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Follow these bloggers as they discuss women, faith, justice and being advocates for change...
|Caroline Maxwell||Sarah Giles||Amanda Jackson|
The recent report of the horrific gang rape of a young Delhi student and her subsequent death from septicemia (blood poisoning) and multi-organ failure due to injury after she was repeatedly raped and violated with an iron bar - has roused many in India and across the globe to demand that the Indian government take the issue of violence against women more seriously. The apathy of the police, public, political classes and even the judiciary often leave female victims of violence with little recourse to justice.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau, one rape is reported every 20 minutes in India. And for every reported case there will be several others that go unreported.
Growing up in Delhi, as a student, I often travelled in public buses to get to college and get around the city to visit friends. [Read more...]
With the Christmas season well and truly upon us the last couple of weeks have been busy. Meeting work deadlines, catching up with friends old and new for festive drinks, carol singing and of course Christmas shopping!
I’m not really a ‘last minute’ shopper as I hate the crowds and avoid London’s Oxford Street like the plague. But this year I’ve been struggling on the perfect presents for my nearest and dearest. What can I give them that’s special, memorable and that will last? [Read more...]
“We just want our husbands to care for us; when we visit the doctor, we just want respect.”
The women in Epworth, an informal township outside Harare had gathered at a church hall to tell their stories. They simply pleaded to be appreciated. The women have few choices because they are poor, but they want their daughters to have a different experience – to marry later, to decide when to have children and to know their views will be valued. Their dreams are not radical! [Read more...]
One of the hardest things when confronted with such a level of need as we encounter in Uganda is the feeling of helplessness, and “how can I make a difference when there’s SO much to be done?”. Well, take encouragement from this story...
Nampijja was a healthy 21 year old girl when she was involved in a serious road traffic accident. So serious were her injuries that she was told she would never walk again – the doctors didn’t even feel it was worth trying to align the large bone in her thigh which had broken in two from the impact. [Read more...]
There are some exciting and challenging times ahead. No I’m not referring to the Olympics. Something even better than that, it’s a chance to shape history for the better.
And no, you don’t have to be an extraordinary super athlete to take part (phew, as sport is not one of my strengths)!
So what am I talking about? Well as a young woman passionate about ending poverty I’m incredibly excited about how we can all play an instrumental part in ensuring that the poorest are given a better chance in life. [Read more...]