The levels of violence against women and girls worldwide is terrifying. In 1993, the UN provided a framework to tackle this pandemic, yet more than 20 years later women are still experiencing varying forms of violence because of their gender. 1 in 3 women experience abuse by an intimate partner, sexual violence and harassment in public spheres are common, and at least 200 million women and girls alive today have undergone female genital mutilation. These statistics and more are sho...


The Legacy of Fidel Castro

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Meg Kneafsey
Member since January 21, 2016
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 22

On the 25th of November 2016, the 90-year-old Fidel Castro passed away. For millennials like myself, the significance of this figure is not immediately apparent. In a world of constant international change and an increased focus on the Middle East, Cuba to many of us is just a Caribbean island. However, Castro was one of the political leaders who rightly or wrongly defined the 20th century. From his part in the Cuban Missile Crisis to a continuing symbol of Marxism, the life of...


Hormonal Birth Control - What are we putting into our bodies?

Posted Avatar Meg Kneafsey , Youth Activist

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Meg Kneafsey
Member since January 21, 2016
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 22

Throughout the world today, access to safe birth control is limited. Low levels of female education, lack of knowledge about and access to contraception, insufficient supplies and services and cost and fear of side effects are the main reasons for unwanted and unplanned pregnancies. Birth control is inherently linked to women’s rights. It gives us autonomy over our bodies, allowing us to decide when we want to have children. It doesn’t punish us for our sexual decisions. Fu...


Rethinking 'Youth Voice'

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Meg Kneafsey
Member since January 21, 2016
  • 4 Posts
  • Age 22

I was recently fortunate enough to attend a political party conference. There I attended the ‘Youth Zone’ and was excited to hear the opinions of my peers from around the UK on various topics. I found myself deeply disappointed with the format however; politicians sat and spoke about apparent ‘youth issues’ while young people were invited to ask questions. The day was almost laughable and summarised by one politician’s phrase ‘I think that young people think…’. Can...


  • Meg Kneafsey

    I am passionate about youth empowerment in social action. I have campaigned for social and political issues in the UK and abroad and represent Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, Youth Employment UK, and Step Up to Serve as an Ambassador. I am also a Trustee for the youth-led sustainable development charity, Raleigh International.


    Member since January 21, 2016


    Age 22 • 4 Posts