Jodie Lauren Smith

Jodie is a 25 year old British woman, who loves journalism and non-fiction writing in general. She wants to be a voice for unreported issues, elevating them in to the public arena in the hopes we can make a difference.
Security theater and terrorism

Security Theater: Safety is But a Feeling

Safety and security is a commodity that is highly valued in society, you’re often surrounded by large groups of strangers, travelling in large numbers in small machines, like aeroplanes, trains and buses. But are the safety measures in place keeping you safe? Or is it just showmanship, better known as security theater?
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Violence against women in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea: Warzone of Violence Against Women

In November 2017, in the Northern Highlands of Egna, a six-year-old girl was burned and cut after being accused of witchcraft by her community. Her mother had died 3 years prior as a result of being publicly set on fire, burning to death in Mount Hagen. No one has been prosecuted for these crimes. While this case is shocking and deplorable, sadly it is unlikely to shock the women of Papua New Guinea where violence against women and a system designed to oppress them is still flourishing.
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Sex tourism in the Philippines

Prostitution and Sex Tourism in the Philippines

Whilst finding exact numbers can be difficult, most sources estimate that 500,000 to 800,000 men, women and children are working in the sex trade in the Philippines. Sex tourism is mainly clustered around the major cities; however, its effects are felt countrywide where women and children are often forced or coerced away from their rural communities to work in the cities. Selling or paying for sex is actually illegal in the Philippines, however sex workers will be employed as a number of different roles that fall under ‘Entertainment’. Law enforcement turns a blind eye, and often accept bribes from sex workers in the form of sexual favors in order for their continued compliance with the industry.
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Child Labor

Child Labor: 5 Things You Didn’t Know

The 12th of June is World Against Child Labor Day, so in an effort to help the International Labour Organization with their fight against child labor and increasing exposure on this day, we thought we’d tell you 5 things you didn’t know about child labor. Read more

The World Oceans Day

The world’s oceans are a place of serene beauty, teeming with life in some areas and masked with darkness in others, they manage to seem full and yet empty, beautiful, and yet feral. The oceans generate most of the oxygen we breathe, they help feed us, they regulate our climate, give us new and exciting potential medicines, and cover 71% of the earth in their vastness.
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Female Genital Mutilation in the Western World

Female Genital Mutilation occurs all over the world, but most frequently in African countries, where it occurs to a much higher percentage of the female population, for example in Djibouti 98% of females have experienced some form of genital mutilation (FGM). The World Health Organization estimates that 125 million girls and women have experienced FGM in the 29 African and Middle Eastern countries where it is most frequently performed.
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Net neutrality

Where Should You Stand on Net Neutrality?

Net Neutrality is a contentious issue that has been all over the news recently. However, what it actually means, how it will effect you as a customer, and how you should feel about it are points people are still confused on, so if you’re one of those people who still feels kept in the dark about this whole issue, then this is what you should be reading!
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