Human rights


Equality and wealth distribution: How far have we really come? 1

This week’s blog comes from Gillian Moore. This year marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising when the Irish Proclamation was read by Padraig Pearse on the steps of the General Post Office (GPO) proclaiming a Republic that would guarantee ‘religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities for all its citizens, and declares its […]

Fig. 1: Child’s drawing of their home in a hotel in Dublin

Save the Clit.

This week’s blog comes from Development Perspectives Project Worker Stephanie Kirwan. Stephanie is a Development Education practitioner and facilitator who has worked globally in countries such as Ireland, Tanzania, China and South Africa. Stephanie is a passionate advocate of equality and human rights.  Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total […]


Serdar Ahmad: The Story of a Syrian Grassroots Leader

This week’s blog comes from Samir Salamah. Salim is a Syrian Palestinian blogger and activist who has lived in Sweden as a political refugee since 2013 following the Syrian revolution. He studied Law at Damascus University and is currently studying International Migration and Ethnic Relations at Malmö University. Since March 2015, Salim has headed the Palestinian […]


Consumer Activism: Six ways to ethicize your shopping! 2

This week’s blog comes from Aoife Kirk. Aoife is a graduate of Politics and History in NUI Maynooth. She has been involved with Development Perspectives since 2014 and was a leader on this year’s Insight programme. In a country where we have so many products available to us and are reminded on a daily basis by […]


A Leaders story of the Insight Programme 1

This week’s post comes from Barbara O’Connor. Barbara is a Community Youth Work graduate and has been involved in Development Perspectives since 2014. This year she took part as a leader on our Insight 2015 programme. As Saint Augustine put it: ‘The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page’. It […]


My Tanzanian Adventure with Development Perspectives’ Insight. 3

During July 2015 my mind was opened and I began to see the world from a different viewpoint. I travelled to Mwika in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania as part of Development Perspective’s Insight programme. I am 24 and a primary school teacher from Douglas, Cork. I stumbled across Development Perspectives unintentionally after a friend forwarded an information […]


Water is a Human Right.

Niamh Kelly is from Dublin and has always been interested in environmental and development issues. She studied a Bachelors Degree in Zoology in UCD and completed a Masters in Wildlife Conservation in Scotland. her studies and curiosity for different cultures has led her to live and work in Africa, Indonesia and The Philippines. More recently, she has branched into […]


Russia’s anti gay law

Seamus Quigley discusses if the recent amendment to Russia’s Federal Law 135 are really about protecting family values or are they about oppressing ‘non-traditional’ relations and curtailing LGBTQ rights? We welcome your comments and encourage you to engage in thoughtful and respectful discussion. Russia has been the centre of attention again over the last couple […]