Entries categorized "poverty"

I've been intrigued by female colleagues grumbling about International Women's Day. One said she was always taught that if you put your mind to it, you could do anything you wanted to and that having a 'women's day' actually marginalised women. I'm sure that if you are fortunate enough to... Read more →


Ebola: crisis communication plans have been shredded and rewritten as those at the heart of the outbreak work to help communities understand how to protect themselves and their loved ones. New response road maps must be drafted and made ready - for roads we have never walked before. Read more →


Earlier this month, the United Nations Committee on Food Security met in Rome. Among the many grave warnings they issued was one concerning the effect of extreme weather on the United States' crops and grain reserves - extreme weather that, when described, was a lot like today's Hurricane Sandy. A... Read more →


Internet Access a 'human right'? Finland finishes first in making it work

Today, Finland becomes the first country in the world to enshrine internet access as a legal right for its citizens. This piece from the BBC provides a quick overview of what has been accomplished, and follows on from the BBC survey earlier this year which identified access as a fundamental... Read more →


Only the silence seems to grow in face of global food shortages

It is nearly a year since I first blogged about the severe food shortages in North Korea. Today, conditions are much worse, to the point where the cloistered North is even contemplating asking for help from South Korea - so things must be bad. But North Korea is not alone... Read more →


Afghan men can now starve their wives. How can we let such a law exist?

A great deal of hot air is generated by bloggers and other commentators when it comes to the power of the web to change things. The potential exists for sure - and yet a law like this can be passed today,in 2009, when we are all supposed to be 'civilised'... Read more →


Join the Twestival - Feb 12 2009 - and get some cool water

Something really cool from Twitter (at long last). Social media for social good. If you like your Twitter, then join the Twestival tomorrow night in Sale Street for some fun and fundraising for clean water around the globe. Why? Because right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don't have... Read more →


"Christmas is for Children", goes the saying - unless of course you are a child soldier in Darfur...

My youngest child is 12 years old. We have - like many other families around the world - been happily getting ready for Christmas over the last couple of days. Amidst the comfort we are fortunate enough to share, I find it hard to imagine a world where at 12,... Read more →


Cast a wary eye North as Iceland riots over crisis

Currently being reported as food riots in some blogs, the unrest in Iceland sees a physical manifestation of the financial meltdown that left the country all but bankrupt and, at times, facing severe food shortages. Here's the ITN report on YouTube and a report from The Scotsman. Check on some... Read more →


Thanksgiving ahead - but food shortages increase in US towns

There has been a significant increase in the last three weeks in the number of stories coming out of the USA highlighting the problems and shortages facing the country's foodbanks. As times get tougher, more and more people are turning to foodbanks for help - some are reporting increases of... Read more →