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Below you can access Elizabeth’s articles and writing projects by theme.

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Child Rights

Women’s Rights

  • HIS 1 Atalele Abera Womens Development Group Ethiopia EWH 19 Nov 15 - croppedOctober 2015 Violence Against Women and Girls: Support for sex workers in Turkana, Kenya. They say that it is better to be a refugee in the nearby Kakuma camp, despite its many hardships, than a member of the Turkana, the host community which surrounds it. The Turkana region is one of the most underdeveloped in Kenya, blighted by drought, economic hardship and gender inequality.
  • November 2013 Gender EqualityUK preparatory meeting: UN Commission on the Status of Women 58th Session. I attended this event with around 90 stakeholders on gender equality to plan their representation at CSW58 and how to advance the cause of gender equality.
  • April 2010 EconomicsWomen’s work invisible in global economics. Principles of global accounting completely disregard the value of women, and the unpaid work of child rearing, maintaining homes and building communities through for example voluntary work.
  • February 2003 LiteracyUN literacy decade: interview with UNESCO’s Director-General. “The ultimate goal, adopted in April 2000 at the second World Conference on Basic Education, is to achieve a 50-per-cent reduction in adult illiteracy by 2015.”
  • January 2003 LiteracyPromoting literacy for a decade of action. The statistics surrounding the issue of literacy are staggering: There are 877 million illiterate adults in the world and 113 million children not attending school, the majority of whom are women and girls.
  • January 2003 CEDAWWomen’s rights on the UN agenda: CEDAW Committee 28th Session 2003. During the three-week session, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is considering reports from eight States parties to CEDAW: Albania, Canada, El Salvador, Kenya, Luxembourg, Norway, the Republic of the Congo and Switzerland.
  • May 2002 International LawHas international human rights law failed women? How can we be optimistic when rape and sexual assault are used to achieve political objectives during armed conflict, when the US Senate has still not ratified CEDAW, when every year, thousands of women and girls are murdered in the name of honour, and when trafficking of women is widely acknowledged as one of the fastest growing and most lucrative industries for the international criminal underworld.

Human Trafficking

  • human-traffickingJuly 2015 Trafficking in the UK: UK Modern Slavery Act 2015: A Summary for Business
  • January 2014 Child Sexual ExploitationThe Light Behind My Eyes Has Died: Poem about the trafficking of children for sexual exploitation
  • October 2013 Trafficking in the UK: Elizabeth wrote the Return on Investment Section for the Greater London Authority report Shadow City: Exposing Human Trafficking in Everyday London (right).
  • September 2013 Sex TraffickingInstitutionalisation and the Children of Sex Trafficking Victims in Nepal. A background article on sex trafficking from Nepal to India, and the institutionalisation of children in Nepal. Repatriated children of sex trafficking victims often face institutionalisation, both as part of life in India’s brothels and then again when returned home to Nepal.
  • May 2013 International LawHuman trafficking and international law. Trafficking in persons was codified as long ago as 1910 by the “International Agreement for the suppression of the White Slave Traffic.
  • September 2012 Witchcraft and TraffickingTies that bind: African witchcraft and contemporary slavery.  In Africa, witchcraft has become inextricably linked to the trafficking in persons for exploitation. However this is not an African problem, but a problem of abuse which extends across the globe. The common factor linking witchcraft and human trafficking is the modern perversion of traditional belief systems for financial gain, at the expense of the grossest violations of human rights.
  • July 2012 Intercountry AdoptionChild trafficking and intercountry adoption in Romania’s post-communist years. Book Review: Romania For Export Only, The untold story of the Romanian “orphans” by Roelie Post.
  • July 2012 Intercountry AdoptionAdoption trade sets up shop in Africa. More than ten years on from Romania’s moratorium on intercountry adoptions, imposed after tales of trafficking networks and a black market in stolen babies, Africa is dubbed the new frontier for intercountry adoption, with a threefold rise in intercountry adoption cases in eight years, despite a global 15 year low.
  • May 2012 Intercountry Adoption: Production of media pack for The African Child Policy Forum’s 5th International Policy Conference Intercountry Adoption: Alternatives and Controversies including series of fact sheets.
  • February 2003 Sex Trafficking: Pile Them High, Sell Them Cheap: Women and Sex for Sale. Review of Trading Women documentary (right) which profiles the hill peoples of Thailand, noting that lack of citizenship, with its associated landlessness, poverty and vulnerability to police corruption, is an overriding factor in the women becoming easy prey to traffickers into the Thai sex industry.
  • November 2002 Intercountry AdoptionA fresh start for Europe’s lost children. Hundreds of orphanages were constructed in Romania as a result of former President Nicolae Ceausescu, who declared all forms of contraception and abortion illegal and instructed all women under the age of 45 to have at least five children. The inability of parents to care for their children meant that by 1990 over 100,000 children were living in these institutions. Hope and Homes for Children believes that enjoying a loving family life is as fundamental a need for children as food, shelter and safety and is committed to providing this for every child in Romania’s institutions.

