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The Huge Tribute To Tragic Aylan Kurdi Hoping To Make People Think Twice About Refugees

The Huffington Post | George Bowden | Posted 11.03.2016 | UK

A huge artwork of tragic Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi has been painted in Frankfurt to act as a poignant reminder of the plight of refugees. Thousands o...

Meet Maya, Mamma to Thousands of Refugees in Calais' Jungle Camp

Jaz O'Hara | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK
Jaz O'Hara

Maya showed me that any of us can be a refugee at some point in our lives. Any of us can lose everything we have, leave behind everything we know, suffer loss, face obstacles, experience struggle. But as long as we come together in support of one another, love and humanity will prevail.

For Peace in Syria, Arbitrary Detention Must End

Gareth Bayley | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Gareth Bayley

In Syria, massive and systematic violence continues to take place out of sight, in centres of detention away from the war's frontlines. The release of arbitrarily held detainees, including women and children, would be an opportunity to signal a desire to change the status quo and to demonstrate a real willingness to solve the conflict politically.

How I'm Helping Sex Workers Receive Education in a Safe, Judgement-Free Environment

Shamelle Rice | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Shamelle Rice

In Barbados prostitution is illegal and very taboo, but I discovered that women in the sex work community wanted services and programmes that catered specifically to them as they transitioned out of the work...

The World Cannot Afford to Wait to Change Pace on Girls' and Women's Rights

Justine Greening | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Politics
Justine Greening

Quite simply, no country can develop if it leaves half of its population behind. Investing in girls' education, reproductive health, women's economic empowerment and tackling violence is one of the best strategies for eradicating poverty and boosting economies - including our own in the UK.

International Women's Day: How Can We Create Gender Equality by 2030?

Shahida Rahman | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Shahida Rahman

Today we will celebrate International Women's Day. The theme this year sets us a challenge as well as a deadline. Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up Fo...

Five Women Killed Every Hour - Why We Need to Speak Out on Domestic Violence

Sarah Carson | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Sarah Carson

Violence against women is a global issue, a violation of a woman's fundamental human rights and one which threatens the lives of millions of women every day, with women living in poverty often at greater risk.

Five Years on From the Uprising, the UK Is Still Fuelling Oppression in Bahrain

Andrew Smith | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Last month made it five years since activists across Bahrain rose up against the authoritarian Al-Khalifa regime. Their protests followed the Arab Spring movements that had taken off across the Middle East and represented a peaceful call for human rights and democracy.

Doing Our Best to Bring Help and Hope to Mums Struggling to Put Food on the Table

Daphine Aikens | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK
Daphine Aikens

Our role at the foodbank is simply to serve - to provide food and support, and to be a listening ear at a time of crisis. Many of our volunteers are mothers - with children from newborn to adult. They understand the role of mothers, both the privilege and the burden that comes with it.

Why I'll Find it Hard to Be Interested in Cards and Flowers This Mother's Day

Rebecca Schiller | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Parents
Rebecca Schiller

This Mother's Day I'll find it hard to be interested in cards and flowers. Working in the UK and glimpsing life in Tanzania makes me even more certain that protecting and promoting women's rights in birth is crucial. Not just for mothers but for all women - everywhere. Every three minutes a new mother in Africa dies.

Your Kid Is Changing the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Craig and Marc Kielburger

When she's not mastering writing and maths, 11-year-old Somran Bakhshi is creating an app to help disabled citizens in Ilford navigate public transport to visit free museums and galleries in London. Somran is a student and budding activist at Gearies Primary School where pupils are part of the WE Schools programme that encourages them to solve social problems and build a bridge to the wider community.

The Misery of Grande Synthe: It Is Time for UK to Act to Bring Children to Safety

Mike Adamson | Posted 03.03.2017 | UK
Mike Adamson

We believe our government should proactively examine asylum claims for vulnerable families in Grand Synthe with young children and a UK connection. By working closely with the French Government, we can accept asylum transfers through discretionary clauses in a mechanism known as the Dublin regulation.

Russian Nanny Claims 'Allah Ordered Me' To Decapitate Four-Year-old Girl

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK

A nanny from Uzbekistan accused of decapitating a four-year-old girl in Moscow has claimed "Allah ordered" her to kill the child, as prosecutors told ...

