Tell Theresa May to ban the bomb

On the 7th July 2017, more than 120 countries agreed to an historic United Nations treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The treaty follows decades of grassroots campaigning across the world. CND has been calling for a global ban on nuclear weapons since its founding in 1958 and we are delighted at the development. More than 130 countries took part in the first round of discussions, with many citing the previous prohibitions achieved on chemical weapons, biological weapons and cluster munitions.

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Speak out against the cruel Yulin dog meat festival

Petition via Humane Society International.

The Festival of Cruelty

Thousands of dogs and cats, many of them stolen pets, are captured and transported over long distances under horrific conditions to Yulin, a city in China’s Guangxi Autonomous Region. There, they’re held in crowded cages without food or water until they are brutally killed. Often, they are beaten and their throats are slit in front of other terrified animals. Most Chinese citizens reject this practice, and we’re committed to supporting them in ending the festival.

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Prioritizing Menstrual Hygiene Management is Key to Ensuring Girls Can Stay in School

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It’s a fact: everyone wins when girls and women access a full education. Educated girls and women are shown to have better maternal health and they are better equipped to raise healthier and more educated children.

And when a country increases its number of women educated through the second grade by 1%, it also raises its annual per capita economic growth by 0.3%.

 

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Stop Sexual Violence in Conflict and Emergencies for the Yazidi Community

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Sexual violence in conflict and emergency zones is a serious, present-day atrocity affecting millions of people, primarily women and girls. It has long been used as a tactic of war and employed on a large scale by armed groups to humiliate opponents, terrify individuals and destroy societies.

  • Between 250,000 and 500,000 women were raped during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.
  • Sexual violence was a characterizing feature of the 14-year long civil war in Liberia.
  • In the Democratic Republic of Congo approximately 1,100 rapes are being reported each month, with an average of 36 women and girls raped every day. It is believed that over 200,000 women have suffered from in the Democratic Republic of Congo since armed conflict began in the country.

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Sign the Open Letter Calling on Your Local Candidate to Support International Aid

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NoneWhether the next UK Prime Minister is Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn, or Tim Farron – the impact of the new government will have ripple effects not just in Britain, but worldwide.

For the last year, some of the media’s most powerful voices have been criticising the UK’s compassion and generosity. As children flee bombs in Syria, starve in Yemen, and suffer the unjust effects of poverty worldwide, the Daily Mail calls the UK’s international aid budget “bloated”, “obscene”, and “madness”. Now is the time to speak up.

And here is just one reason why:When I was 8 months pregnant, he punished me… he took me up to the pond and forced me into the water up to my neck. It was freezing cold. Then he bandaged all my joints, my knees and elbows, in old cloths and beat them with a hammer.”

This is Rekha’s story. As a woman in Bangladesh, she experienced abuse and violence in her marriage – until our international aid budget helped her break free.  Attending a local women’s rights group – part-funded by UK aid – Rekha escaped the cycle of abuse and now leads other women to do the same.

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Shut down CAVE FM 977 Benson for illegal broadcasting – for broadcasting ‘Paedophile advice’

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Admin note: Child pornography IS child abuse, there is no other way to look at it. The children involved – children, who cannot give their consent to sexual acts, and may have been coerced, forced or drugged – are abused, molested and raped for the entertainment of others. Giving advice on hiding any crime is appalling, but giving advice on hiding a crime such as this is abhorrent and unacceptable.  Continue reading

Help to end the genocide in West Papua

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Help to end the genocide in West PapuaThe West Papuan people are crying for their freedom – please sign this petition to show your support.

The world’s longest‐running military occupation and genocide has killed more than 500,000 people, and is destroying the world’s second‐largest rainforest and 50,000 years of civilisation. Why haven’t more people heard of West Papua?
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Demand punishment for man who kept dog as a sex slave

Petition via Change.org

A man who kept a pitbull as a sex-slave has managed to avoid any charges, prompting people to set up a petition to demand that he be locked up.

Locals in the city of Salavat in Russia called police when they saw the man raping his dog in the park. However, police refused to get involved, leaving the traumatised witness no option but to contact a group of animal rights activities who rescued the dog and rushed it to the vets, the Sun reports. Continue reading