GlobalGirl Media UK
In 2016, I became a founder Trustee of the London branch of the dynamic US charity founded by documentary filmmaker Amie Williams. We train girls from disadvantaged communities in digital media: put the girl behind the camera, and you change the story. We run training courses in journalism, reporting, filmmaking and blogging, to give our GlobalGirls the skills and confidence to make short documentaries and reports that have social impact and can spark change.
The foundation of this charity came about in the most serendipitous of ways. 1n 1998, I wrote an article about a refuge in Nepal for women who had been trafficked into the sex trade in India. Just back from a trip to India, Peter Bashford read the article and decided to make it his mission to fight this evil trade and help the women and child victims. He founded the charity, Asha (Hope) Nepal, and I served as a trustee for 15 years.
My World, My View
Apart from writing the website and my involvement as a trustee for Asha Nepal, I spent a year in Pokhara running a project teaching documentary photography to disadvantaged girls in Nepal, which culminated in a book, two exhibitions at the British Council in Kathmandu, and a fund-raising exhibition at the Royal College of Art in London.
Jaisalmer in Jeopardy
In 1996, following my campaigning article in the New Scientist about the crumbling city of Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, India, I founded this conservation charity to help save the ancient fortified city. I set up projects to restore the historic royal palaces in the fort, as well as the landmark Streetscape Project restoring the medieval residential streets of the fort, which won a UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Conservation Award and the Built Environment category in the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.
BBC online gallery of the My World, My View project
Resurgence magazine article on the MWMV project
Video clip of the MWMV project in Nepal - the girls, their dreams and the grim lives they faced at home
Midweek, BBC Radio 4 - I discuss the MWMV project with Libby Purves
Jaisalmer conservation article in the Daily Telegraph by Mick Brown, who travelled to India to see if Jaisalmer was still in jeopardy
You magazine article by me about the MWMV project
Human rights stories
The Times - Mukti Ashram refuge for rescued child slaves in India, to tie in with True Vision's documentary, Slavery: A Global Investigation
The Times - interview with Diana Mawdsley, mother of jailed Burmese human rights protester James Mawdsley. Jubilee Campaign used this article to help secure his release
You magazine - Christina Noble, whose Children's Foundation in Mongolia is giving street children a home
You magazine - the scandal of the outcast widows of Vrindavan, India