Sexualisation

  • SexualisationJuly 2012 AdvertisingHouse of Commons speech on sexualisation in advertising. Sexualisation is a human rights issue. Not the human right you might think of – the right to freedom of expression of advertisers – but rights such as to health, freedom from discrimination, and the right to be free from violence and abuse.
  • February 2012 Cosmetic SurgeryPIP implants, labiaplasty & the myth of choice in a culture of pornography. One of the main issues debated was why women who had implants for cosmetic reasons should get National Health Service (NHS) support. But where was the analysis of the social backdrop which encourages women with average, small or non-spherical breasts to undergo a painful operation and risk their health, in order to be seen as attractive in the eyes of Western culture. And pay thousands of pounds for the privilege.
  • October 2010 ObjectificationBreast cancer’s handbag campaign: sexist, puerile, insulting.  What seems like a bit of playful fun in the name of a good cause, is actually reaffirming all kinds of denigrating ideas around the subject of gender.
  • July 2010 Sexuality EducationSexuality education and human rights. Human rights and sexuality education are interrelated, with sexuality education supporting human rights and vice versa.
  • June 2010 BreastfeedingSexualised boob obsession has origins in lactation. Humans are the only primate which has prominent breasts outside of breastfeeding their young. In other words prominent breasts in primates – such as the gorilla mother in the photo album below – equal lactating breasts.
  • June 2010 Corporate PaedophiliaStepping up the fight against childhood sexualisation. Historically New Zealand has been in Australia’s shadow concerning action against the sexualisation of children. However, awareness of the issue in New Zealand has now been intentified, with initiatives by Auckland University and the National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ).
  • March 2010 Fashion as SubjugationOn-trend shoes: high fashion or a step too far. Alexander McQueen’s Spring 2010 runway collection “was a statement about the future of our world”. However the shoes in the collection – sky high platforms – are distinctly historical, reflecting fashions of a bygone era by subjugating women with clothing and footwear specifically designed to restrict movement.

