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Zahra Joya: the Afghan reporter who fled the Taliban – and kept telling the truth about women

As a child in Afghanistan, she pretended to be a boy in order to get an education, before starting her own women’s news agency. Now living in Britain, her fight continuesJust over a month ago, Zahra Joya left her house in Kabul to walk to her office, as she had been doing every day. From this small office, Joya, a journalist, ran Rukhshana Media, the news agency she founded last year to report on the stories of women and girls across Afghanistan. By the time she returned home in the afternoon, h...
Tags: Media, Women, Life and style, Society, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Afghanistan, Britain, Taliban, South and Central Asia, Global development, Kabul, Joya, Zahra Joya, Rukhshana Media


‘Ecofeminism is about respect’: the activist working to revolutionise west African farming

Mariama Sonko is an unstoppable force who continued her work even when she was ostracised by her community in SenegalOutside Mariama Sonko’s home in the Casamance region of southern Senegal pink shells hang on improvised nets that will be placed in mangroves to provide a breeding spot for oysters.Normally, women collecting oysters chop at the branches – a method that can harm the mangroves. But these nets allow them to harvest sustainably, says Sonko, who is trying to revolutionise agriculture i...
Tags: Food, Africa, Environment, Women, Senegal, Society, World news, Farming, United Nations, Global development, Sustainable Development, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security, Casamance, Sonko, Women's rights and gender equality


This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes review – a wickedly honest memoir

With her naughty stories and cutting remarks, the comic actor spares no blushes – but her account is poignant tooI’m quite sure you picked up this book hoping I’d make you laugh,” Miriam Margolyes writes in her memoir, This Much Is True. She more than delivered. When I was reading it this book on a train, a stranger asked if I was OK because I was crying with laughter at Margolyes’s description of her interview to study English literature at Oxford (“‘Do you like Milton?’ the tutor barked. I did...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Television, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, Culture, Britain, Television & radio, Sexuality, Oxford, Harry Potter, Autobiography and memoir, Lithuania, Milton, Miriam Margolyes


Most infants in 91 countries are malnourished, warns Unicef

Climate crisis, conflict and Covid stunting progress on nutrition, UN says on eve of food security summitOnly a third of children under two in many developing countries are fed what they need for healthy growth and no progress has been made on improving their nutrition over the past decade.Unicef, the UN’s children’s agency, said in a report published on Wednesday that a combination of crises from Covid-19 to conflict and the climate breakdown had stunted progress on children’s nutrition in 91 c...
Tags: Children, Society, World news, Poverty, Hunger, United Nations, Global development, Un, Food poverty, Food Security, Unicef, Global Health, COVID


Generation X are heavy, risky drinkers. Will anything ever persuade us to stop?

Alcohol’s allure was powerful when we were growing up and those born after us consume far less. Now booze is falling out of fashion, is it time to assess old habits?My first job in journalism was editing a free magazine called Rasp. In 1995, we ran a competition for a year’s supply of Two Dogs lemon brew, the Australian alcopop. Two Dogs tried to send us 365 bottles, and I negotiated them up to 1,000, indignant that a bottle a day could constitute a “supply”. It is the only time I’ve ever played...
Tags: Health, Politics, Alcohol, Life and style, Society, Beer, Unemployment, Margaret Thatcher, ABV, Uk Unemployment And Employment Statistics, Wine, Alcoholism, TNT, Sheffield Alcohol Research Group, Two Dogs, Dave Lawrence


51 gifts dog lovers and their canine companions will love

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Treat your favorite chef to a dog treat maker from Dash. Target We rounded up the most unique and thoughtful gifts for dog lovers and their dogs. Show them you care with a monthly subscription box, canine home decor, and all sorts of dog books. Here are 51 useful, entertaining, and adorable gifts dogs and their humans will love. As one of the most magical and amusing creatures on earth, dogs are more th...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Gift Guide, Etsy, Dogs, Boston, Pets, Disney, Trends, Society, Features, Gifts, New York Times, Kenya, Leo, Zappos


Holiday homes for disabled people face closure due to England’s vaccines mandate

Charity says Covid policy is having ‘devastating consequences’ for sector already in crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSome of England’s only holiday homes for disabled people in care are facing closure due to the policy that means all staff must be fully vaccinated against coronavirus.The charity, Revitalise, said England’s vaccines mandate for care homes was having “devastating consequences” for a sector already in crisis. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, England, Society, UK News, Disability, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


