The lockdown measures we have all recently been subjected to has offered us a brief insight into the impact on human wellbeing of restrictions on mobility. While migration due to environmental change is not a new concept; the levels of climate migration have increased dramatically in recent years. Whilst our attention has been almost exclusively focused on COVID-19 during these past few months, we must not forget that climate change is inextricably linked with public health as well as with migration.
There have been a string of anti-mask protests in Ireland since July. While it might be true that the far right is just a tiny minority of the attendees at such protests – they are present. They are able to utilise the platform to advance their own agenda. They have an audience, willing to listen and capable of being persuaded. This is where the danger begins.
The image of Western military powers as an emancipatory force for women has been promoted for over a century, yet ultimately could not be further from the truth. Historically, Britain and other European powers have attacked the rights and undermined the autonomy of women in colonised countries.
The Russian “anti-corruption” campaigner, Navalny, has been discharged from acute inpatient care, after becoming ill on his flight from Siberia in August. It was not long before allegations of poisoning were banded about, and the future of Russian politics was called into question. He is however to remain under supervision as the long term effects of his condition are not yet known.
Oatly has made headlines recently for accepting an investment from Blackstone, one of the largest private equity firms in the world, which has links to deforestation in the Amazon and the Trump administration. The case of Oatly raises the question – is it possible to be 100% sustainable within our current economic framework?
The Beijing World Conference on Women, took place in September 1995, 25 years ago! Those born after 1990 are probably too young to remember the conference and its significance. But Beijing was a true landmark event. It resulted in more than 30,000 activists, representatives from 189 nations, unanimously adopting the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action – a vision of equal rights, freedom, and opportunities for women that continues to shape gender equality and women’s movements worldwide.
The British Army has a poor track record when it comes to women’s rights. With this in mind, it is clear why many were sceptical of Whitmore defending her collaboration with the army in the name of feminist discourse. While the British Army’s use of feminist language in their PR campaigns could be interpreted as a sign of progress, it is important to question the intentions behind this move and, most importantly, who benefits from it.
WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH #SECONDHANDSEPTEMBER! 👕👗👖 Are you sticking to your commitments? We chat with the amazing Instagram slow fashion advocate Alba Mullen, aka @traashion, whose words and wisdom will inspire you on your own journey to sustainable fashion.
This Second Hand September, check out our list of 10 sustainable fashion brands worth investing in – able, tentree, boden, kotn, thought clothing, ref jeans, girlfriend collective, cuyana, amour vert, everlane.
The documentary film, Miss Representation, came out in 2011, yet it remains shockingly resonant today in 2020. The film exposes how mainstream media and culture contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America. As an American woman, Miss Representation strongly resonates with me, but its message is relevant to women and girls everywhere.