There are 757million illiterate people in the world right now. And this is not a developing world problem: one in five children in the UK, or one in four in the US, leave primary school unable to read and write properly. Illiteracy is not a sexy or exciting topic. It's not confronting in its raw emotional power... People aren't directly dying or overtly suffering of illiteracy. As far as global issues go, it may feel a little vanilla. But when you look at the relationship between illiteracy and most other global issues, a statistical pattern emerges. Read more.
Investment in our area is bringing jobs and hope to our high street of a better quality of life for all. Yet our community is being fractured by a perfect storm of housing benefit caps, low wages, a lack of properties and speculation on prices. Increasingly developers are acting like vultures, picking the bones of Walthamstow's precious housing stock for quick profits... Read more.
The report on sexual harassment in schools found that of 2,000 British women, 22% experienced some kind of harassment at school including: sexual touching, groping, flashing, sexual assault or rape. It was reading that statistic which triggered the memories of my bruised bum cheek - and not being able to sit down properly for days - to come flooding back to me. Read more.