Going hungry for mothers

This evening I watched a film called Girl Rising. It begins with a small orphan girl rummaging through a sea of garbage in a looming, ominous rubbish dump. I was eating my dinner at the time and I felt it stick in my throat as I imagined my own daughter, Scarlett, in that situation. I…

The injustice of inequality

Mandela is everywhere in South Africa. I’m not just talking about his eternal presence in the national psyche. Rather I refer to the many statues, photos and memorials which have materialised since my previous visit two and a half years ago. As expected, he has seemingly become more revered posthumously. I have written many times…

Changing the climate

Leaders from around the world are attending a UN summit in New York today to discuss climate change. This is a unique opportunity for leaders to give voice to an ambitious vision, anchored in action, in the lead-up to a global agreement toward sustainable development in 2015. Businesses will take part in today’s summit by…

Take action to save lives through aid

Next week the UK government will vote on a proposed piece of legislation that will affect millions of lives around the world. MP’s will be deciding whether to legislate our 0.7% of GDP commitment to international aid. Here is how you can play your part. I know how it goes; you see something to do…

Never too young to be a world-changer

Preparing for the arrival of a baby can be overwhelming…and that’s before I add my commitment to social justice into the mix.  As I begin to come to terms with the idea that there will soon be another little person in our home, I have started to think about ways to approach motherhood that are…