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Ending Sexual Violence in Conflict by Empowering Women

Felicity Gerry | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Felicity Gerry

To end sexual violence in conflict, there needs to be more women in senior positions within the UN and other international organisations, more female ambassadors to the UN; and more women in the police and military.

On Human Rights Day We Need to Look at Whether We Are Failing Children in England?

Paola Uccellari | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Paola Uccellari

Maybe Human Rights Day, 25 years after the promises in the UNCRC were made, is the time to reclaim children's human rights, when children need them.

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls?

Emma Fulu | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Emma Fulu

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the DFID- flagship programme, What Works to Prevent Violence, is unveiling the recipients of its global research and innovation grants. Eighteen cutting-edge projects to prevent violence against women and girls have been sele

Refugees Crossing the Mediterranean Deserve Protection, Not Russian Roulette

Carlotta Sami | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK
Carlotta Sami

Mhere is no reason at all for which people should risk their last hopes and often die at sea. The time has come for the EU institutions and Member States to step up their collective action to strengthen rescue operations, provide swift access to asylum procedures to those in need of international protection and increase legal alternatives to prevent people from having to undertake these dangerous sea crossings.

0.7% Towards a Better Future

Stephen_Brown | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Stephen_Brown

Through our support for Overseas Aid, Britain saves a life every two minutes and today an overwhelming majority of MPs voted to guarantee it in law. Spending just 70p out of every £100 in tax collected is changing the face of our planet - to the betterment of the world's poorest and yes, to us too.

'Foreign Fighters': Different European Responses to the Same Threat

Tanya Silverman | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tanya Silverman

Many communities that foreign fighters come from have a troubled relationship with the police and a mistrust of the government. In response to this there have also been a number of civil society-led hotlines to report prospective travellers without the need to involve law enforcement.

The Illegal Wildlife - It's Closer to Home Than You May Think

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

The trade is real, it does affect us - no matter where we live. With your support we can and we will close it down. With your support we can and we will close it down. We need your help to tackle wildlife cybercrime.

My Son Is Not a Terrorist But He Was Terrorised

Ashfaq Ahmad | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Ashfaq Ahmad

This week marked the 11th anniversary of the day that changed our lives forever. On 2 December 2003, my son Babar Ahmad was accused by the Metropolitan Police of being an al-Qaeda terrorist, an allegation made after officers brutally assaulted him and mocked his religion.

Is It Time to Leave Planet Earth?

Robin Lustig | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK
Robin Lustig

Ok, so what if 2014 turns out to be the hottest year on record? One freak result proves nothing. But here's another one of those unfortunate statistics that, in a sane world, should persuade the climate change sceptics finally to admit defeat: 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred since the beginning of this century. Nothing to do with us? Sorry, the evidence is overwhelming

Getting Our Stories Straight at COP 20 in Lima

Samantha J Smith | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Samantha J Smith

There's a revolution going on outside the halls of the UN's COP 20 climate change talks in Lima, Peru. Industry is taking action on climate change. People are taking to the streets. The weather is changing...

Race Inequality Is Real, Whether We Choose to Recognise It or Not

Dr Omar Khan | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK
Dr Omar Khan

The first step in ensuring that a third generation of British-born ethnic minorities doesn't experience the same imbalance is recognising the extent of these inequalities. It's no good to argue that race doesn't matter anymore, when all the evidence shows that BME people still experience disadvantage over every significant measurement of quality of life in Britain.

MPs Must Grab Chance to Cement UK's Status as Global Leader in Fight Against Poverty

Mark Goldring | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Goldring

Friday's Parliamentary vote on Michael Moore's Private Members' Bill is a chance for MPs to reconfirm the UK's status as a global leader in the fight against poverty. I urge them to grasp it. It is surely not too much to ask the UK to continue to give 7p in every £10 of national income to help the world's poorest people...

There's No Place Like Home...

Sophie Bauer | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Bauer

I have always dreaded the question "Where are you from?" For me there are only two options. I can um and ah and seem horrendously self-obsessed. Alternatively I can spare myself the hassle and just go for the easiest, least controversial option: I'm from Birmingham. What a copout...

