UK World

The Idea and Reality of Change: Lessons From the Film Selma

Bukky Olaleye | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK
Bukky Olaleye

We may not agree with the rhetoric of President Obama, or disagree with the stylisation or representation of the film. What is difficult to contest is the ability of a well told story to impart huge life lessons, to teach, lead, and position us to walk in our own potential and to 'shape the course of things.'

Polar Bears to the Rescue!

Joshua Virasami | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joshua Virasami

An ad-hoc party spilled out, placard-wielding polar bears scooted across the terminal on luggage trolleys, the softhearted action, which the bears said was 'testing the waters', had a clear message - 'no new runways', not in Heathrow, and not anywhere.


Daniel Lightwing | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Daniel Lightwing

X plus Y does a great job of mirroring some of my own feelings. I can easily relate to the socially awkward young Nathan, away from home for the first time, in an unfamiliar land. In the true story, one major difference is that I was interested in China since long before the maths competitions. It started at about the age of 13 when I started reading Chinese novels.

Climate Change: Do What's Right, Not What's Easy

Will Martindale | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK Politics
Will Martindale

I believe one of an MP's most important responsibilities is to future generations. Yet too often politicians trade future sustainability for short-term populism. Nowhere is this more clear cut than on the environment.

Recognising Rape - In War and Peace

Deeyah Khan | Posted 17.05.2015 | UK
Deeyah Khan

Rape needs to be understood as a crime of violence against women as women, not as offences the property 'rights' of husbands or families nor a symbolic assault upon the identity a the enemy... A world without rape must start from the respect for women's rights over their own body: in war and peace.

Speaking in Tongues - Thinking Differently on Language Learning

John Worne | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK
John Worne

Apparently at the height of Victorian optimism, the Royal Geographic Society announced victory in the field of all learning, with the invention of the 'lantern slide' a whacking great projector with a candle behind it which would captivate all future generations of learners. An early version of 'death by powerpoint'.

Syria: 'Doing What We Can, With What We've Got, Where We Are'

Gareth Bayley | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Gareth Bayley

There is no imminent solution. Some brave, determined Syrians are digging in for the long haul, soberly measuring out the remainder of this conflict in multiples of five years.That doesn't work for me, nor for the team I lead across Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. We are focused on how we can help right here, right now.

Syria Crisis: Why Aid Is Vital but Not Enough

Saleh Saeed | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Saleh Saeed

All we can do is continue to provide lifesaving aid and push for solutions, despite the challenges stacked against us. It's important to recognise what we are able to achieve - the international community must keep investing in humanitarian relief and striving for a sustainable peace.

Police Killings in Brazil: 'My Taxes Paid for the Bullet That Killed My Grandson'

Alexandre Ciconello | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK
Alexandre Ciconello

How much longer will it take for the Brazilian authorities to wake up to these horrors and take real action? The lives of thousands of people - many of them young black men - are at stake.

Should Britain Be Arming Ukraine?

Iain Overton | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Politics
Iain Overton

Before we throw weapons at the Ukrainian crisis, we need to ask two fundamental questions: does Ukraine really need our arms?  And what would happen to them once the violence ended?

A Healthy Woman Is an Empowered Woman - The Alaafia Universal Health Coverage Scheme

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

Through these three programmes, WBFA and I have intervened to assist with out-of-pocket medical bills and the cost of specialist healthcare for patients in need. However, we have found that this model, whilst successful, is ultimately unsustainable.

Kids in Camps

Jezza Neumann | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Jezza Neumann

It should be the right of every child to have an education but more than that - as Grace also says - education is the way to build a country. As a film maker, what I have witnessed is a tragedy. In Africa today, thousands of bright young minds are being lost in a sea of war and displacement.

Ebola: A Turning Point?

Mark Goldring | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK
Mark Goldring

Oxfam is in Liberia and Sierra Leone for the long haul. We're continuing to work with communities to build understanding of Ebola treatment and how to stay healthy, providing financial support to help families get back on their feet, and helping them guard against infectious diseases by equipping schools and clinics with clean water and sanitation.

