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We Day to Me Day: The Damaging Effect of Voluntourism

Iram Sarwar | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK
Iram Sarwar

While the day was meant to be an opportunity to inspire a generation to become global and active citizens, the message that the day purported revealed a dark side to our desire to help those in the developing world.

The Future of the Commonwealth

Hugo Swire | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Politics
Hugo Swire

This government has made no secret of its strong support for the Commonwealth. But no institution today can be complacent. People rightly want to know why institutions exist and what they achieve. The European Union is familiar with this sort of scrutiny - and in recent times, the UK and others across Europe have been asking how it can become more competitive, more flexible and more democratically accountable. The Commonwealth's challenge is very different. It has to explain to all of us how it can be relevant to us in a 21st century world, a world of competing bodies and organisations covering every area of international activity.

International Men's Day - Not in My Name

Liam Beattie | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Beattie

This year's International Women's Day has the theme of 'Equality for Women is Equality for all' as designated by the United Nations. Within that theme...

The Inspirational Women Behind the Slums of Kibera

Kelly Hoppen | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Kelly Hoppen

To celebrate International Women's Day I went to Africa with Sport Relief earlier this week to visit two projects working hard to empower young women living in the continent's biggest slum. Here are the eight things that inspired me the most during my time in Nairobi, Kenya...

When You Can't Tell Anyone You've Been Raped - Because You're Disabled

Clare Pelham | Posted 07.05.2014 | UK
Clare Pelham

As women across the world get ready to celebrate their International Day, there is one sobering subject that we should not forget - the terrible toll abuse and violence takes on women, particularly disabled women.

Mark International Women's Day by Getting Girls in School

Sarah Brown | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Sarah Brown

Increasingly the attention on girls and women at the heart of social and economic development means that how girls are educated and what skills women bring to the workplace come to the fore. I have just returned from a remote and rural part of northern Ghana where I travelled with Sport Relief to see how the education projects they support - Voluntary Service Overseas and Afrikids, are making a difference for marginalised and vulnerable children.

How Can Ukraine, Crimea and Russia Secure a Stable Future?

The Conversation UK | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

Given the precarious legal and constitutional framework on which the current status of Crimea has been built since the Soviet period, a purely legal "solution" taking recourse to past institutional arrangements is unlikely to be possible or even desirable. What is required is first and foremost a political decision and a commitment to put it on a sound legal and constitutionally as well as internationally agreed basis.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

EUSSR Lessons of Democracy to Ukraine

Marina Kim | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Marina Kim

Forget about Putin. His personality is way too fascinating - in a sinister kind of way - to discuss issues as they are, without letting emotions come into play. In fact, forget about Russia at all. Let's think Ukraine and let's think democracy, as that is the major value the EU is meant to be bringing to this born-again country.

Ukraine: The West Defending Democracy or Just Playing Politics?

Dan Ehrlich | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Dan Ehrlich

America and the European Union are playing politics, not defending democracy in rushing to support the revolutionary government in Ukraine. On the other hand, Russia's invasion of the country mutes its legitimate view that this was nothing more than an undemocratic coupe.

Join Our Call to Make Women Matter

Claire Morris | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Claire Morris

Women around the world are still facing some of the worst discrimination imaginable. From child marriage to female genital mutilation and inexcusably high rates of maternal mortality, the list goes on. As we approach International Women's Day, it doesn't seem like there is much to celebrate.

Bringing Up the Bodies in Darfur

Olivia Warham | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK
Olivia Warham

It is bad enough that the international community averts its eyes from the state-sponsored horror that persists in Darfur and elsewhere in Sudan... We compound Darfur's suffering by failing to use our leverage in the region to ensure Bashir faces justice at the ICC.

Mind the Gap: What the Public Thinks About Charities

Dan Corry | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Today NPC publishes research with Ipsos MORI looking at the public's attitude to charities. There is a wealth of interesting material uncovered by the polling and set out in our report. But in thinking about the research a number of things have occurred to me that are particularly worth sharing.

