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Manifesto for Girl's Rights in Wales launched in Cardiff

Full Circle Education launched the very first Manifesto for Girl's Rights in Wales at the Senedd on 13 October.

It focuses on five main themes - education, a voice, a safe community, a fulfilling future, and freedom of choice - with the aim of "improving rights for girls and young women, and a recognition of the challenges still facing girls across the country."

Drawing on the voices of young girls and professionals, gathered from workshops, focus groups and a survey of over 600 young women in Wales, the report by Full Circle Education found a number of issues facing girls.

The main issues experienced by the respondents ranged from body image concerns to sexual harassment. Less than 8% thought there was enough support for girls and young women in Wales, but most remarkably, almost 6 out of 10 said they did not think they had the same rights and opportunities as their male counterparts. 

The launch gave young girls the platform to speak about the challenges they face on a daily basis, Speakers invluded pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Plasmawr, as well as a presentation by Plan UK on their research of girls rights in the UK.

To read the full report and findings by Full Circle Education click here, or to read their Manifesto click here.

Celebrating 10 years of Wales' Partnership with Africa

October marked ten years of work with communities across Africa through the Wales for Africa programme

Launched in 2006, with the aim of supporting and encouraging people of Wales to be more actively involved in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the programme has now over 350 active links between Wales and Africa across 25 African nations. 

Whether helping 544,000 Ugandan farmers receive training and trees to help shade their crops, or improving the health of thousands through 72 health projects, the Wales Africa links are an evident success. 

Wales has now a fifth of all hospital links with Africa in the UK, one of its many achievements since the programme began. 

This success was commended by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, in an event held at the Senedd on October 3, where he stressed the value of solidarity and relationships based on mutual learning and respect. 

He also commended the work of Hub Cymru Africa who's funding benefited 80,000 people in Wales and 260,000 people across Africa in 2015.

Hub Cymru Africa have funded projects like that of SaddleAid, an Anglesey based company, who developed a horse saddle to help pregnant women and the sick living in remote areas of Ethiopia to be transported safely to a hospital.

The programme is a long term commitment towards Wales' global responsibility, which looks to be going from strength to strength.

To see more Hub Cymru Africa funded projects click here

#WalesIsMyHome films say no to racism

Show Racism the Red Card have released a range of educational films as part of Hate Awareness Week (10 - 14 October).

The films, produced by Break Every Chain Productions and funded by Sport Wales, are a range of interviews exploring racism and immigration from the perspective of Wales' migrant community, including the likes of Wales' sporting stars Kenywne Jones and Robert Earnshaw, among many others. 

The project aims to open up the conversation about the benefits of immigration on communities, and the challenges faced by immigrants and refugees alike. 

To see the #WalesIsMyHome videos click here.

 

World Peace Day: Welsh women for peace

Women have been at the forefront of Wales' peace movements, from local peace and justice groups to popular movements. 

One of these movements, the 1926 women's peace pilgrimage, was recreated by Wales for Peace, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Storiel Museum and other local organisations, to mark the UN's International Peace Day on 21 September. 

The Welsh organisations came together at Caernarfon Castle to recreate a moment in history that took place 90 years ago, where many women around the globe became activists in the campaign for arms reduction and for the end of war. It is in North Wales a procession of peacemakers travelled for five days through the towns and villages of north Wales to reach Chester, before joining 100,000 women at the Hyde park demonstration in 1926.

This led to the creation of the North Wales Women’s Peace Council, and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Today, Welsh women continue their efforts for peace and human rights. In September 2015, 4 Gwynedd women made national headlines for protesting against drone testing in Wales. 

In 2015, Wales for Peace's Learning Coordinator Jane Harries travelled to Israel and Palestine as a human rights monitor and produced a short film / learning resource on peace making.

WCIA's Gwynedd programme drives community involvement to bring poppy display to Caernarfon 

As part of WCIA's Gwynedd programme, the Wales for Peace project, Cadw, Gwynedd Museums and Mantell Gwynedd are supporting the involvement of the community and volunteers with the Poppies: Weeping Window display ahead of Remberance Day 2016. 

The Welsh Government’s environment service, Cadw, succeeded in their bid to host the poppy display at Caernarfon Castle in partnership with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs ‘Wales for Peace’ project, which will be looking at the impact of WW1 on Gwynedd through community led events and schools conferences.

The display is made up of 6,000 ceramic poppies, and is accompanied by the Remembrance for Peace exhibition, which features the iconic  Welsh Book of Remembrance

The display and exhibition is open to the public until November 20. For more information click here. 

#itooamcardiff: giving BME students a voice

Cardiff University students have launched a campaign to give black and minority ethnic students on campus a voice. 

Central to the campaign is a pop up exhibition of 13 student images that will be displayed around the University over the coming months. 

Counsellor and the project lead, Susan Cousins said,

"There is no doubt universities need to do more to give black and minority ethnic students a voice on campus.”

“I’ve been working with this dedicated group of students over the last year or so to help bring this campaign alive.

To see the campaign click here, or follow the #itooamcardiff hashtag on twitter, click here.

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Our events
 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25 November, Llandaff Cathedral and Llandaff Rugby Club. Find out more.

Devaluation of European Values after Brexit', 29 November, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Find out more.

What does Brexit mean for...?, 30 November, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Find out more.

Debating Grand Final 2016, 1 December, Temple of Peace. Find out more.

3rd Sector Xmas Party, 14 December, Temple of Peace. Find out more.


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The Orlando Mass-Shootings: Homophobia or Terrorism. Read.

Political Tourist: The Final ChapterRead.

Political Tourist Part 6: Discovering and Sharing Heritage for Truth and Peace. Read.

Political Tourist Part 5: Checkpoint Duty. Read.

Political Tourist Part 4: AVP – Gazan Style. Read.

Political Tourist Part 3: First Impressions of Gaza. Read.

Political Tourist Part 2: Room for Celebration. Read

Political Tourist Part 1: Walking the Line of Non-violence. Read.

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Event resources

EU Referendum: The Issues Debate Wales, 8 June. View event report.

‘Charity begins at home?’ Talk from the Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, Mark Goldring, 24 February. Post event report, photos, video of routable discussion, video of Mark Goldring talk.

‘The Role of the Commonwealth in the 21st Century’ Talk from Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, 22 March. Event story.
 
‘Contextualising Islam in 21st Century Britain’ Talk from Professor Grace Davie, 13 April. Event report and pictures

'Syria, ISIL and the Middle East: The US Perspective' Talk from Thomas Williams, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy, 28 April. Event pictures and report

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