‘I had to start over, alone and silenced’: the fight to end NDA abuse

A new website exposes the misuse of non-disclosure agreements that protect the careers of abusersAnna* was 28 and loving her career in the tech industry when she says a business trip changed everything: she was raped by an older male colleague. She reported the assault to her boss, and the police – but instead of getting the help and support she desperately needed from her company, she says she was pushed into signing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) designed to stop her ever talking about what ...
Tags: Bullying, Law, Society, UK News, Harvey Weinstein, Employment law, NDA, Rape and sexual assault


Religious rehab centres fill gap as Nigeria grapples with soaring drug use

With poverty deepening, state services are failing to cope with rising rates of addictionKola* was in secondary school in Nigeria when he started smoking cigarettes. He soon graduated to cannabis, heroin and eventually to crack cocaine. Access to drugs was easy and he felt the pressure of friends to participate.In 2002, when he was 39, he was introduced to a private drug rehabilitation centre in Ibadan, in the south-west of the country, where he spent 90 days weaning himself off his addiction. C...
Tags: Drugs, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Global development, Drugs trade, Ibadan, Coronavirus


Mussolini’s Sister review – interestingly quirky portrait of a grumpy octogenarian

This acute documentary gets under the surface of its Palestinian film-maker’s sharp-tongued grandmother to the loneliness and resentment withinJuna Suleiman’s documentary about Hiam, her octogenarian grandmother who lives in Nazareth, is no journey through a picture-perfect family album. Hiam is not the cake-baking kind of grandmother. In fact, she is grumpy, foul-mouthed and very politically incorrect. It could have been quite annoying to spend more than an hour with someone so disagreeable, an...
Tags: Film, Society, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Older people, Hitler, Mussolini, Nazareth, Suleiman, Hiam, Documentary films, Il Duce Another


‘They won’t win’: Oldham council leader speaks out on arson attack

Arooj Shah, town’s first female Muslim leader, says she forced herself to go to council meeting the day after the attackThe leader of Oldham council has spoken out about the firebomb attack on her car, and her determination that whoever was behind it would not stop her doing her job.Arooj Shah, who became the town’s first female Muslim leader in May, said her mother initially thought she was in the car when it was firebombed on 13 July in what the police described as a “reckless, abhorrent act”....
Tags: Politics, Race, Society, UK News, Greater Manchester, Local Government, Local Politics, Muslim, Oldham council, Arooj Shah


Veterans at UK’s largest barracks at risk of losing mental health support

Charity that has helped 340 homeless veterans at Catterick garrison says it will soon run out of money for serviceVulnerable veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq living in supported housing at the UK’s largest barracks are set to lose help with mental health problems, triggering fears of a return to homelessness and lost lives.A charity that has helped 340 homeless veterans at Catterick garrison has said it will run out of money at the end of the month for the service, which is dedicated to ...
Tags: Health, UK, Iraq, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Afghanistan, Military, Charities, British Army, Catterick


Right as rain! 10 ways to boost your mood on grey, wet or cold days

After a disappointing British summer, many of us won’t be looking forward to autumn and winter. But there are many ways to keep your spirits high in the bleaker seasonsIf you have ever spent summer in the UK, you will know that there is often little to distinguish the season from any other wet, miserable time of year. Nonetheless, many of us cling to the idea that we are in for endless days of sunshine and cheerfulness – so, when the season draws to a close, having been a washout, it can feel di...
Tags: Health, UK, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Health & wellbeing, UK Weather, Rakhi Chand


Eat the rich! Why millennials and generation Z have turned their backs on capitalism

Nearly eight out of 10 of young Britons blame capitalism for the housing crisis and two-thirds want to live under a socialist economic system. How did that happen?The young are hungry and the rich are on the menu. This delicacy first appeared in the 18th century, when the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau supposedly declared: “When the people shall have no more to eat, they will eat the rich!” But today this phrase is all over Twitter and other social media. On TikTok, viral videos feature fresh...
Tags: Politics, Housing, Economics, Communities, Society, UK News, Socialism, Young People, Jeremy Corbyn, Jean Jacques Rousseau


