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A visit to Islamic Relief

On the 14th March a group UpRisers had an opportunity to visit the global headquarters of Islamic Relief, which is one of the most prominent international relief and development organisations. First, the UK Director Jehangir Malik gave us an overview of Islamic Relief’s development and its current operations, followed by a Q&A session. Then, we…

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Civil Service Live comes to Birmingham

On 15th April, UpRisers spoke at Civil Service Live at the International Convention Centre. The topics of the CSL included informing about key government initiatives and how delegates could get involved.  The UpRising delegation composed of four speakers: Zehra Zaidi, the Project Leader; Waheed Saleem, the Chair of the Steering Committee; and two selected UpRisers:…

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The Polish Elections- Bringing Human Rights Back to the Agenda?

The rise of women in the parliament, the prospect of a full in-vitro fertilization refund, the heated debate over displaying the Catholic cross in  public places, Poland’s first transsexual and gay Members of Parliament, – these events indicate that Poland is becoming less of a ‘Catholic bastion’ and more a ‘European’ state. However, is this…

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You’ll want to go back to Baku

Azerbaijan is brushing off its post-Soviet image and becoming a hot destination for 2011. Azerbaijan is brushing off its post-Soviet image and becoming a hot destination for 2011.Dominika Kaczwokska travelled to the capital, Baku, to see what it has to offer. When I told my friends that I was going to Azerbaijan, their first reaction was,…

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Child obesity in the United Kingdom

As Britain celebrates its successful hosting and performance in the Olympic Games, youth inactivity and obesity is a growing and under-addressed issue. The growth of child obesity rates is such that if they continue Britain will have largely obese population by 2050. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Kingdom’s population is one of the…