At the Crossroads: Women's Rights After 2015

Lee Webster | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK
Lee Webster

Global policy frameworks may feel a long way from the realities of women's lives. Yet these frameworks lay out fundamental rights and freedoms, and are an important tool for women's rights organisations to advocate for improvements in the lives of women.

Community Lies at the Heart of Comic Relief's Operation Health

Ilya Jones | Posted 08.05.2015 | UK
Ilya Jones

Comic Relief's Operation Health project, the focus of this year's Red Nose Day campaign, will completely renovate a dilapidated health centre in Iyolwa, Uganda. Operation Health is at the centre of a fundraising drive to improve healthcare across Africa by showing how money well spent can be used to improve health systems.

India's Daughter, India's Shame

Robin Lustig | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

The gang rape and murder of 23-year-old Jyoti Singh in Delhi in December 2012 caused massive national and international outrage. How sad, therefore, that the Indian government has decided to ban the showing of an extraordinary television documentary about the case that was shown on BBC4 last night.

Three Changes That Will Help 'Make It Happen' This International Women's Day

Cherie Blair | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK
Cherie Blair

I firmly believe that women possess a wonderful ability to get things done, which is why the theme of this year's International Women's Day - 'Make It Happen' - feels so fitting. I set up my Foundation for Women in 2008, with a focus on empowering women in developing and emerging economies to create and grow their own businesses. I settled on this particular issue because I believe that economic security unlocks huge opportunities for women, enabling them to make positive choices over their own lives and the lives of their children.

It's Time to Step It Up for Gender Equality

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

If we look at the headlines or the latest horrifying YouTube clip, International Women's Day may seem a bad time to celebrate equality for women. But alongside the stories of extraordinary atrocity and everyday violence lies another reality, one where more girls are in school and more are earning qualifications than ever before; where maternal mortality is at an all-time low; where more women are in leadership positions, and where women are increasingly standing up, speaking out and demanding action.

No Mother Should Have to Endure the Pain of Burying Three Babies

Mary Amali | Posted 04.05.2015 | UK
Mary Amali

This is all the motivation I needed to become a member of the volunteer health team. I work closely with Iyolwa Clinic to make sure pregnant women in the community are identified early and all possible precautions are taken to ensure a safe delivery. I make sure the women attend their prenatal appointments, get regular check-ups and take their medication.

Should Women Be Scared of Travelling in India? Read What These 10 Women Have to Say

Priya Shetty | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Priya Shetty

I've travelled all over India, and will continue to do so, taking the same precautions I always have. But do other women feel differently? To find out, I asked a group of professional women who either live in India, or travel there often, how they feel about their safety in India...

Welcome Back to the War Against Terror

Richard Howitt | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

As this week's dialogue takes place, Europe must reaffirm that short-cutting human rights through short-term security responses alone, can never be a long-term answer to the terrorist threat. The war against terror may indeed have returned. But the difference this time is that it's a war which Pakistan appears to have declared against itself.

Operation Health for Comic Relief Is the First Time I've Taken on a Deliberate Challenge

Gonza Kagwa | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Gonza Kagwa

It was late last year when I heard about Operation Health for Comic Relief. Putting aside the obvious question "How on Earth did they get my number?" I was immediately paralysed by the size and the timescales of the project. Renovating a dilapidated health centre in rural Uganda in just nine weeks sounded ambitious, but I was immediately sold and knew I had to be a part of it.

"Ain't No Mountain High Enough" - Reaching the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Noel Sullivan | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

We switched off our head torches and allowed our eyes to adjust. This was the Arctic region of the mountain, a barren, lifeless area covered in ice and rock. At this altitude the oxygen is half that of sea level. And we would feel the effect of that greater tonight than any other night.

Ebola: Let's Remember the People at the Heart of the Outbreak

Dr Gina Radford | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Dr Gina Radford

When I receive a call that someone has had a terminal diagnosis, or the organist has flu, or what am I going to do about dog fouling in the churchyard - I am, again, reminded that life is not just about facts and figures - it's about experiences, hopes, and concerns.

Obama v Putin: 'Dr. Strangelove' and the Doomsday Machine

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

The cold hard fact is that unless Ukraine can somehow stand up to Russian aggression on its own, the response from the West will continue to be limited precisely because Russia is a nuclear power.