Category: Social Justice

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

London, United Kingdom: “Us” versus “Them.” This is turning out to be a common theme in politics nowadays, from the United Kingdom’s Brexit to the rise of strongmen leaders in Asia, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. The current buzzword used to explain this phenomenon? Identity politics. But what is ‘Identity...

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Washington DC, United States: In politically divisive times, some might be drawn to the idea that the truth is always “in the middle.” That is wholly untrue. While it might be uncomfortable, one side’s arguments are sometimes factually true while another’s are only ideologically true. Global warming isn’t a half-threat; racism isn’t only somewhat of...

How We Can Tackle Child Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in the Fashion Industry

How We Can Tackle Child Labor and Modern-Day Slavery in the Fashion Industry

Toronto, Canada: We live in a world with immense complexities. New innovations, advancements in technology and sustainability are being explored every day to solve global problems. But still, there is the mentality that some problems don’t need ‘solving’. Some will argue that climate change is a hoax and others too will argue that sweatshops offer...

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

10 Innovative Apps By African Entrepreneurs Helping To Improve the Lives of People in Africa

It is no longer news that Africa has grown to become a strong competitor in the tech world. Young, educated Africans are at the forefront of this growth and are developing various applications and solutions for the African and sometimes, global market. These startups are not all building mobile applications, so much as they are...

Making Poverty History

Making Poverty History

Abuja, Nigeria: Poverty is a familiar term. According to the World Bank, 60 percent of Nigerians are poor. So, when my editor asked my views on wealth distribution, poverty and how to end it; I thought of these statistics, the research that has been done and solutions that have been put forward by organizations such...

Climate Refugees: Climate Change Could Displace 150 Million People By 2050

Climate Refugees: Climate Change Could Displace 150 Million People By 2050

“We need to acknowledge that we are, unless we make dramatic changes, at the front of seeing refugees as a result of climate change,” New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said in her very first exclusive interview with CNN on October 31. Ardern’s statement emphasizes the issue of climate refugees, formally defined as “persons or...

Ethics Over Price: 5 Fairtrade Products You Should Consider Buying Regardless of Cost

Ethics Over Price: 5 Fairtrade Products You Should Consider Buying Regardless of Cost

It’s no secret that we’re living in an age of conscious – and confused – consuming. We want to know everything and anything about what we’re wearing, eating and drinking. But we’re not necessarily willing to act on that information and change our purchasing behaviour. The recent findings from Choosi’s Modern Conveniences and Ethical Purchasing...

The Problem with Microcredit

The Problem with Microcredit

It can be hard to do good, writes Jennifer a week ago. I must add, it gets harder when the platforms through which well-meaning people try to do good become co-opted by the powerful to protect their own interests. Microcredit is a perfect example. What is microcredit? At its core, microcredit is a mechanism that...

On Giving Money To The Poor

On Giving Money To The Poor

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” I vaguely remember seeing a version of this quote two decades ago, printed on a poster that’s attached to the wall of my Grade 2 classroom. Like most children in the...

#LoveWins

#LoveWins

When I received this piece from Filipino writer Rav De Castro and had learned that it had not been published, I knew that I would publish it. I was born in the Philippines and when I was two years old, my parents moved the family to Australia. Growing up in a pretty secular society afforded me the...