Why One Perdue Chicken Farmer Broke the Conspiracy of Silence

Philip Lymbery | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Philip Lymbery

In 1992, Craig went into chicken farming to feed his family and be his own boss. He soon found he was anything but. And, after 22 years of farming, he has done something no one has done before. He gave us, two long-standing animal welfare advocates, unrestricted access to his farm where he raises chickens for US poultry giant Perdue...

Turkish President Preaches to the Choir

Simon Johns | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Simon Johns

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's recent string of off-key statements are music to the ears of both his supporters and an opposition that loves to poke fun from the sidelines but offers scant intelligent counterpoint.

Russia Today UK Is Bad News - But Even Tyrants Have a Right to Free Speech

James Snell | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
James Snell

Yes, RT is bad, but maybe by exposing its partisanship and the many flaws in its approach to a wider range of people, we might be able to defuse some of its negative potential. If our arguments for liberal democracy were not good enough to stand up to this sort of naked political manoeuvring, that is the point at which we should begin to worry.

Why Visiting a Rainforest Might Just Save the World

Ella Jameson | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Ella Jameson

While hordes of tourists with cameras swarming through rainforests is also obviously not what we want, the more people understand these incredible ecosystems, whether through actually visiting themselves or learning proactively, the better.

It's Time to Focus on Nutrition

Aaron Oxley | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Aaron Oxley

It is sadly true that one of the biggest and most neglected challenges facing the global community is still malnutrition, specifically undernutrition. It affects more people than any single disease and is an underlying cause of nearly half of all child deaths. In the global fight to end suffering and reduce poverty, tackling undernutrition will have a significant and lasting impact.

Egypt's Worrying Trend Towards Medicalising FGM

Suad Abu-Dayyeh | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK
Suad Abu-Dayyeh

According to Unicef, more than 27.2million Egyptian women and girls have been affected by FGM.  This represents 91% of the female population and is the biggest number for any one nationality.  Out of an estimated 100-140million affected by FGM globally, at least one in five is from Egypt.

World AIDS Day: Cut Gay Blood Ban to Three Months

Peter Tatchell | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The current ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood within 12 months of them last having sex is medically unjustified discrimination based on sexual orientation. It is premised on a generalisation about men who have sex with men.The government should cut the basic exclusion period to three months, dependent on the risk factors associated with each individual donor. These risk factors include not only HIV but also other sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). Protecting the blood supply is the number one priority but ensuring blood safety does not require a rule that no gay or bisexual man can donate blood for a year since his last same-sex experience.

In Pictures: 'Creative' Hong Kong Democracy Occupiers Reconvene to 'Watch TV Billboard'

Tom Grundy | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Tom Grundy

A day after one of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps was cleared by police and bailiffs, hundreds of pro-democracy activists returned to Mong Kok's main shopping thoroughfare on Thursday evening. Instead of erecting tents, activists convened to collectively watch movie trailers and adverts on a cinema billboard.

Getting Everyone in the Picture: Don't Forget Girls

Nigel Chapman | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 135 million children in Asia-Pacific have not had their births registered. While this number is split fairly evenly between male and female, we have to take into account that young girls and women already have to break down significant barriers just to be treated equally. If they are not registered, the barriers to participation become even more prominent.

'You Just Have to Keep Going'

Noel Sullivan | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Noel Sullivan

I should be more excited but the tiredness is keeping my emotions at bay. It's probably a good thing. As Sunday draws closer and we buy final bits and pieces to add to the ever expanding kit the challenge we have set ourself is clear. We are about to embark on one of the toughest, most exhilarating moments of our lives.

Why Has the UK Only Offered Refuge to 100 Syrians?

Cat Carter | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Cat Carter

The brutal, chaotic, sprawling Syria crisis is now so multi-faceted, with so many layers, even the newsrooms, experts and seasoned aid-workers are struggling to keep up. I've been working on Syria for nearly four years, yet it continues to horrify me with its images of suffering - of starving families, child amputees and torture survivors. It terrifies me with its prospect of longevity - there is seemingly no end to such an intractable war... We must settle more. We should resettle at least 10,000, our fair share of the 180,000+ who need to be resettled in the rich and developed nations.

A Time of Tears, Sorrow, Stigmatisation and Isolation

Ann-Marie Wilson | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK
Ann-Marie Wilson

Over the coming weeks and months we will continue to work with partners in country and in the diaspora communities to raise awareness and funds to combat Ebola and ensure support is available to help the recovery from this outbreak.