British ‘baby shortage’ could lead to economic decline, says thinktank

Social Market Foundation suggests measures including better childcare provision to increase birthrate Britain is facing a “baby shortage” that could lead to “long-term economic stagnation”, a thinktank has said.The Social Market Foundation (SMF) said the birthrate was almost half what it was at its postwar peak in the 1960s, and the country’s ageing population could lead to economic decline. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Politics, Money, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Childcare, Thinktanks, Britain, Parents and parenting, Childbirth, Social Market Foundation, Social Market Foundation SMF


Trauma, trust and triumph: psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk on how to recover from our deepest pain

His 2014 book, The Body Keeps the Score, has become a huge pandemic hit, topping bestseller lists this summer and becoming a meme on social media. What does it tell us about the world we live in?When Dr Bessel van der Kolk published The Body Keeps the Score in 2014, it was a huge hit with yoga people. That is not a euphemism for “rich, underoccupied people”, it is just people who do yoga. Certain physical activities do something weird to your brain: ancient memories resurface, often with new fee...
Tags: Health, Society, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Van Der Kolk, Bessel van der Kolk


Rebellion and redemption: how the Slits gave a voice to female prisoners

Playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm on how the groundbreaking female punk band helped her tell the story of women suffocating in the prison systemIt was a bit of a “pinch me” moment, to be honest. Earlier this month I sat in the rehearsal room for Typical Girls and watched our incredible cast play the music of the Slits to Tessa Pollitt, an original member of the band.When I first started writing this show, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined we would get to this point. This absolute le...
Tags: Music, Law, Theatre, Society, Culture, UK criminal justice, Stage, Prisons and probation, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Tessa Pollitt


Welsh government launches smacking ban ad campaign before law change

Children will gain the same legal protection from assault as adults in March 2022An advertising campaign has been launched to make parents and carers aware that it will be illegal to smack children in Wales within months, with a package of almost £3m announced to help keep people who do use physical punishment out of the courts.From March it will be illegal for anybody in Wales, including visitors, to use any type of physical punishment such as smacking, hitting, slapping and shaking on children...
Tags: Children, Law, Wales, Society, UK News, Child protection


Gordon Brown calls for urgent action to avert ‘Covid vaccine waste disaster’

More than 100m doses could be discarded by December if global leaders do not share jabs with poorest countries, warns former PMMore than 100m Covid vaccine doses are due to expire and be “thrown away” unless global leaders urgently share surplus supplies with the world’s poorest countries, Gordon Brown has warned.The “staggering” number of stockpiled “use now” jabs will be of no use to anyone by December, according to a new report from the research group Airfinity. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Politics, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Gordon Brown, Coronavirus, Airfinity Continue


The problem with OnlyFans’ mainstream dream

When the ‘subscription social network’ OnlyFans announced it would be banning the sexually explicit content that made it a billion-dollar business, sex workers were up in arms – and many observers wondered how the move could make financial sense. Then it had second thoughts. So what does this tech saga tell us about where pornography fits into the future of the internet – and is it just another example of the sex industry treating women as disposable?This episode includes discussion of sex and p...
Tags: Business, Technology, Internet, Society, Pornography, Bella Thorne, Cardi


‘Highly effective’ ovarian cancer treatment could help thousands of women

New drug combination shrunk tumours significantly in 46% of patients with treatment-resistant form of disease Thousands of women with ovarian cancer could benefit from a revolutionary drug combination after it was shown to shrink tumours in half of patients with an advanced form of the disease.The pair of drugs – which work together to block the signals cancer cells need to grow – could offer a new treatment option for women with a type of ovarian cancer that rarely responds to chemotherapy or h...
Tags: Health, Science, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Society, Medical Research, Ovarian Cancer


Beeban Kidron v Silicon Valley: one woman’s fight to protect children online

The film-maker and life peer has been warning of the digital dangers facing young people since 2012. Now, with her Children’s Code, people – and big tech companies - are starting to listenWhen she first began talking to her peers in the House of Lords about the rights of children on the internet, Baroness Kidron says she looked like “a naysayer”, like someone who was “trying to talk about wooden toys” or, in her husband’s words, like “one middle-aged woman against Silicon Valley”. It was 2012 a...
Tags: Technology, Children, Society, House Of Lords, Children's Tech, Silicon Valley, Internet Safety, Children's Rights, Beeban Kidron, Kidron, Baroness Kidron


UK workers on the end of furlough: ‘Will it be Amazon, care homes or driving a van?’

