Activists + Innovators Series: World Refugee Week with The Danú Project

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Paula Martinez from The Danú Project during World Refugee Week.

The beauty of Pride

We often hear confusion as to why the whole of June is dedicated to Pride celebration and festivities. But why not? Pride month wasn’t created to change sexualities or impose ideas. Pride month celebrates the liberation of being who you authentically are, and that is where the beauty lies.

Rainbow washing + the exploitation of the LGBTQ+ community by major corporations

Pride is a vibrant celebration of sexual diversity and acceptance. But just like everything else that is good and pure in this world, the Pride festivities have been tarnished by corporate efforts to execute their own agenda and appeal to the huge market of consumers who support LGBTQ+-friendly businesses.

The wild and crumbling Atlantic Way: Donegal’s mica crisis is out of our government’s reach

Donegal’s mica crisis is out of control. Material-stretching and money-saving tactics of family trade has caused houses to crumble down around innocent families. The current redress scheme is not fit for purpose, and as of recent months, the people of Donegal are gathering in solidarity for a satisfactory 100% redress scheme and no less.

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Business & Politics

This section of STAND News is edited by Megan Carey. Business & Politics focuses on international stories that cover business innovations, economic questions, and political and geopolitical issues.

Arya Rajendran: Who is India’s youngest mayor? 

22-year-old Arya Rajendran was voted in as Mayor of the Thiruvananthapuram City Corporation, the largest urban body in Kerala, in December last year. Under her leadership, the party is focussed on solving student mental health issues.

Root causes of the Israel-Palestine conflict

The Israel-Palestine conflict is one that has dominated global news for decades. The tensions between both sides run deep and the world is divided in its support. However the situation is not as clear-cut as most people believe, and the timeline is much greater than many realize.

Bidenomics and the border: Overriding themes of the first 100 days

Labelled by his predecessor as Sleepy Joe Biden, the largely assumed safe, moderate choice of the 2020 Democratic candidates has ironically emerged as one of the most progressive US Presidents in modern history. The assumptions that the Biden White House would resemble that of a third-term Obama were just plain wrong. But how does he stack up against his predecessors so far?

The Irish Language: Need for constitutional reform?

With the centenary of the Anglo-Irish Treaty later this year, it can be regarded as a fitting time to review provisions for Irish and other languages in our constitution. Both Irish and English are official languages of our country.

OutSTANDing Stories: Robert Brennan, TU Dublin

In the second episode of our series ‘OutSTANDing Stories’, Emily Savage interviews Robert Brennan, a first-year student in TU Dublin as they discuss their lived experiences as a trans student in third-level education so far. Robert details the network of supports available to them such as the campuses LGBTQ soc, the SU and the Welfare and Equalities Officer, campus counselling services and outside organisations such as TENI and BeLong To. Robert stresses the importance of having people on your side who are willing to advocate for you, so you don’t have to just advocate for yourself. Robert also discusses the impact of online learning and concerns around starting face-to-face lectures in September with the possibility of being misgendered more by lecturers or classmates.

OutSTANDing Stories: Jayson Pope, UCD LBGTQ+ Soc

In the first episode of our new series ‘OutSTANDing Stories’, Emily Savage interviews Jayson Pope, Auditor Elect of UCD LBGTQ+ Society and volunteer with BeLonG To, as he discusses his lived experiences as a trans student in UCD. Jayson discusses his identity and the joys and issues he’s faced in both social and academic settings upon entering third-level education. For Jayson, his position as a trans student has directly impacted what he hopes to do in life. In this episode, he also offers outlets of support to any student who is going through a similar experience.

Real reform or merely recognition? Examining O’Gorman’s plan to end Direct Provision

In February of this year, Minister Roderic O’Gorman published the White Paper detailing a new system of reception and accommodation for International Protection Applicants.

The people’s game? Racist football in a divided society

Born out of the Betar movement, Beitar Jerusalem is one of Israel’s top football teams which has acted as a symbol of anti-Arab racism ever since, with even its own supporters identifying themselves as “the most racist football team in the country.”

Diversity & Inclusion

This section of STAND News is edited by Conor Courtney. Diversity & Inclusion focuses on the latest news stories regarding reform and social inclusion. These stories highlight the global and social issues of equality and diversity.

Women

This section of STAND News is edited by Ellen McVeigh. The Women section of STAND News looks at the issues women face, like income inequality and misogyny in the media, around the world and opportunities for change and reform in this arena.

Nepal’s anti-trafficking law is a deep rooted patriarchal issue

The Nepali government’s proposal to ban all women from travelling abroad has caused uproar with gender equality activists. The ban is an attempt to prevent the trafficking of Nepali women, but a report in 2018 confirmed that over 18,000 males were also victims of trafficking that year. The proposed ban is both patriarchal and misogynistic.

Why is it illegal for married couples to have different surnames in Japan?

Japan is one of very few industrialised countries to presently implement the law which requires married couples to share one surname. Although they must not necessarily take the man’s name, women’s rights activists are campaigning for change as the law is unprogressive in terms of gender equality.

Women and the Military: The unequal burden of war

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 misogynistic reality of media interviews

From the hills of Hollywood to the chambers of Parliament, misogyny rears its ugly head in the form of a media who incessantly seem to value the achievements of women based upon their physical appearance, their relationship status and their ability to balance family and professional life.

For years, interviewers have exploited young and successful women, at the expense of their sanity and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not a historical problem, and is still prevalent in modern-day media.

