Who are we?
Backed by a movement of more than 6 million ONE members worldwide, we are a campaigning society that asks for your voice, not for your money. Our aim is to hold world leaders to account for the commitments they have made to fight extreme poverty, and to promote key issues of poverty reduction on to the agendas at local and global levels.
What do we do?
At ONE Leeds, we have the freedom to operate not as a grant-seeking society but as one that looks to get students across the country to use their voices. We run campaigns across campus that are designed to get students to take action through signing petitions, lobbying parliament members or government officials, but also to think more deeply about issues and solutions themselves.
POVERTY IS SEXIST
“Being born female in one of the world's poorest countries means your life will be harder, simply because of your gender. As a girl, you are more likely to be taken out of school. As a woman, you'll find it harder to get credit or own land.
Unlocking the full potential of girls and women wouldn't just transform their lives or their families - it could help end extreme poverty. Because when women rise out of poverty, they take other people with them too.”
This campaign endeavours to make known the ways in which girls and women suffer in impoverished countries and to call on world leaders to grant them the opportunities and support they deserve. With funds directed towards the right policies, concerning education, health and economic autonomy, being born into poverty as a female doesn't have to be a death sentence.
Join thousands of people, including prominent figures such as Meryl Streep, Oprah, Emma Watson and Elton John and sign the petition: http://www.one.org/international/take-action/
#ThePencilProject - Education for EveryONE
This campaign was focused around every child's right to an education and its ability to raise people out of poverty. We wanted to raise awareness about the factors preventing universal primary and secondary education in many African countries: a huge shortage of teachers, limited supplies and severe and debilitating obstacles such as poor healthcare and household responsabilities. In addition to a stall in the Union, we also set up a bookshelf to collect various books and stationery for both Ebukuya Primary School and Ebukuya School for the Deaf in Luanda, Kenya.
#HaveAHeart - HIV and AIDS
This was a campaign created to draw attention to the importance of funding and continued research in relation to HIV and AIDS. Making use of Valentine's Day (contemporary to our stall in the Union) we left cards all over campus to raise both awareness about the shocking shortcomings in AIDS and HIV funding but also to show just how much progress has been made.
#TheRippleEffect - Water and Sanitation
Our current campaign (it's never too late to come along and join in!) is focusing on the woeful and infuriating status of water access and sanitation in a number of countries. World Water Day falls during the Easter holiday on Tuesday March 22nd but we are planning a creative campaign to get people talking about this crucial issue w/c Monday 18th April and also a expository film screening about the ongoing crisis (with pizza!) in Hidden Café on Thursday 5th May at 6pm.
Read Eva's story here and help make her struggle, and those of many young girls in Tanzania and beyond, of paramount importance to governing bodies. #StandWithEva http://www.one.org/international/take-action/stand-with-eva/
Children in Conflict
Our campaign focused on raising awareness about the effects of conflict on children. We had a stall in the Union to engage with fellow students on the topic and distributed case studies. These studies focused on individuals who had been or currently were in conflict zones to show both the specificity and widespread nature of obstacles such as access to education, adequate medical and pastoral care and their family stability. We also concentrated on child soldiers and examined the implications for children who end up in militias and what may happen upon returning to ‘normal’ communal life.
The campaign also involved hosting a film screening where we watched the Netflix adaptation of the book ‘Beasts of No Nation’. This was then followed by some discussion and reflection about the film and its implications. Our campaign tied in with Universal Children's Day, which took place on 20th November 2016 and each year highlights the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
Why do I have Historical Amnesia?
To end the semester, we decided to hold a different style of event. Following a YouGov poll which revealed that 44% of the nation were proud of Britain's history of colonialism, we held an event with internal speakers from the University departments of English and Sociology & Social Policy who each gave a 15 minute speech as part of a panel discussion about historical amnesia and its place in the Higher Education system.
- Dr Richard Tavernier, lecturer in the school of Sociology and Social Policy.
- Dr Brendon Nicholls, lecturer in the school of English.
- Katucha Bento, PhD researcher in the school of Sociology and Social Policy.
- Tasnim Al-Ahdal, MA researcher in the school of Sociology and Social Policy.
This was then followed by a Q&A in which the audience got involved and queried points raised by the speakers. Although this event marked a slight departure from our usual concern with development we felt it still addressed ONE's commitment to the Global Goals.
ONE supports the 17 Global Goals. You can read more about these wide ranging and ambitious targets and sign the petition here: http://www.one.org/international/globalgoals
When and where do we meet?
We meet every week at 5pm on Tuesdays in the Chillout Zone of Baines Wing (opposite the Michael Sadler building / accessible via far left of Parkinson Court) and all are welcome to attend any meeting!
We hold fairly regular socials, anything from a post-meeting trip to Old Bar, a night out, cocktails at a local bar or even a trip further afield to visit our friends at ONE Durham.
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Membership is totally free!