The support scheme has proved positive for some, but others will have no jobs to return to. We hear their storiesSince March 2020, 11.6 million UK workers have been furloughed by their employees as a result of the Covid pandemic, with the government paying up to 80% of their wages in order to keep jobs open.At the scheme’s peak in May 2020, 8.9 million workers – almost a third of the UK workforce – were being paid to stay at home; by the end of July this year, that number had dropped to 1.6 mill...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Money, Women, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Mental Health, Men, Guardian Careers, Coronavirus, UK job furlough scheme


No more white saviours, thanks: how to be a true anti-racist ally | Nova Reid

In order for true diversity to flourish, we need to first become unswervingly anti-racist. That means doing more than watching a few documentaries or reading some books, says Nova Reid. Consciously ‘unlearning’ racism is the crucial first stepI felt overwhelmed: 40,000 hits to my website – 50 times more than the average month – plus 2,000 emails, people tagging me in social media posts to let their followers know they had signed up to my online anti-racism course – but not always actually signin...
Tags: Books, Race, Society, Culture, Reid, George Floyd, Nova Reid


British gangs and international rivals join forces to increase cocaine sales

Analysis by National Crime Agency finds more than 1,700 UK criminal groups involved in drug supplyBritish organised crime groups are collaborating closely with former international rivals like the Italian mafia to import increasingly bigger cocaine shipments into Europe, a senior investigator has revealed. Related: Cocaine, the yuppie drug? Not now, say experts – its lure is crossing all classes Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, UK, Crime, Drugs, Society, UK News, Drugs trade, Drugs policy, Organised Crime, National Crime Agency, NCA (National Crime Agency


‘Table for one? Yes, please’ – the joy of eating alone

More of us are cooking or eating solo – it’s time to break free from the stigma of dining alone“We call it a crisis of loneliness. In France, it’s a crisis of manners. In China, it’s a crisis of family,” Dr Mukta Das tells me. “Every nation around the world has this idea that eating together is better, and that eating alone is against the norm.” An anthropologist at Soas University of London, Das is fascinated by the shift of eating from a predominantly communal, convivial activity to something...
Tags: Food, UK, France, China, Restaurants, Society, Loneliness, Mukta Das, Soas University of London Das


Actress Vicky McClure takes part in Alzheimer's Society Memory Walk

The Alzheimer's Society says the pandemic has been "catastrophic" for those living with dementia.
Tags: News, Society, Vicky McClure


‘I felt this huge relief’: how antibody injections free the immunosuppressed under Covid

FDA emergency authorizations boost use of periodic antibody injections, or PrEP, to complement vaccinationsA proud sports mom, Shantay Brown longs to pack into a crowded stadium for her son’s Ohio State football games and scream her face off over the action on the field. Related: Doctors treating unvaccinated Covid patients are succumbing to compassion fatigue Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Society, World news, US news, Medical Research, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, US healthcare, US domestic policy, Fda, Vaccines and immunisation, Ohio State, Coronavirus, Shantay Brown


Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row

England’s deputy medical chief asked for data to be withheld unless British vaccine guinea pigs allowed to travel abroad• Coronavirus – latest updates• See all our coronavirus coverageEngland’s deputy chief medical officer asked ministers to withhold all UK clinical trial data from the EU if European countries continued to deny entry to British vaccine trial volunteers, the Observer can reveal.Jonathan Van-Tam made the extraordinary proposal after months of uncertainty for the 19,000 volunteers ...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, England, Science, Drugs, Eu, European Union, Society, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation, Novavax, Jonathan Van Tam


Coronavirus live news: UK records a further 164 deaths and 30, 144 new cases; anti-vaxxers protest in London

Figure brings the total UK death toll to 135,147; Russia reports 20,329 new cases in 24 hours; anti-lockdown protesters clash with police in MelbourneProve your Covid status if you want to party, UK students toldPeople with chronic conditions most at risk from Covid even after jabsVictoria police and anti-lockdown protesters in violent clashesFreshers’ week drive to give Covid jabs to students in EnglandSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.03pm BST An update from police on the protest in Londo...
Tags: Health, UK, London, Russia, Society, World news, Vaccines and immunisation, Downing Street, Coronavirus, COVID