#MeToo lives on in Facebook group

By Karin Ekblom

In December last year Maria Robsahm started the Facebook group #allavi (#allofus), to give women  a safe place to share their stories of sexual assaults and to break the silence about sexual misconduct.

The group started as a result of the #metoo-campaign that took of in October last year. In the description of the group, it states that its purpose is to give women a safe place to share their stories and to break the silence of sexual assaults. It also states that the group is for any woman affected by sexual assaults and today the group have over 57 000 members, and all who are women that in some way are, or have been, affected by sexual misconduct. The admins of the group stated that “our main focus of this group is to break the tyranny of silence”.

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Recyclable cups end up in landfill

Less than 1 per cent of disposable cups are recycled

By Irene Gomez

It is nine o’clock in the morning and there is a long queue in the coffee shop as people wait patiently for their takeaway dose of caffeine.

In the UK, 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups are thrown away every year. Committee MP says that less than 1% of them are recycled, even if they are thrown in the recycling bins.

What makes difficult to recycle them is their composition, made of a mix of paper and plastic. Paper can be easily recycled, but it is plastic what makes the cup waterproof.

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Former banker helps LGBTI youth

By Veronika Galeva

Single Step, the first successful LGBTI foundation in a ‘communist hungover ‘country such as Bulgaria, founded by Ivan Dimov.

After living in the USA for 25 years, Ivan Dimov decides to return to his country on a vacation. On a night out he met a troubled teenage boy, who wanted to share his story. He told Ivan that he came out to his mother, expecting her to help him, but instead she took him to a psychiatrist who told him that she can cure his illness. The boy ran away from home and tried to commit suicide. ‘To say that his story stunned me would be an understatement. I wanted to know what kids like him do in situation like this’, Ivan shared. After the encounter he decided that it’s time for a change, so he returned back to Bulgaria, where he established Single Step. ‘In the USA charity is related to sports, so to start the foundation I ran 12 marathons, 42 km each, in 12 weeks in order to raise money. The next challenge was to complete 10 000 repetitions of pull ups, push-ups and squats, which took me 15 hours’.

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Students respond to lecturer strikes

By Rhiannon Bevan and HK Norman

University lecturers up and down the country are taking strike action today, in protest to University changes to the USS, University Superannuation Scheme, which affects the pensions of the lecturers.

Many lecturers would end up facing a cut to their pensions, hence why 80% of the members of the UCU voted to take strike action, which could last up to two weeks.

It is thought that around 1 million university students are going to be affected by the strikes. We had a word with two of them.

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