“Violence against children is a violation of their human rights, a disturbing reality of our societies. It can never be justified whether for disciplinary reasons or cultural tradition." -Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights The new BBC drama 'Three Girls' is a chilling and disturbing story based on one of the … Continue reading Why everyone should watch BBC’s new drama ‘Three Girls’, and how it could help save a child’s life…
Don’t believe in magic? Never had a deceased person in your living room? Never watched an animal sacrifice? Visit Tana Toraja. It's a land like no other. I’ve never had an experience like it. Tana Toraja is in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, and although it’s far off the typical tourist track, it’s worth a visit for … Continue reading Indonesia: Living with the dead. Could you do it?
"You're so happy all the time!" "You're always smiling!" These are my favourite kinds of compliments because it's exactly the kind of person I want to be, and I'd like to think there's power in positivity and being a happy person (10/10 cheesiness scale, I know!). Also, it would make no sense for me to … Continue reading What’s the point in positivity?
For those that know me, travel is a huge part of my life. There's not many countries that I would not want to visit, and I've been fortunate enough to live, backpack and holiday in 25 different countries so far. But since the countdown for my next adventure has started, I've heard this a lot.... "How … Continue reading Think you aren’t lucky enough to travel? Think again…
So, in the last week, thoughts around social media, and especially Instagram, have consumed my brain almost entirely (other than my pooey dissertation!). And after lots of discussion, and changes in my own social media accounts, I feel like I’ve reached some sort of conclusion in my brain and annoyingly, my eyes are even more … Continue reading Are you an Insta-sham? The negative side to social media.
"Human life is human life whether it is in the east or west or north or south. Perhaps it is difficult to imagine the suffering of others if it is not happening in our own backyards. If it's not our skies lit with flames. If it is not our sleep shaken awake by bombs instead … Continue reading Where’s our humanity? Time to get Syria-ous.
I've been analysing and reading about the phenomenon of the hook-up culture and what it means to be a part of it, and it's clear to see the gender differences and the impacts it has on all parties, whether recognised or not, and whether wanted or not. There's lots of research about the effects on … Continue reading Man up! Man down. The effects of the hook-up culture and the male identity.