Maternal and Infant Health

  • Maternal MotherJune 2011 BreastfeedingGM cows make human breast milk: 5 reasons it’s wrong. A positive innovation to replace maligned formula, or a grotesque corporate ethics-bending exercise.
  • June 2010 BreastfeedingBreast intentions. Counselling support for bottle feeding mothers, many of whom remain unsupported in their choice to breastfeed.
  • May 2010 Breastfeeding100 breastfeeding celebrities photo album.
  • May 2010 BreastfeedingBreastfeeding images 1450-1920 (right) photo album. We haven’t always been so squeamish about public breastfeeding.
  • May 2010 BreastfeedingFor mothers, worst place in world is breast place.  If you assess countries in Save the Children’s State of the World’s Mothers Report 2010 according to how well they are living up to WHO breastfeeding targets, you can flip the Save the Children ranking on its head, with developing countries coming out on top.
  • May 2010 International LawHuman rights instruments supporting motherhood. There are at least 11 international declarations, resolutions and conventions supporting parents, mothers and their children.
  • May 2010 Valuing MotherhoodMotherhood: a labour of love, a career of choice. Western society sees motherhood as a cop-out, with mothers viewed as dependent leeches within a social framework obsessed with consumerism, corporations and financial wealth.
  • April 2010 GenderMotherhood and gender. Reconciling the primacy of motherhood with the rejection of binary gender.
  • April 2010 VaccinationVaccination: immunity from persecution. In more developed countries, the pharmaceutical and political lobby persuade parents to vaccinate their children by instilling fear and loathing of non-vaccinators into other parents. An advantage of vaccination has become “immunity from persecution”.
  • March 2010 BreastfeedingBreastfeeding exclusively and for longer. Research by anthropologist Kathy Dettwyler “suggests that the normal and natural duration of breastfeeding for modern humans falls between 2.5 years at a minimum and about 7 years at a maximum”.
  • March 2010 MedicalisationThe crisis of medicalised childbirth. Rates of caesarean section in many countries have increased beyond the recommended level of 15%, almost doubling in the last decade, especially in high-income areas such as Australia, France, Germany, Italy, North America and the UK.
  • March 2010 BreastfeedingShared care, compromised care. Small babies are prevented from breastfeeding so they can spend time with Dad.
  • March 2010 BreastfeedingShopping infant formula code violators. Supermarkets which promote infant formula are breaching the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes 1981 (ICMBMS).
  • March 2010 Positive DisciplineTime up for time out. With time out a child learns “I am upset and can not control my emotions, my parent does not like that, so I am banished until I modify my behaviour”. No acceptance of difficult emotions, no team-work to try and regulate the child’s distress, no modeling of more desirable problem-solving behaviour
  • February 2010 BabywearingBabywearing fosters attachment. Research shows “kangaroo mother care” reduces newborn deaths by more than 50 percent, and is more effective than incubators for stable preterm babies.
  • June 2009 Co-sleepingSafe baby co-sleeping fact sheet. Babies sleeping through the night in their own room is a western model created since the industrial revolution. It devalues the role of mothers, the needs of their babies and the support of the father and extended family, placing a premium on forced independence.

International Human Rights Law

  • Human RightsJune 2015 Fracking: Writer, contributor and editor of A Guide to Rights-Based Advocacy: International Human Rights Law and Fracking (right). How the international human rights framework can be used to initiate rights-based advocacy against human rights violations that result from the harm caused by hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
  • May 2013 Human Trafficking: Human trafficking and international law. Trafficking in persons was codified as long ago as 1910. Over 100 years later, despite the term “trafficking” implying movement, international law defines trafficking by a person’s exploitation and not by their transit.
  • May 2012 Intercountry Adoption: Legal Frameworks Fact Sheet, part of media pack for The African Child Policy Forum’s 5th International Policy Conference Intercountry Adoption: Alternatives and Controversies
  • August 2005 War PropagandaThe media’s role in war propaganda. According to the International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP) the central questions are “Can journalism kill?” And “At what point does political propaganda become criminal?”.
  • June 2005 War PropagandaIraq: propaganda’s war on human rights. States wage war in the name of peace and democracy. Yet war propaganda can violate human rights and undermine the democratic principles it seeks to champion. Despite this it is rarely acknowledged, by the media, governments, or even anti-war campaigners, that war propaganda is illegal under international human rights law.
  • February 2003 War PropagandaIraq: the road to war. In his elaborate multimedia presentation, which included satellite photographs of alleged chemical weapons installations and intercepted telephone conversations, United States Secretary of State Colin Powell detailed the apparent evacuation of chemical and biological weapons, indicated Iraqi links to terrorist networks and highlighted the country’s record of systematic human rights abuses.
  • February 2003 The UN SystemCocktails or Quorum: the 22nd meeting of State Parties to the ICCPR (right). I’m at the UN in New York, sitting in on the 22nd meeting of the State Parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), held to fill a vacancy in the Human Rights Committee.
  • January 2003 International Criminal CourtThe evolution of the International Criminal Court. There are several key objectives which the establishment of an international criminal court is able to satisfy, and which alternative solutions such as reliance on national justice and ad-hoc criminal tribunals are not able to address.
  • January 2003 UDHR: The Universal Declaration’s bias towards Western democracies. As one of the most widely cited human rights documents in the world, the non-compulsory form of the declaration should not belie its enormous influence in steering global human rights culture.
  • January 2001 Human Rights InstrumentsHuman rights mechanisms and international law. The legal status of various human rights instruments and the significant and growing impact of human rights on the development of international law.

