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At the Crossroads: Women's Rights After 2015

Lee Webster | Posted 09.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 10.03.2015 | 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 07.03.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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.

Man Down - The Path to Kilimanjaro Turns Against Us

Noel Sullivan | Posted 26.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

The clouds had dropped away again revealing the surrounding mountainside, enormous trees called giant scenacios, dotted the landscape, strange exotic shapes that made you feel like you were on the set of Jurassic Park.

Refugees Are Not Terrorists

Jonathan Whittall | Posted 22.04.2015 | UK
Jonathan Whittall

Filling the cracks in this chaos, the Islamic State has extended its reach into Libya. While Egypt has publically launched airstrikes on Libya following the mass execution of 21 Egyptians by the Islamic State, some European countries seem once again to be readying themselves for military intervention.

Remote Warfare - The Latest (failing) Phase of Counter Terrorism

Jon Moran | Posted 25.04.2015 | UK
Jon Moran

The reasoning behind these tactics they are not working. They are what military thinker Gian Gentile calls a strategy of tactics, the use of weapons and techniques because they seem to work rather than because they fit any larger long term plan.

'No One Lives Here but Angels' - Halfway to the Summit of Kilimanjaro

Noel Sullivan | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

It was like scuba diving, something about being alone in the vastness of nature that makes you feel very small and very alive. Soon, the cloud closed in on us and the beautiful view was replaced with grey, which mirrored the approaching mood.

Does Anyone Care That Shia Are Being Relentlessly Murdered in Pakistan?

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

The global silence on the targeting of the Shia in Pakistan is sickening... Next time you hear a political leader speak about human rights, why don't you ask him where his voice was when Shia were being murdered in Pakistan? The Shia of Pakistan are an asset to Pakistan which should be protected at all costs. As politicians have rightly mentioned, if Jews left Europe, Europe would not be Europe any more. Well, if the Shia of Pakistan left Pakistan, Pakistan would not be Pakistan any more.

For Better or Worse: Child Marriage Is a Violation of Girls' Rights

Tanya Barron | Posted 18.04.2015 | UK
Tanya Barron

Globally, marriage is not always something to celebrate. While some 350 couples a day decide to tie the knot in the UK, around the world 41,000 girls every day enter into a union they didn't choose. That's one girl every two seconds married against her will.

With or Without a Vote, Today's Young People Are Making Change

Craig Kielburger | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Craig Kielburger

From homelessness and knife crime, to unemployment and climate change, today's young people are affected by the social challenges they see around them. These issues are impacted in turn by political decisions made in Westminster - so it is important to discuss whether young people under 18 should have democratic input into the political future of their country.

More Shark Attacks? We Have Only Ourselves to Blame

Captain Paul Watson | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK
Captain Paul Watson

Shark attacks are on the rise and the reason for this is entirely the fault of humanity... We need to look at it from the point of view of the shark. The ocean is their home. We are stealing their food. We are trespassing on their territory and we savagely slaughter 75million sharks each year, much of which goes to make a soup that has absolutely no nutritional value. When we look into the eye of what we perceive to be a savage monster, we see the reflection of a much more destructive monster - ourselves.

Breaking Media Silence: Three Muslims Killed in Chapel Hill Shooting #MuslimLivesMatter

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

Where is the full on media coverage that we should expect to receive when a tragedy like this has occurred? Where are the protests, the standing united against terror attacks that we see on the news for these killings? Were they not innocent souls that have been taken unjustly?

Us and Them in Nigeria

Ian Linden | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Ian Linden

Solidarities grounded in ethnicity and faith do not always win over other criteria: who might prove less corrupt, who might distribute oil wealth more widely, even to the poor, who might perform the minimal requirement of a functioning state, the provision of security to its citizens?

Jungle Fever. Under Canvas on Kilimanjaro.

Noel Sullivan | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

I called to Dan and Lauren to bring the camera over as the monkey lazily flopped down out of the tree and into the grass to start grazing. I think seeing any animal in it's natural habitat is always unforgettable but this was brilliant. I felt like Dian Fossey.

Why we Need to Revolutionise our Study of Cities

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Tech
Dirk Jan van den Berg

One of the key questions academics face with this agenda is whether there are limits we will have to heed with urbanisation. Or in other words, can the expansion of cities be a linear scaling driven by the number its inhabitants.

Help Us Make a Very Real Difference to the Lives of Those Ex-servicemen and Women Struggling on Civvy Street

Evgeny Lebedev | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Evgeny Lebedev

In Russia, where I was born during the Soviet war with Afghanistan, we were taught to unconditionally respect our returning veterans - regardless of whether we agreed ideologically with the reasons they had been sent to war. It's an axiom that has stuck with me ever since.