Young activists are on the frontline in fighting hatred, prejudice and discrimination. But they are struggling. In the worst case, they’re being murdered or abused into silence. This is where we need to step in and help them win. Continue reading We need to fund LGBTQI activists and movements differently. Here’s an idea.
In Colombo, young activists from across the Commonwealth – the quirky collection of countries that were previously part of the British Empire – gathered for a week of campaign training. What should have been a training on gender, sex and campaigning turning into something very different: it was an outpouring of grief, liberation and freedom. Continue reading For 6 days we removed the fear: then we cried at the haunting thought of going home.
I’ve been in the youth sector for a long time – nearly all my life. As an activist on climate change and children’s rights in the UK, as a professional strengthening youth participation and policy around the world, and through … Continue reading An ode to ageing: losing my youth but gaining new power.
If there’s one thing I learnt from campaigning in the EU referendum, it was that people feel that politics is irrelevant to their lives; that it is inaccessible and out of touch. As a political activist, I passionately believe that … Continue reading A story from Haringey: if this is democracy, we’re scr*wed.
I’m in the weirdest post-election haze. I’m happy. Sad. Bewildered. Confused. Slightly lost. Tired. Yet, from it all, inspired. Let’s start with the feeling I understand best. I’m ecstatic that so many of the Labour MPs whose seats seemed painfully … Continue reading Labour is back. But it must be here to stay.
After almost 5 years working with Youth Policy Labs, I will be leaving my role at the end of February to take on a new challenge with NCVO Charities Evaluation Services. I am incredibly proud of things we have achieved … Continue reading Taking a pivot-step: activism to policy – and back.
The President of Uzbekistan is dead – finally, officially. Despite funeral arrangements in his home town well under-way, foreign governments sending – then retracting – condolences, news agencies releasing and denying confirmations, as well as governments announcing they will be … Continue reading Karimov is dead: for young people the very idea of Uzbekistan will have changed.
Six weeks ago I was knocking on doors in Milton Keynes in the final week of campaigning ahead of the EU referendum. Is it possible that only six weeks have passed? A Remain loss, the resignation of the Prime Minister, … Continue reading Losing the referendum: picking up the pieces.
Since 2012, I’ve been studying part-time at Birkbeck College for my MSc Organizational Behaviour. Having been to drama school – by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life – I wanted to challenge myself academically rather than … Continue reading The millennial generation: no more playing by the rules.
These were the words I inked into my notebook as I led on my hotel room bed in Kazakhstan. More specifically, I was in Ust-Kamenogorsk, which is the regional capital of East Kazakhstan – one of the 16 regions (or … Continue reading “How the f*ck do we change anything in this place?”