Environment

  • P82800611-300x300June 2015 Fracking: Writer, contributor and editor of A Guide to Rights-Based Advocacy: International Human Rights Law and Fracking (right). How the international human rights framework can be used to initiate rights-based advocacy against human rights violations that result from the harm caused by hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
  • September 2014 Indigenous RightsWhen the earth is cut: A poem about indigenous rights and the environment. Can the rest of the world learn what aboriginals know: That when the earth is cut, so are we.
  • April 2014 Food Sustainability: Someone, something, somewhere pays: A poem about food sustainability and the true cost of food. There is no such thing as cheap food: Someone, something, somewhere pays.
  • December 2006 Indigenous RightsMaori and human rights in New Zealand. A study by Massey university in January 2006 found that disconnection from Maori culture is a key factor behind the high rates of Maori suicide and attempted suicide in New Zealand.

Other Themes

  • Boys in AmharaMay 2016: Humanitarian Aid: Neocolonialism & national interest: The politics & inequalities of Foreign Aid. Challenging the narrative of the generous but at-risk benefactor West, and a developing South which is lucky to have humanitarian and development assistance.
  • 2011-2013 Humanitarian Aid: Copywriting and editing for the Emergency Capacity Building (ECB) Project newsletter on subjects including Joint Needs Assessment approaches to emergency responses in Indonesia, and the launch of a Cluster Accountability Initiative.
  • June 2012 Humanitarian Aid: Consolidating editorial feedback and inputting to a guide on humanitarian collaboration What We Know About Collaboration: the ECB Country Consortium Experience
  • 2012 Humanitarian Aid: Copywriting a series of leaflets and posters and website content for the ECBinter-active humanitarian conference series, on subjects including Accountability and Impact Measurement (pictured), Emergency Simulations, and Staff Capacity Building.
  • April 2012 Animal WelfareAs dog rescue kennels face crisis, foster, save a life & transform your own. Dog rescue centres are in crisis with too many dogs, not enough kennel spaces or permanent  onward homes, and many healthy beautiful animals being put to sleep as a result. In some cases this foster place literally saves a dog’s life and could transform yours.

  • September 2011 Death PenaltyTroy Davis: a likely innocent man murdered, but his killer walks free. Why did Troy Davis, MacPhail’s alleged killer, get a death sentence, while the killer of Troy Davis got a government pay check for a job well done.
  • October 2009 Positive PsychologyIf you’re happy and you know it keep it that way. “The Happiness Project”, headed by academic Alison Ogier-Price, explores how we can motivate ourselves towards long term happiness by using strategies such as gratitude and savouring, amongst others.
  • May 2002 Human Rights and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs): Human rights and the distribution of information. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), our world is undergoing a technological revolution, perhaps the greatest that humanity has ever experienced. The challenge for the United Nations and other human rights advocates is to ensure this revolution does not just benefit governments and corporations, leaving civil society in the rubble of digital marginalisation and restricted freedoms.
  • Elizabeth’s Art Gallery showcasing her artwork.
  • Mummy’s Guide to Life a hand-painted book written by Elizabeth for her daughter.
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