What Fukushima Means to Me

Yumiko Sato | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Yumiko Sato

As the third year anniversary of The Great Tohoku Earthquake approaches on March 11, what does Fukushima mean to us, Japanese? The answer depends on who you ask...

If Trees Could Give Off Wi-Fi Signals

Mudabbir Khalid | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Mudabbir Khalid

We are connected to this world in more ways than imaginable, in the ground and in the air; everything is made up of the basic building blocks of life, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. Trees are one of these givers of life, and how humans and trees correspond to give each other life is one of the most fundamental, yet essential aspects of ecology that much of the world lets slip from their minds...

Witness Claims Pistorius Asked Him to Take Blame for Accidental Restaurant Shot

Cassandra Ward | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Cassandra Ward

A witness has testified in the trial of Oscar Pistorius that the Olympian asked a friend to take the blame for firing a shot in an upmarket restaurant. Boxer, Kevin Lerena, appeared at Pistorius trial as a prosecution witness and outlined the events of the shooting, which took place at Tasha's restaurant, in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, on 13 January 2013.

Lebanon: Being Gay Is Not a Crime Nor Against Nature

Dan Littauer | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Dan Littauer

A court in Lebanon has made a historic ruling stating same-sex relations are not "contradicting the laws of nature" and cannot therefore be considered a crime, said a statement only revealed today.

Fighting to End Newborn Deaths Across the World

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In an effort to save millions of newborn lives, we are urging all global leaders to take a stance this year and commit to a blueprint for change, namely, the Five Point Newborn Promise. This agenda focuses on training and equipping enough skilled healthcare workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

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Syrian Refugee Camps May Be A Breeding Ground For Terrorists, Says Malala Yousafzai

HuffingtonPost.com | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

Syrian refugee camps may be a breeding ground for terrorism, Malala Yousafzai has warned. The 16-year-old education campaigner, who was shot in the...

Western Hubris and Events in Ukraine

Dr Lee Marsden | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Lee Marsden

Crimea has only been part of Ukraine since 1954, a technical decision by Khrushchev, which made little practical difference as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic was an integral part of the Soviet Union. If it should wish to re-join Russia then so be it.

Televising High Profile Cases Would Be to Everyone's Benefit

David Lammy | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
David Lammy

Why is it that in Britain our criminal courts remain untelevised? Why is it that high profile cases - like the current phone hacking trials in the Old Bailey, which has huge repercussions for our democracy and will be closely followed around the world - can only be conveyed to us as second-hand information?

The Lesson for British Eurosceptics From Ukraine - Europe Matters, and Europe Works

Jack Butler | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Butler

Europe isn't perfect, and nor is the EU. Neither are 'finished projects', so to speak. The Ukrainian revolution is a powerful reminder that not all the former Soviet republics democratised at the same time, or at the same pace, and we all know that the EU is hardly a paradise for democracy.

Putin Is Playing Chess While the West Is Playing Checkers

John Wight | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
John Wight

The sight of Russian soldiers in the Crimea is evidence that western hegemony, long held as the sine qua non of global affairs, is no longer a given. It is also further evidence that when it comes to foreign policy, Vladimir Putin is playing chess while his counterparts in Washington, London, and throughout the EU are playing checkers.

Her Name Was Reeva Steenkamp

Louise Pennington | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK
Louise Pennington

When Steenkamp was killed in February 2013, media outlets like the Sun and the Daily Mail chose to run articles featuring Steenkamp in bikinis; as if Steenkamp only mattered because she was beautiful and, by default, white. I thought this, only with live coverage of the trial, would be debased as humanity could get. I was wrong.

In the Ukraine Powerplay, the West Has Much to Answer For

Paul Embery | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Embery

It wasn't just Russia that breached the sovereignty of Ukraine. The West did it too. And, in doing so, it set the scene for one of the most precarious international crises for a generation... The Eurocrats and oligarchs have failed Ukraine. Its people now need to look to each other in the fight for justice and liberation.