How do you achieve a successful career as a woman? That’s the billion-dollar question. It’s hard enough for women in the UK struggling to break the glass ceiling and manage a work life balance. But in developing countries it’s even harder, and the consequences of those struggles are far more serious. At a recent ActionAid event, women’s rights policy expert, Deepta Chopra, highlighted some of the main challenges facing women in the workplace in Bangladesh.
Around the world money is disappearing offshore, usually out of the reach of tax collectors. The Panama Papers have revealed how companies around the world, including ones operating in poor African countries like Uganda, Sierra Leone and Guinea are using tax havens. It is often women and girls living in poverty who are the hardest hit when key public services like schools and hospitals are starved of tax funding. It’s time to make tax fair for the world’s poorest people.
The huge leak of confidential documents - the Panama Papers - has offered a window on a global tax system which makes it possible for vast sums of money to be hidden in tax havens. It is the world’s poorest people who are paying the price.
Since working with ActionAid Uganda I've met many women who have experienced domestic violence. The worst thing is that these women feel unable to escape. But it doesn't need to be this way. Thanks to child sponsorship, ActionAid is training women to start their own businesses so they can support themselves. I'd like to tell you about two of these women.
TV presenter and ActionAid supporter Charlie Webster spoke about women's rights, a subject very close to her heart, at an ActionAid Tea and Inspiration party recently. Afterwards, we took a moment to find out what inspires her and why she thinks fundraising for women and girls around the world is so important.
Last week, I, my fellow staff and over 500 pupils at Mora Primary School in Cricklewood celebrated our 'International Day'. As usual, the children burst through the front gates as they brought in home-cooked food and couldn't wait to show off their traditional dress from around the world. But for all the fun and excitement, this year I chose to teach them about a rather more serious subject - the refugee crisis.