Posts tagged with: UN Days

World Refugee Day: Messages of Warmth

20 June, 2017 Many people, looking back on their family history, will see someone who sought safety. A great-grandmother who delivered her children to safety during the World Wars, a soldier granted political asylum because he didn’t want to kill, or a family fleeing persecution in their home country.… Read more ›

World Blood Donor Day

14 June, 2017

Facilitator, donor, and daughter of a recipient Kate Turner reflects on the importance of giving blood and why your next milkshake could be a matter of life and death.

When I was sixteen, I donated blood for the first time. I wasn’t hugely nervous – a few of my friends had been before, and our school had encouraged it at assemblies and in homeroom.… Read more ›

Zero Discrimination Day: Syntax of Discrimination

01 March, 2017

I first heard the term “gay” when I was four years old. From the very start, I recognised its presence in the context of insult: two men throwing friendly jabs at each other, making fun. I asked my mother what the word meant, and she told me that it was when a man liked another man.… Read more ›