Thought for the Day: it takes time 

Drawing inspiration from William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks and the Suffragettes, here are some thoughts on progress… Listen here. 

#IWD2017: boldness and bananas

The lump in my throat came when she took out the photos of her wedding day as we sat in the very house the newlyweds had moved into together. She was wearing a silky sleeveless number that looked like it was made only for her: he was also wearing white. Her fingers slowly flicked throughContinue reading “#IWD2017: boldness and bananas”

Rebellions are built on hope. 

I find myself sitting in the dark, my mind spinning almost as fast as the pictures on the screen. Christmas parties and Santa hats, beautiful carols and rolls of ribbon interlaced with the sound of grandmothers wailing, last goodbyes, emergency appeals and photos of frozen children too shocking for publication. This week we launched anContinue reading “Rebellions are built on hope. “

Welcome

Welcome to those who were treated as invisible, or problematic, or too much, or not enough. Welcome to those who were told they couldn’t, and to those who were asked to leave. Welcome to those who were told not to show weakness, and to the boys who dared to cry. Welcome to those who hadContinue reading “Welcome”

An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK

After BBC Panorama revealed that child refugees have been working in factories producing clothes for some of our favourite retailers, Trans World Radio got in touch to chat about Ethical Fashion. Below is the interview in written form! We’re talking today about the ethics of fashion after a BBC Panorama Investigation revealed this week thatContinue reading “An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK”

Imago Dei

A theological reflection on Anti-Slavery Day. This Tuesday was EU Anti-Slavery Day. Modern-day slavery, often referred to as human trafficking, is the fastest growing crime in the world, affecting millions (the last official estimate was 45 million) of people. It is driven by greed for power and money and takes advantage of so many forms of humanContinue reading “Imago Dei”

DIGNITY: Taking a stand against Gender-Based Violence

Today, I will be a part of a conference on gender-based violence along with Tearfund, IBM and BMS organised by Contemporary Christianity (who played a massively important underground role in kickstarting the response to human trafficking in Northern Ireland: I like to call them the mafia of NI – they are more gentle/better-intentioned than most gangsters, however!)Continue reading “DIGNITY: Taking a stand against Gender-Based Violence”

The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man

Unless you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas recently, you are aware that 50 Shades of Grey is hitting our big screens this very day…just on time for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever Universal. I was going to write about why I don’t think this is good news think this is TERRIBLE, but then my friend Natalie NAILED IT.Continue reading “The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man”

NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS

At the start of the week, news broke of a group of hackers who had accessed hundreds of nude photos of celebrities. They are threatening to release them all online.   I don’t want to write about the victim-blaming that has happened as a result of this: I’m tired of it. But in case itContinue reading “NUDE PHOTO HACKING, RICKY GERVAIS AND THE POWER OF WORDS”

Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence

This weekend, news broke of the deaths of 7 people in Isla Vista, California. One of these was thought to have killed the other 6 with 3 weapons.  It has emerged that the person who killed 4 men on his way to and 2 women in a sorority house associated with UCSB, was Elliot Rodger. AsContinue reading “Elliot Rodger & Gender Violence”