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Mental Health affects so many people every day and, without knowing the signs to identify early stages of these issues, is becoming an ever increasing problem, as is being able to deal with those problems and get the right support when needed. Anyone who watches Coronation Street will have been impressed by their sensitive handling of a tragic suicide storyline - but will also have been deeply shocked by the event, given the lack of obvious signs of mental illness.
1Since 1975 the United Nations has been celebrating International Women’s Day on 8 March. It was first marked in the US on 28 February 1909 in honour of the garment worker’s strike in New York where women protested against their working conditions. This year’s theme is: rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives #PressforProgress. This is to celebrate social, cultural, economic and political successes of women globally - and especially this year - to promote an improvement in the livelihoods and wellbeing of rural women, who 2make up over a quarter of the world’s population, but still fare worse off than rural men and urban women. Less than 20% of landholders worldwide are women.
Data Privacy Day was on 28 January and promoted the importance of protecting personal information. With rules changing and new legislation due to take effect in May this year, now is a crucial time to get yourself up to date with all the new procedures and processes that come with GDPR. Data related crimes are on the increase and with‑over 11.9 billion data records compromised in the first half of 2017, you need to protect yourself against your data being stolen and misused.
Although, by law, slavery was abolished over 150 years ago; modern day slavery still exists in many forms and accumulates £111 billion in illegal profits globally each year. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally.
- 68% of them are trapped in forced labour
- 26% of them are children
- 55% are women and girls