Our house is still on fire but where is our extinguisher?

Over two years ago, Greta Thunberg stood before the World Economic Forum and declared that our house, planet Earth, is on fire. Ignorance is not going to put out the flames and it is detrimental that we find the extinguisher now.

Where does my waste go?

STAND alumni Sangha C. Mukherjee questions where our waste actually goes using anecdotal perspectives and lived experiences, whilst also referring every related issue back to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Coláiste Dhúlaigh Series: Why heavy rain is bad news for swimmers

Grainne Saunders discovers why sea swimming in Dublin Bay isn’t always good for your health.

Climate Case Ireland: Paving the way for improved environmental rights?

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is Restore the Earth. But without the constitutional right to a healthy environment, Ireland falls behind hundreds of countries who have ensued increased environmental protection.

Environment

This section of STAND News is edited by Anastasiya Sytnyk. Our Environment section tracks the latest news in climate cases, environmental problems locally and globally, and looks forward to innovative solutions to climate change.

Arts & Culture

This section of STAND News is edited by Deepthi Suresh. The Arts & Culture section gives us an in-depth look at what’s happening in the media and its relation to our everyday lives. It highlights what’s most relevant in film, television, journalism, social media, cultural movements.

I May Destroy You: Letting go or making sense of it?

Written and co-directed by the charismatic talent, Michaela Coel, who also plays the lead role of Arabella, I May Destroy You is one of the best portrayals of millennial life in recent times.

Do we need a Gossip Girl reboot?

The original series had us romanticising a world of materialism fuelled by the capitalism of the millennial boom. But as these ideals came crashing down around us, viewers of Gossip Girl began using the series as a form of escapism from the surrounding depression. Will the newest reboot represent a more diverse, inclusive and relatable version of the Upper East Side?

Women in the MCU

A look at how the MCU have finally provided an in-depth insight into the humane and vulnerable side of the female superhero.

Book review- A Wiser Girl

Parisa Zangeneh reviews A Wiser Girl by Moya Roddy

The wild and crumbling Atlantic Way: Donegal’s mica crisis is out of our government’s reach

Donegal’s mica crisis is out of control. Material-stretching and money-saving tactics of family trade has caused houses to crumble down around innocent families. The current redress scheme is not fit for purpose, and as of recent months, the people of Donegal are gathering in solidarity for a satisfactory 100% redress scheme and no less.

India’s Covid-19 inferno: What went wrong?

During the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic, epidemiologists predicted that “India could see the worst of it”. As home to some of the world’s most crowded cities with a population of over 1.3 billion people coupled with an ailing healthcare system, it seemed as though India was the perfect kettle of fish for the coronavirus to cast its deadly net over.

More than 6,500 migrant workers have died in Qatar in preparation for the World Cup 2022

Heartbreakingly, an average of 12 migrant workers have died every week since 2010 in the construction of the Qatar 2022 World Cup infrastructure. As a staggering proportion of these deaths have been deemed “due to natural causes”, there is a need for investigation to find the truth behind such a death toll.

Kids in cages: Biden’s end to his predecessor’s policies causes surge in cross-border migration

“Kids in cages” is a phrase we are all unfortunately accustomed to hearing. The migrant crisis and border policies dominated Donald Trump’s presidency, and images of children crowded into tiny, wired confines have since been associated with the former administration.

Humanitarian

This section of STAND News is edited by Amyrose Forder. Our Humanitarian section looks into the shocking cases of human rights abuses and the triumphs of humanitarian relief and reform.

Opinion

This section of STAND News is edited by Olivia Moore. The Opinion section features a subjective viewpoint with social and political purpose from our contributors. They cover a breadth of topics from beauty standards to football queries to free speech.

The beauty of Pride

We often hear confusion as to why the whole of June is dedicated to Pride celebration and festivities. But why not? Pride month wasn’t created to change sexualities or impose ideas. Pride month celebrates the liberation of being who you authentically are, and that is where the beauty lies.

Rainbow washing + the exploitation of the LGBTQ+ community by major corporations

Pride is a vibrant celebration of sexual diversity and acceptance. But just like everything else that is good and pure in this world, the Pride festivities have been tarnished by corporate efforts to execute their own agenda and appeal to the huge market of consumers who support LGBTQ+-friendly businesses.

Don’t apologise if you can’t come to the phone right now: Why boundary setting in friendships is important

In an ever-changing world of lockdowns and restrictions, it is okay to be apprehensive of your friends’ attitudes. We imagine exciting and emotional reunions, but this time is also a great opportunity to lay some ground rules. Social media has exacerbated our availability to be on-hand and counsel everyone’s problems, but sometimes all you need is space.

Announcement culture: a 21st problem with an age-old solution

Announcement culture is a 21st century phenomenon that perpetuates our need to be constantly busy in order to have something to announce. We now have the tendency to judge our success and that of others on the quantity of announcements made rather than quality.

Activists + Innovators Series: World Refugee Week with The Danú Project

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Paula Martinez from The Danú Project during World Refugee Week.

Activists + Innovators Series: Mental Health Matters with UCC Sámh

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Katie Curtin from UCC SÁMH on the topic of mental health and student wellbeing.

Activists + Innovators Series: Fashion Revolution Week with Studio Minti

In our live series, Activists + Innovators, we talk with Laura Egan from Studio Minti during Fashion Revolution Week.

The Glow West Podcast with Dr. Caroline West

Dr. Caroline West introduces her Glow West podcast, about all things sex, sexuality and the body.

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