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Scheduling playtime

It’s springtime! Walking over to the office, large mug of tea in hand, to write a raft of generally non-urgent emails, I was caught by the dappled light playing on some of the recently opened buds.  It brought me up short and made me think of the number of times that we plough through life, failing to look up or around and take pleasure in some of the simple things.

Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women

Tomorrow, 25th November is the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.  Since 2000, each year on this date activities are arranged around the world to raise awareness of violence against women, promote projects which enable women and their children to escape violence and highlight campaigns to educate people about the consequences of violence.

Still sending letters?

When is the last time you sent a letter? Going along with that, who even expects important correspondence to come through their mail anymore? If someone has something important they want to share there is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even email; in 2016, not only do we have the ability to communicate with anyone on the planet, they have the ability to communicate with us.

Mobile phone footage gives intimate portrayal of refugee journeys

This week I watched the terrifying moment that smugglers put refugees on an overcrowded rubber dinghy that sank between Turkey and Greece. The groundbreaking BBC documentary ‘Exodus’, which gave camera phones to refugees fleeing to Europe, is an intimate and unique portrait of the biggest movement of people in Europe since World War Two.

Brexit and the Charity Sector

Last Saturday my daughter and I joined 50,000 others to #MarchforEurope in London. A diverse mix of families, young, middle-aged & elderly, British and European turned up to voice their concerns.  We joined the sea of demonstrators wearing EU flags as capes and with homemade banners saying “Bremain” and “We Love EU”. Placards, signs and banners expressed resentment at the way the Leave campaign was conducted and frustrations about the political situation but the outpouring of feeling was calm and friendly.

Empowering Women

It’s a worrying fact that progress towards gender equality has slowed in many places around the world.  The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then, in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

Internet Activism #Refugeeswelcome

Over four years of war in Syria have led to the worst humanitarian crisis in a generation.  More than 220,000 people (including over 10,000 children) have been killed, half of the country's population has been displaced and over four million people have fled the country.  During this time we’ve all been watching the shocking images and hearing the heartbreaking personal stories of those affected through the press and via charities helping in the humanitarian crisis.

Giving a Voice to Rana Plaza Survivors

Two years ago today more than 1,100 workers died in the catastrophic collapse of the Rana Plaza factory.  Since then there's been widespread discussions about how to improve working conditions for garment factory workers.  However, since my last blog looking at the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility, it’s sad to see that little has changed.  Clothing brands and factory owners are still profiting, we are still buying extremely cheap clothes, workers are stil

#PaintItPurple on International Women's Day

It’s great to see the world #PaintItPurple this week in the run up to International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th.  International Women’s Day adopted the colour purple as it symbolizes justice and dignity.  From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union in Great Britain adopted the colour purple to symbolise the plight of the Suffragettes.  The values of justice and dignity are strongly associated with women's equality and they’re also part of our ethos at Purple Flame Media.

Almost over...

I can hardly believe it is almost time for me to go back home. These six weeks could not have gone by faster. Anyhow, as I look back on my time interning at Purple Flame, so much has happened. I have been able to be a part of all aspects of the organisation and along with that, I have learned so many valuable things. When you are an undergraduate student, you are presented with so many options; they make you feel as if the sky is the limit in terms of career options, and it is, but that also makes it very complex and confusing.


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