• #16Days: 9 Ways You Can Help Fight Gender-Based Violence

    Every year, activists, advocates, and organizations working to combat gender-based violence (GBV) channel their efforts for 16 days throughout November and December, to rally the whole world behind the movement. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign runs from Nov. 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, to Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day — the dates chosen to highlight that women’s rights are human rights, and they must be...

  • #16Days: 5 Important Actions You Can Take to Help End Gender-Based Violence

    Every year we write something similar to the article you’re about to read; and every year we hope that one day soon we’ll wake up in a universe where gender-based violence doesn’t exist. Yet here we are still in a world where gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide sit heavily on the backs of those who identify as women and girls. And it’s fair to say that we’ve had enough. Usually when you click on an article like this, it kicks off with figures and statistics that show how serious the issue...

  • I Fight for the Kids on the Streets of Kinshasa. They Weren’t Born There and It’s Not Where They Should Live.

    For several decades, Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), has seen a growing population of homeless children, the result of economic crises and violent conflicts, in a country where people are struggling to get by. According to the CIVICUS monitor, civic space in the DRC is considered repressed. The latest evidence points to the repeated use of lethal weapons to disperse crowds at demonstrations and the censorship of songs that criticize the government. ...

  • Fossil Fuel Projects Are Rife Across Africa and We Need to Talk About It. Here's What to Know.

    Africa’s natural reserves are being exploited in the name of big fossil fuel projects that will do nothing for Africa’s fight against climate change — and we need to be talking more about it. When we were kids we were told a lot of things that we could not do, to protect us from the daily threats to our lives: Don’t drink fabric softener, even though it smells delicious. Don’t jump off the top branch of the tree, even though it looks exciting. Don’t try to get bitten by a spider so you can...