Anna Kennedy Online – World Autism Awareness Week, 2 to 8 April 2016.

There are an estimated 700,000 people in the UK who have autism, and this affects about 2.8 million people every day including families and carers of people with autism.  Autism is formally referred to as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  It is a condition where individuals struggle with social relationships and communication.   According to statistics, 70%… Read More

Afghan Shelter Provides Security For Abused Women

Kabul, Afghanistan – At the The Afghan Women Skills Development Centre (AWSDC) shelter in Kabul, Maryam, Shokufa, Malae, and Asifa make ends meet behind locked doors. The AWSDC, a non-governmental organisation, helps severely traumatised girls and women who are victims of forced prostitution, domestic violence, and child marriages. These women are hidden behind guarded walls and protected… Read More

End Violence Against Women

The Issue To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls, the UN observes International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day) are a chance to… Read More

Greece Through The Eyes Of The Homeless

“A homeless woman was given a camera and asked to document life on the streets of Athens.” As Matina Pashali closed the door to her home behind her, she tried not to cry. She was in her early 50s – and homeless. Carrying a suitcase that held all of her belongings, she began to walk.… Read More

Why Aren’t Men In Their 30s Pressured To Have Kids? The Answer Isn’t Biological …

“Over the weekend women in their 20s were again under pressure to conceive. But this debate isn’t about fertility so much as an outdated social conservatism”   ere is an assertion with which you will be familiar. After 30, women’s fertility falls drastically. Their chances of conceiving naturally plummet, and they are left relying on… Read More

The Waris Dirie Story

My family was a tribe of herdsmen in the Somalian desert. And as a child, the freedom I had to experience nature’s sights, sounds and smells was pure joy. We watched lions baking in the sun. We ran with giraffes, zebras and foxes. We chased hyraxes—rabbit-size animals—through the sand. I was so happy. Gradually, those… Read More