration was then - and remains today - an unprecedented educational and cultural force...

A Campaign Led by Young People Can Help Make the Difference in Stopping Slavery

Gordon Brown | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK
Gordon Brown

We have seen how thousands of Nepalese girls, forced onto the streets after the Nepal earthquake, have been trafficked into India and even sold into the United Kingdom. Gross abuses, including rape, have been reported in Iraq. We have heard, at first hand, how Syrian refugee girls as young as eight and nine have been forced into working for exploitative employers when they should be at school. And the plight of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school two years ago in Nigeria's Borno province continues to haunt us.

The World Must Step Up and Respond to Ethiopia's Drought Crisis

Helle Thorning-Schmidt | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Politics
Helle Thorning-Schmidt

The complexities of this crisis go beyond the very real human need I saw playing out in Fedeto. Were it faced with this drought alone, the Government of Ethiopia would have a heady, but manageable task. Sadly, all indications of the climate change trajectory suggest that this is not an isolated case of drought, but rather the paradigm for what is yet to come.

Children Used as Suicide Bombers - The Latest Horrific Tactic of Boko Haram

Lily Caprani | Posted 13.04.2016 | UK
Lily Caprani

Since the time when the girls were taken from their school by armed militiamen, the impact of the conflict on children has grown dramatically. Over the past year, 44 children have been used as suicide bombers. In fact, the number of children used in suicide attacks has increased ten-fold over the last year and over 75% of the children involved in the attacks are girls. Nearly one out of every five suicide bombers is a child.

Like Genocide, Slavery and Torture, Sexual Violence During Conflict Must Be Challenged and Eradicated

Baroness Emma Nicholson | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Baroness Emma Nicholson

The UK Government has played a key role in starting what will be a long and difficult road to ending sexual violence in conflict. It is time for it to show it has the mettle and the motivation to stay the course.

This International Day of the Street Child, Britain Must Commit to Helping Europe's Unaccompanied Child Refugees

Diane Abbott | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Politics
Diane Abbott

Today, on the International Day for Street Children, we in Europe must acknowledge that we have a problem - a known unknown - of a rising number of young and vulnerable people who need protection. The vast majority of Europeans see street children as a faraway problem that they hear about on the news or witness for themselves on holidays to nations in the developing world. The EU's political impotence in the face of the migration emergency means that this is no longer the case: thousands of street children are now sleeping rough on doorsteps from Athens to Paris.

The Victim of a Syrian Terrorist Attack

Lucy Wilson | Posted 08.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Wilson

On June 25th, 2015, Dana, her two young children (3-year-old son, and 2-year-old daughter) and parents were inside their home, when a truck exploded outside, causing the house to go up in flames. The explosion is believed to have been a terror attack.

Having Been Instrumental in Achieving the Paris Agreement, the Commonwealth Has to Be Instrumental in Delivering It

Patricia Scotland QC | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Politics
Patricia Scotland QC

As Secretary-General I'm determined the Commonwealth takes a lead. Not just for our small island states who are literally disappearing before our eyes but for the world as a whole. We've had the agreements. It's time now for action.

Hope for Myanmar: From Sweatshop to High Street

Bill Nighy | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK
Bill Nighy

Imagine being too scared to ask for a bathroom break at work. Or working in 38 degree heat without safe drinking water. Or being locked in, forced to live in fear of fires or other accidents. On a recent trip to Myanmar, I spoke to Su Su Hlaing, a young woman for whom this was a daily reality. Su Su Hlaing told me that when she was young, she dreamt of being a teacher. But when the recent economic problems started, she had to find a job in the garment factories to support her family. I met her in their dormitory room where she lives and sleeps in what can only be described as slum-like conditions.

The Foreign Office Needs to Raise the Profile of Human Rights, Says Foreign Affairs Committee

Crispin Blunt | Posted 05.04.2016 | UK Politics
Crispin Blunt

Perceptions and symbols matter. The UK's ability to hold itself out as the world's leading soft power is undermined when we do not take a public stand in support of our values. Those who are suffering from, or perpetrating, human rights abuses must hear us voicing our values clearly. So when one of the most senior civil servants tells a parliamentary committee that human rights is "not one of our top priorities", alarm bells go off.

Co-Pilot Of Hijacked EgyptAir Plane Reveals Real Reason Behind 'Selfies'

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 31.03.2016 | UK

There is a new-twist in the flight hijack 'selfie' story with the co-pilot of the EgyptAir plane revealing that an air stewardess posed for a picture ...

Women's Rights in 2016: The Power Dynamics That Drive Inequality Haven't Gone Away

Sally Airey | Posted 30.03.2016 | UK
Sally Airey

While positive strides have been made in women's rights and gender equality in recent years, women and girls around the world are still married as children, denied access to education and political power, and trapped in conflicts where rape is used as a weapon of war. If we want to change this, we need to support the activists and women's rights organisations calling for change.

Heartbreak for Syrian Refugee Family Awaiting a Home

Joelle Bassoul | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Joelle Bassoul

Here we are watching rich countries debating yet again whether Syrian refugees should be allowed in or not, whether they pose a security threat or are linked to terrorist groups. At Oxfam, we've been calling for the resettlement of 10 per cent of the most vulnerable five million registered Syrian refugees...

Iraq: The Plight of the Forgotten People

Laura Taylor | Posted 27.03.2016 | UK
Laura Taylor

There are currently over three million people in Iraq who have been forced to flee their homes due to the violence and destruction caused by Isis and other internal sectarian conflicts. The country is also hosting some 250,000 of the millions of refugees who have fled the war in Syria.