Together we can help the global campaign to end human trafficking September 30th 2014

In 2012 I was delighted to be asked to get involved with an innovative new arts project designed to raise awareness of human trafficking.

The ground-breaking project, conceived and led by the inspirational Ben Kaye, was something of a first; ‘Anya17’, a thought-provoking, emotionally-charged opera exposing the plight of victims of sex trafficking.

 

Human trafficking - hidden from view

Human trafficking – hidden from view

 

Since its premiere in 2012, it feels like the issue of sex trafficking has been in the international media headlines nearly every day. Thankfully, there are some great organisations shining the spotlight on the horrors of an ‘industry’ that preys on the vulnerable and dispossessed, and I urge you to lend them your support, if you can, or at least to learn more about this terrible modern-day slavery. Yes, their charity blogs, websites and other communications make uncomfortable reading, but perhaps together if we each do something, no matter how small, we might be able to make a difference.

 

You can connect with a range of charity and non-profit organisations leading the fight against people trafficking, including:

www.unseenuk.org

www.ecpat.org.uk

www.ungift.org

www.stopthetraffik.org

 

 

Anya17 - an opera exposing the reality of sex trafficking

Anya17 – an opera making a difference

 

Two years later after its well-received inaugural performance, Anya17 continues to raise awareness of sex trafficking by taking its powerful message around the world. You can find out more here

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Cruelty free beauty: how you can get involved October 27th 2013

After a two-year campaign, Cruelty Free International announced that more than 1 million people around the world have signed their petition calling for a global ban on cosmetics animal testing!

We may not live in a perfect world, but we can all do something to make a difference. If you love animals, this short animation from Cruelty Free International, the only global organisation solely dedicated to ending cosmetics animal testing,  says it all!

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Cruelty-free cosmetics: EU bans animal testing for beauty! March 12th 2013

Ethical consumers, animal lovers and compassionate companies are celebrating this month.

After more than 20 years of campaigning, the EU has finally banned animal testing for cosmetics!

This is a fantastic example of how professional, innovative and committed international campaigning can make a real difference.

Having personally managed the Leaping Bunny programme (the ‘kitemark’ for cruelty-free beauty products), and now as the global relationships advisor to Cruelty Free International, I am delighted to have played a small part in this amazing, long-fought campaign.

Thank you if you helped to achieve this victory for animals and cruelty-free beauty.

Here’s how we did it! 

 

Cruelty Free International: the global campaign to end cosmetics testing on animals

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2013: To be & not to do January 3rd 2013

If your schedule is as hectic as mine, then you’ve already written numerous ‘to do’ lists, and have at least the next three months mapped out. Such forward planning may be efficient, but it sure makes the months and years fly past, and sometimes we forget to reserve some time for ourselves, family and friends.

So, here’s a radical idea: let’s park those ‘to do’ lists (I’m not ready to give them up completely), and write sparkly new ‘to be’ lists.

'To be' means reserving time for you

What’s the difference? Well, the way I see it, we usually define ourselves by what we do, and not who we are – or want to be. I see you’d like some evidence. Think back to your last party and I bet everyone you met said, “so, what do you do?” And you replied with details of your job (and if you didn’t – you’re a very rare beast!). We focus so much on our work and ‘doing’, that even when we’re not beavering away at it, we still define ourselves by our 9 to 5 role!

So, go ahead and love your ‘to do’ lists, but don’t forget to reserve some time for other things  – and people – in your life.

Here’s my ‘to be’ list for 2013.

I will find ways to be:

  • Happier
  • Kinder
  • Fitter
  • Smarter

It’s definitely a work in progress – should I add KPI’s and timelines?  I must add it to my ‘to do’ list!

What’s on your ‘to be’ list for 2013? Feel free to share in the comments section.

 

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How to write a charity CV October 23rd 2012

I still spend a lot of time helping people to write their CVs.

If you Google CV writing tips you’ll find lots of advice and help, so let me give you one of the most important tips of all.

Whether you’re a charity social media manager, a director of communications, or you’re looking for your first charity job, as the saying goes – you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your CV is your ‘shop window’, so you need to get it right.

It can be very helpful to get a third party view of your CV, but you should never hand over the responsibility of producing such an important document. Yes, you may end up with a CV that sounds like you could run the world, but beware. In these days of social media, online networking and easy access to a wealth of publicly available information, if you’re ‘economical with the truth’ you will be found out!

Your CV advertises your skills and experience, so it should show you in the best light, but there are effective ways to do this that also ensure that, like any advertisement, the information you include is still honest, decent, legal and truthful! Make sure you recognise yourself in your CV and remember to review it from time to time to reflect your career development.

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