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.

My language doesnt exist

Ghiles El Kadi and I are sitting in a café in Finsbury Park, London, home to a sizeable Algerian community, on a day where he has no lectures for his …

Language

What if we tackled poverty differently?

What sort of a society would you like to live in if you knew nothing about where you would end up? Picture yourself in an aware state before your …

Poverty

Grenada: Isle of Cocoa?

The tourism dependent three island state, consisting of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique, is the southernmost of the Windward Islands in the …

6 years of suffering

It began 6 years ago, with protests on March 15, 2011. Since then, the Syrian uprising, as it was then called, has devolved into a brutal and complex …

Syria

The key to “growing your own money”

There are many companies and researchers who have been working on stoves and other inventions that will allow people to have easy access to …

Sustainability

Silence

In a surprising turn of events, the Myanmar military has come forward in a bizarre news conference defending its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim …

Myanmar

Have we forgotten about Eastern Ukraine?

At the Minsk Summit, on the 11th of February 2015, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France agreed to an immediate and full ceasefire in …

Ukraine

Against enemy culture

When I met Maria Hadjipavlou – a pioneering activist and well-known expert on conflict resolution and gender issues – one Wednesday around the end of …

Cyprus

Anti-gay, pro transgender

Most people would associate Iran and Afghanistan with a religious fundamentalism that goes completely against the realities of transsexuality, …

LGBTQ

A futile endevour

As someone utters the word “sustainability”, what image does it conjure? Is it the vibrant glow of the sustainable development goals beaming with …

Environment

#LifeInLeggings: Caribbean women reclaim power

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and sexual harassment are issues of increasing importance in Caribbean society, where women are hyper-sexualised and …

Women's Rights

How corruption is destroying our environment

It is a paradox that living in a globalized world, at a time when we are permanently connected, information is available immediately, and people …

Normalizing love and the vital role of men

“I have had to interrogate masculinity, which I think doesn’t happen enough. The toxic privileges that come with being a man don’t define me, but I …

Gender

Climate secrets from the past

Trees contain some of nature’s most accurate evidence of the past climatic conditions.<p>Andrew Ellicott Douglass, a former professor at the University …

Jaded

The failure to effectively regulate the extraction of a country’s natural resources is a policy problem which has ignited and fueled numerous …

Should Bolivia condemn extractivism?

Extractivism is a mode of economic accumulation that consists of the removal of raw materials from the natural environment. European colonialism …

Twice a victim

“When I was released from prison, the gate was just open. And they asked me to go. I don’t have anybody in Italy. I didn’t have one euro. I didn’t …

The Greatest Show on Earth

It is impossible not to notice when Carnival season comes around in the Caribbean. Months in advance, Soca and Calypso music (and all their …

Another crisis ignored

Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is facing an unprecedented crisis in the Northeast which has now spread to the entire Lake Chad Basin region …

Can I be a feminist and still go to Iran?

Two events of particular importance took place last week: the opening of the Women’s World Chess Championship and an official visit by Swedish EU …

Domino Effect

The 2016 United States presidential elections, and later the policies implemented by Donald Trump with the closing of the borders, have generated …

Two decades of gender austerity

In a period when fiscal austerity has strongly returned to the international economic agenda, Brazil started 2017 putting into practice a plan which …

An Open Letter to Theresa May

In my review of 2016 for WiB I concluded that ‘We shouldn’t be holding our breath to see what happens in 2017, we need to fight side-by-side building …

Shame, Rape, and Resistance

Last December, at the end of this eventful year, a new wave of protest filled the streets of Tunis following a court decision made on the 13th of …

Is there hope for Afghanistan?

Is there hope for Afghanistan? This is a question that has been asked innumerable times in the past 40 years: during Afghanistan’s war with the …

My reading against Trump

Following Donald Trump’s inauguration as President of the United States, George Orwell’s classic <i>1984</i> has skyrocketed to the top of many best-seller …

Aid: the new frontier in the fight for justice

For decades the West’s policy in fighting global poverty has been exemplified by Bob Geldof’s immortal words: “give us the money”.<p>Millions of people …

Rules of war

On the 23rd of January 2017, the Iraqi Security forces entered the last neighborhood in the eastern part of Mosul, approaching the end of the almost …

Keeping up appearance

In the pram, a toddler snoozes in the afternoon sunshine. She is dressed in a flashy pink tutu, a tiny little leather jacket, and it is all styled …