Pascale Palmer's blog

Telling the stories from Bradford to Bukavu

Telling the stories from Bradford to Bukavu

I’ve just spent a week in the diocese of Bukavu in Sud-Kivu where the Interahamwe continue to rape and raid. On Wednesday I visited Mwanda, an hour’s drive from Bukavu town. Just days before, rebel troops had attacked a nearby village, taking the community’s food and animals, leaving one man badly injured.

Challenging patriarchy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Challenging patriarchy in the Democratic Republic of Congo

I’ve just met Furaha Ciwaci in a village outside Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She’s a 17-year-old girl with fierce eyes and a one year-old son.

How gender-based sexual violence continues long after guns are put down

How gender-based sexual violence continues long after guns are put down

Last month, David Cameron and Jeffrey Sachs wrote a piece in The Independent on the role of women in international development.

Saving the fire and fight for policy

Saving the fire and fight for policy

And so it begins. After weeks of election fever, the solid and well-oiled wheels of government have been set in motion: the big jobs have been meted out and the policy compromises of the coalition are being aired.

Tough decisions for Election 2010? Actually it's relatively easy

Tough decisions for Election 2010? Actually it's relatively easy

Thursday is going to be a pretty heavy day – I’ve got to vote for my choice of MP, mayor and three local councillors. The polling station, which normally hosts a playgroup and evening dance classes, is a fair stroll around the block, so I’m hoping that the weather isn’t too bad. I’ve got Thursday and Friday off work, so I can make time for putting my cross in the boxes then sit back and watch events unfold. Probably I’ll do it multi-media style – a bit of Radio 4, a background of BBC News and the Channel 4 alternative extravaganza, and maybe the odd foray into the Internet to see how things are going online. I don’t mean to be flippant; well I do actually, because we’ve got it so easy.

Mainstreaming climate change is going to take a bit more effort

Mainstreaming climate change is going to take a bit more effort

I take my hat off to the patience of climate ministers from all three major parties and the Green Party.

Poverty hits the poor, but misses the headlines again

Poverty hits the poor, but misses the headlines again

Was yesterday a good day to bury important global perspectives? Let's consider the evidence and then look at what you might have missed...

The challenge to global market power won't stop with the general election

The challenge to global market power won't stop with the general election

It feels like we're living in interesting times. Since Obama swept to power last year, it's as though the UK might be getting the message that enfranchisement is a precious right worth acting on. I'm not saying that Brown, Cameron or Clegg carry with them the hope and light of the 'Yes we can' roadshow, but perhaps the apathy of the past UK general elections will be thrown aside in favour of active participation.

Lockdown at Copenhagen

Lockdown at Copenhagen

It’s lockdown here in the Danish capital. But with about 100 police staying at my hotel, breakfast is a very safe affair.

Secure climate finance makes the difference between life and death

Secure climate finance makes the difference between life and death

Are you ready for this? I’m going to talk climate finance. Fascinating, I hear you whoop. Quite right.