Words in the Bucket

By Words in the Bucket | Words In The Bucket talks about international issues related to human rights protection, social inclusion, development and peace by presenting articles that are concise and approachable for everyone. We strongly believe that raising awareness, informing people and letting them participate and share their opinions is a fundamental basis for change.

The importance of family planning

If you are a woman of reproductive age, there is a 64 percent chance that you use some form of contraception. In Europe, this figure is 80 percent, …

Sierra Leone

The plight of Afghanistan’s dancing boys

Afghanistan’s recent conflict-ridden history has made the country increasingly dangerous for its population. Among the most vulnerable groups are …

Gender

A New Muslim Feminism?

In Berlin, the opening of a new and most unusual mosque, the Ibn Rushd-Goethe mosque, has incited both support and outrage. What makes this mosque …

Religion

Is Brazil missing the conversation about child marriage?

A World Bank recent study pointing to the costs of <b>child marriage</b> has brought again to the media the enormous costs this social phenomenon has for the …

Gender

Hiroshima Mon Amour- Alain Resnais

A linguistics professor of mine once told me: “One of the hardest things in life is to tell someone what a film is about”. If one were to believe …

What's keeping men from engaging in gender equality?

Every day, we fight a war against gender inequality. We fight systems that oppress people for being who they are. This means, being killed because of …

Who is killing our environmentalists

In 2015, reported killings of environmentalists globally reached a record high. By then, the figure was 185 killings across 16 selected countries in …

Why is the mountain ghost disappearing?

The mountain ghost is walking high up in the Pamir Mountains. The stunning camouflage and gracious movements in deep snows and on rocky terrains make …

Why peace in Yemen could depend on women

The war in Yemen, often called “the forgotten war,” has caused the death of over 10,000 people, including many civilians. Today, over 18 million …

Escape from slavery

<b>Amman, Jordan</b> – Ghem knew if she didn’t flee the house immediately she may never have another opportunity of escape.<p>The 23-year old Filipino house …

When Two Worlds Collide

When the residents of a small town of Tolima department in Colombia, decided to vote whether they wanted a mega gold mining project in their …

The return of the American spectacle of war

On April 13 the United States dropped the largest conventional bomb it has ever used in combat on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan. The …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Why we need to preserve the Caribbean sea

In the Caribbean Sea Ecosystem Assessment report, Professor John Agard and Angela Cropper, describes the Caribbean Sea as a distinct ecological …

Oceans

To each their own story

During the first six months after the breakout of violence in Libya in 2011, an estimated one million people crossed the border from Libya into …

The anti-canal movement has a woman's face in Nicaragua

<b>Canal Concession – an environmental and social catastrophe</b><p>In June 2013, the current Nicaraguan government handed over the concession of the …

Nepal’s forest women on the periphery

Sabitra wakes up with the sun at 5 am. Her husband, children and in-laws sleep. She heads outside to start her chores for the day, feeding the goats, …

Racism explained to an alien

Dear alien,<p>first of all, it was quite a humorous experience to find out you also call us “aliens”. In English, we have come up with the name “humans” …

Where the Paris Agreement falls short

On 1 June 2017, in the White House Rose Garden, US President Donald Trump decided to follow through on one of his campaign promises by announcing his …

Way past quinoa: bugs can be the next new superfood trend

Maybe next time, you should think twice before you whack those annoying insects with a newspaper. According to scientists, those miniature creatures …

Climate change: the tyranny of today over tomorrow

On 1 June 2017, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, struck at the heart of humankind by withdrawing the United States from the Paris …

Enough is enough

As Britain responds to its third terrorist attack in as many months, UK Prime Minister Teresa May has declared that “enough is enough”. Speaking …

Rethinking our economic model

Ever wondered what happens when you throw something away? Unfortunately, our waste is not always recycled or treated. Our trash in so many cases, …

Make water a priority in the Caribbean

<b>“The energy crisis of the 1970s will take a back seat to the water crisis of the 1980s and 1990.” – United States Department of Agriculture, The</b> …

A successful integration

While much media attention is on Libya as a country of transit for migrants and refugees, a stepping stone on the way to Europe; there seems to be …

A selective racism

The world is living one of the worst migration crisis in history. This topic is constantly on the political agenda, with national governments and …

Feminism: more than just a fashion trend

In the aftermath of the Women’s March on Washington big fashion brands saw a market opportunity. Dior, inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie´s essay, …

Preserving the peace in Macedonia

On 27th April 2017, around 200 Macedonian protesters broke through a police cordon and rushed into the parliament, using violence against the Members …

The ownership of the female body

Amman, Jordan – “The key,” Dr Hana Banat says, as she pauses in her pacing to emphasise, “is that we have to get women believing they have more roles …

When activism gets creative

Today is International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, celebrated all over the world. In Tunis, Tunisia, there are two big events taking …