Author: Jinan Younis

A crowdfunding masterclass with Help Refugees

In times of crisis, often the last thing on your mind is sitting down to write an arduous grant application. It’s also true that in times of crisis, people are desperate to help, but often they don’t know how. In the ‘refugee crisis’, in which more than one million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015, we saw these desires play out in the form of crowdfunding. As boats upon boats of migrants and refugees moored into European shores, there was a desperate need for supplies, resources and aid. Volunteers flocked to the Calais ‘jungle’ to support the arrivals. And...

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GDPR: creating a culture of responsibility and transparency

As the year of GDPR compliance has arrived, organisations are frantically trying to implement these changes that can seem burdensome. General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, is undergoing a change which is being implemented in May 2018. While there are thousands of GDPR experts that have emerged from the woodworks, the basic tenets of GDPR set out to change the way that businesses and organisations can hold data about their customers and supporters. All 99 articles of the GDPR text outline the requirements for compliance, which range from making it easier to request organisations that hold data on you...

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Time’s Up: The Next Iteration of the #metoo Movement

Over the past few months a movement fighting against sexual harassment has erupted. Emerging after allegations of sexual assault by prominent Hollywood stars and producers, Tanara Burke’s #metoo hashtag went viral. Born from this movement is Time’s Up – an initiative intended to counter systemic sexual harassment in the entertainment business and blue-collar workplaces. At the Golden Globes this year, women on the red carpet wore black to signify solidarity, and many stars came arm in arm with activists. From Tarana Burke, founder of Just be Inc and the #metoo hashtag, to Monica Ramirez, cofounder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, to...

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Lost Voices hackathon – and that’s a wrap!

If this is the first time you’re hearing of the Lost Voices project then we highly recommend you take a read through the report before delving into this piece. You can read the introduction to the report here and the full report here.  On 7 December we had the pleasure of hosting a hackathon around digital campaigning and the lived experience. Over 100 organisations and individuals signed up to attend and, with the help of mince pies, spiced apple juice and a strong Christmas playlist, the event offered a perfect space for discussion, collaboration and in-depth thinking around this...

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Need an emergency gift idea?

Buying presents at this time of year can feel exhausting. What do you get for your friend/family member/partner that they will actually like and use? And importantly, how can you ensure that what you’re getting them is ethical? Fear no longer – there is one gift that you can get them all. A unisex, ethically sourced, vagina T-shirt/jumper. You can thank us later for solving all of your Christmas woes. So what is an ethically sourced vagina T-shirt? I caught up with the founder of ‘This is a Vagina’, Jo Corall, about the tees that promise to start a vulvalution....

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