Blog: Equality

Solidarity is our way forward

24 June 2020

The RESULTS International Conference (20-21 June) was a gathering unique in the organisation’s history. As well as celebrating the 40 th anniversary of RESULTS, it was our first virtual conference, and our largest ever gathering, with some 800 attendees from over 20 countries, with grassroots advocates and people with lived experience of poverty and oppression from both the US and around the world.

The conference came at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement rightly reinforces...

Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a commitment to change

10 June 2020

Like all of us at RESULTS UK, I have been watching events in the United States unfold with growing horror and dismay. While Minneapolis may seem far away, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many other black people speak to the systemic racist structures that are not just limited to the US, but have powerful resonance and relevance in the UK given our country’s own historical legacy and present-day struggle with racism and inequality.

I would urge anyone who...

#March4Women 2018

8 March 2018

Last Sunday, I joined this year’s ‘March4Women’ in London: the annual event from CARE International UK to mark International Women’s Day . Each year on 8 March, International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on women’s rights and gender equality around the world. Despite warnings of snow and the ‘Beast from the East’, 7,000 other people, both men and women, braved the weather to...

In conversation with Dr Naseer Nizamani for International Women's Day

8 March 2018

To celebrate International Women’s Day, I spoke to Dr Naseer Nizamani, Country Director of Nutrition International in Pakistan, about the importance of good nutrition for women and girls and why malnutrition must be addressed for progress on gender equality.

For more information on malnuntrition in Pakistan, take a look at our...

Campaign Champions call on Parliament to invest in global education

20 July 2017

Last Wednesday, 20 smart, passionate and inspiring 14 and 15 year olds from across the UK assembled in London for a day of action in Parliament. Their mission? To call on MPs and decision makers to address the global learning crisis and invest more money in global education through the Global Partnership for Education.

This guest blog on the day comes from Lucy Owen, one of the 20 Campaign Champions representing 300,000 young people.

I’m a year 9 student...

DFID and Disability

3 May 2017

Disabled people are routinely left behind as countries develop. In order for DFID to address this in its work, disability needs to be embedded across the work of DFID, in the same way that gender is, in order to really ensure that disabled people are included in all the work it does as a department. RESULTS UK and its partners in the Bond Disability and Development Group (Bond DDG) have been calling for this for the past few years, since we first started working on disability, as part of our...

‘The beautiful girl – inside and out – who makes good decisions’

7 March 2017

In a school playing-field outside Musanze in Rwanda’s volcano-dotted Northern Province, a circle of girls in handmade wooden glasses and headdresses are dancing, passing around energetic high-fives and chanting ‘arasobanutse’, ‘she’s smart’ in Kinyarwanda, the local language in Rwanda. It is a lively introduction to 12+, a safe space programme that I was lucky enough to visit at the beginning of last year. The programme is run by Girl Effect and works to help vulnerable 10-12 year old girls...

A step forward for disability and development

12 December 2016

“I am determined to establish DFID as the global leader in this neglected and under prioritised area – people with disabilities must be at the heart of our work to build a more prosperous and secure future, which is in all of our interests. I will be working with governments, NGOs, multilaterals, businesses and individuals to ensure that nobody is left behind.”

On Monday 5 th December the Secretary of State of International Development, Priti Patel, made this promising commitment to...

Are we making progress on immunisation equity?

18 August 2016

Last month, the WHO released the official vaccine coverage figures for 2015. Not quite ground breaking news, but for a geeky vaccines policy officer like me this is a day to look forward to. The data tells us how many children missed out on vaccines, providing a statistical update on global progress.

This years WHO press release led with the promising news in 2015 86% of children were...

She Will

15 July 2016

We will, she will: the tagline chosen for the Girls’ Education Forum. It’s positive, empowering and speaks with an effective simplicity that we are often guilty of overlooking. Who will be the person to advance themselves, their society and their country? She Will. But without equity in accessing education then those advancements will stagnate. The message is simple, but the message from the Girls’ Education Forum was loud and clear. We need action.

At the time of writing, more girls...

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