Visiting North Korea as a Tourist Isn't Just Dangerous: it's Exploitative and Amounts to Dictatorship Fetishism

Michael Day | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Michael Day

Otto Frederick Warmbier will be released one day after a suitably impressive American dignitary has come to usher him home, the same cannot be said for the majority of the people living under the Kim Regime though, which is all the more reason not to be complicit in their suffering.

Volunteerism - Today's MBA for Tomorrow's Entrepreneurs

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Remember that gung-ho teen who stopped you at the shopping centre for your signature on a petition or donation to a local cause? You might have just met tomorrow's millionaire entrepreneur.

There's Been Some Rather Unexpected Consequences Of Falling Global Oil Prices

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 27.02.2016 | UK

A fierce oil price war causing costs to tumble the world over is having some extraordinary effects. While oil producing nations continue to pump mi...

From Northern Ireland to Northern France - Why I Can't Bear the Destruction of the Calais Camp

Eamonn Maguire | Posted 25.02.2017 | UK
Eamonn Maguire

It saddens me that I must now prepare myself to see the sudden loss and destruction of so many months of hard work put in by many volunteers and refugees who have come together to create a vibrant community providing essential services to those most in need.

Human Rights Law Could Save The Refugees We're Ignoring From Losing Their Homes

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti & George Bowden | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK

The Calais 'Jungle' migrant camp will be partially bulldozed but "communal" facilities such as churches and schools will survive, a judge in France ha...

We Must Put the Rights of Ordinary Humans First

Salil Shetty | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK
Salil Shetty

The stakes for humankind have never been higher. The fact that we have the highest number of people uprooted from their homes since the Second World War - 60million - and 20million of them have been pushed out of their home countries - is a serious wake up call. The UN Security Council and the so-called international community continues to watch helplessly as Syria faces a complete meltdown. But it's not just Syria - Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Burundi, North Korea are all in a precarious condition. It is time for world leaders to stop playing politics with the lives of civilians - children, women and men. It is time to protect the human rights of ordinary people.

Illiteracy Is the Root Cause of Almost Every Major Problem Humanity Faces

Lily Cole | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK
Lily Cole

There are 757million illiterate people in the world right now. And this is not a developing world problem: one in five children in the UK, or one in four in the US, leave primary school unable to read and write properly. Illiteracy is not a sexy or exciting topic. It's not confronting in its raw emotional power... People aren't directly dying or overtly suffering of illiteracy. As far as global issues go, it may feel a little vanilla. But when you look at the relationship between illiteracy and most other global issues, a statistical pattern emerges.

Putin Can Conquer Syria but He Can't Hold It: How Russian 'Victory' Could Turn Into a Quagmire

Michael Day | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Michael Day

The streets of Britain will be less rather than more safe if Assad achieves a 'victory' over the rebels. Isis will have a powerful new recruiting tool and tensions between the Sunni and Shia communities in the UK, may reach the level of tension of that between Muslim and Jewish communities.

110-Year-Old Woman Gives Interviewer Ultimate Shade

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 20.02.2016 | UK Comedy

A supercentenarian with a penchant for whisky refused to play ball with a television reporter, by throwing blistering shade on attempts to coax a conv...

Japanese Whales

Steve Backshall | Posted 19.02.2017 | UK
Steve Backshall

Japan has once again sent whaling vessels into the Antarctic refuge, harvesting whales for 'scientific research', which they claim is allowable through a loophole in international law. In 2014, the UN's International Court of Justice ordered Japan to stop whaling in Antarctica as its so-called 'scientific whaling' is not compatible with the ICRW, the rulings of the IWC, or international law.

Never Mind the 'Thaw', Are Human Rights Still in the Deep Freeze in Iran

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.02.2017 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

The idea of a springtime in relations between Iran and the rest of the world is fanciful, a false spring no less. A new, slightly warmer relationship between London and Tehran might indeed lead to scheduled BA flights... but I'm unconvinced that anything fundamental has changed or is likely to do so.

Pope Francis Suggests Contraception For Zika Protection

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK

Pope Francis has suggested that women threatened with the Zika virus could use artificial contraception. The Pope said that those infected by the v...