This page shows all of my articles covering poverty. Head to my CV page to view information about the IBA 'poverty project' and view work I commissioned.
Declining fertility rates and the threat to human rights
Facing low fertility rates that could undermine labour forces and social structures, governments are pursuing labour reforms, immigration expansion and pronatalist policies. Global Insight explores the impact of such policies on human rights and gender equality.
Pandemic accelerates need for comprehensive efforts to tackle child marriage
By disrupting children’s education and exposing families to financial crises, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the threat of human rights violations like child marriage around the world. Research by the United Nations Population Fund and partners estimates that an additional 13 million child marriages will take place between 2020 and 2030, which would not have occurred were it not for the pandemic.
Feature: Low wage and low priority
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, workers on the lowest wages have had the least protection – from the virus, from unemployment and from financial distress – despite their work being deemed ‘essential.’ Global Insight explores how governments and corporations can step up to create a better world for these workers.
Covid-19: pandemic highlights holes in workers’ rights
Low-wage and gig economy workers, whose jobs have been classed as essential by governments amid the Covid-19 pandemic, are resorting to legal action and protests to request health and safety measures and paid sick leave...
Poverty: UN rapporteur calls for recognition of social rights in UK
In July 2019, Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, presented the UN Human Rights Council with a 21-page report on his mission to the UK, in which he highlighted the UK government’s ‘dismantling of the social safety net’ and ‘clear violations of the country’s human rights obligations’...
America’s war on democracy
Since high-profile Republicans warned that mail-in voting had to be limited for the party to ever win the presidency again, hundreds of restrictive bills have been introduced across state legislatures. But rights advocates are battling voter suppression, and corporate America is being pulled into the fight.
Feature: The great regression
The rights of half of the world’s population are threatened thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and a state-driven backlash against gender equality. Global Insight explores recent regressions in the rights of women, the connection to the rise of nationalistic populism, and how best to counter this rollback.
Column: Inequality before the law
Lady Justice is often depicted blindfolded to represent key tenets of the rule of law: independence and impartiality. These ideals are enshrined in Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: ‘All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law.’ But reality tells a very different story.
Feature: Digital transformation and human rights
A digital transformation of governance is taking hold of the world. While this may have some benefits, the rate of change and lack of industry regulation raises human rights concerns. Welfare states have been swept up in the wave of transformation...
Interview: Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
In this boxout interview, Professor Alston spoke to Jennifer Venis, IBA Content Editor, about poverty in the UK, holding the government to account for continued inaction and the potential impact of Brexit on the country’s poorest...