Category: <span>Social Justice</span>

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

8 Years After the Rana Plaza Tragedy, Bangladesh’s Garment Workers Are Still Bottom of the Pile

The 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse, killing more than 1,100 workers and injuring 2,600 more, is the clothing industry’s worst ever industrial incident. It is not just the body count, though, that made the collapse of the Rana Plaza, a nine-story building in the Bangladeshi industrial city of Savar (near Dhaka), capture global attention (briefly)...

The Commodification of Water is the Answer to Scarcity Experts Argue, But What Are the Implications for Africa?

The Commodification of Water is the Answer to Scarcity Experts Argue, But What Are the Implications for Africa?

According to the United Nations, by 2050, two-thirds of the world will not have access to water. One in three people still do not have access to clean water and it is estimated that about 842,000 deaths per year is attributable to unsafe water supply, sanitation and hygiene, with 361,000 deaths of them occurring in...

Growing Inequalities: Closing the Widening Inequality Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

Growing Inequalities: Closing the Widening Inequality Gap Between Rich and Poor Countries

Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals is reducing inequalities. It’s complete title is, “Reduce inequality within and among countries.” The United Nations website states: “Inequality within and among countries is a persistent cause for concern. Despite some positive signs toward reducing inequality in some dimensions, such as reducing relative income inequality in some countries...

Strings Attached: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity, It’s Used for Political and Economic Influence

Strings Attached: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity, It’s Used for Political and Economic Influence

In December 2020, prior to his departure from the US presidency, Donald Trump offered the Philippines a gift: US$29 million worth of military equipment. In response, Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, called the gift “a symbol of the Philippines and the United States’ continued warm alliance”. This gift is by no means unusual. According to...

Restoring Dignity to the Widowed Women of India

Restoring Dignity to the Widowed Women of India

The popular ancient Hindu festival ‘Holi’ was celebrated over the weekend but in many communities in India where orthodox Hinduism is practiced, Hindu widows are still not permitted to participate in the festivities. A tradition that sees widowed women shunned from society when their husbands die and abandoned by their families, with some superstitious family...

Forceful or Conciliatory– What Form Should Activism Take?

Forceful or Conciliatory– What Form Should Activism Take?

Abuja, Nigeria: In December 2020, former US President Obama made a remark regarding activism. According to him, activism was supposed to be conciliatory and that “snappy” slogans like “Defund the Police” only served to alienate people. The comments sparked a backlash from activists across different causes. According to the activists, the ex-president was wrong. The...

4 Assumptions About Gender That Distort How We Think About Climate Change (and 3 Ways to do Better)

4 Assumptions About Gender That Distort How We Think About Climate Change (and 3 Ways to do Better)

Gender influences how people experience and respond to climate change. This is particularly evident in developing nations where women and men adapt to climatic shocks differently. Women work harder and longer, in poorer conditions, while men are more likely to migrate to find work that’s often insecure and unreliable. In an article published today in...

NGO Releases Short Film on How Refugee Kids Cope with Virtual Learning

NGO Releases Short Film on How Refugee Kids Cope with Virtual Learning

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Fugee, a refugee-led non-profit organisation championing equality and education access by and with refugees to bridge learning gaps, help realise full potential and nurture self-reliance to build a truly inclusive society free from discrimination, has launched a short documentary viewable on YouTube, Empowering Children to be Future-Ready in the name of their first digital learning...