Ashika Manu

About Ashika Manu

Ashika is a media and communications honours graduate from the University of Canterbury and is interested in international relations, human rights, social issues, and online media.

Why Menstruation Stigma And Exile Are Still Issues In Nepal

A young woman in Nepal has died in a fire after being banished from her home under Chhaupadi, a practice that considers menstruating women ‘impure’. Amongst other things, this belief forces women to leave home and stay in inadequate huts for the duration of their menstruation cycle, despite the fact […]

Political Crisis In Venezuela Deepens

In recent weeks, the political crisis in Venezuela has deepened following a series of events stemming from Maduro’s inauguration in January, and National Assembly President Juan Guaido’s self-declaration as interim president of the country several days later, after many, both in the country and in the international community, refused to […]

Thailand To Increase Internet Restrictions With New Cybersecurity Law

Thailand is set to pass a new cybersecurity law which will give a government agency power to seize computers and electronic devices and search all data. This raises fears that freedom of expression on the internet and data security will be further restricted and controlled, just two months before long-awaited […]

Ebola Crisis In DRC Continues To Worsen

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has continued to worsen with new fears the disease could spread to Goma, a major town of around one million people and “major transportation hub” that connects the DRC to Rwanda, according to Peter Salama, head of the Health Emergencies Program […]

World’s Oceans Are Warming Faster Than Expected

Alarming new research has found that the Earth’s oceans are warming at a far higher rate than thought, an average of 40 percent faster than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago. Ocean temperatures have been consistently rising since the 1950s, absorbing more than 90% of the greenhouse gases […]

Hungarians Take To The Streets To Protest Government’s New “Slave Law”

Hungarians have once again taken to the streets in their thousands in the country’s capital Budapest, to protest against the new so-called “slave law” by the government,  which would allow employers to ask their employees to work up to 400 overtime hours every year. The protests began a week ago […]

Ireland To Repeal Abortion Ban In The New Year

After a long and arduous process, the Irish Parliament’s upper house has voted to repeal the country’s ban on abortion. The landmark decision will allow all women unrestricted access to abortion within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. In cases of fatal fetal abnormalities and serious risks to a woman’s life, […]

Climate Change Is Already Worsening Health Across The Globe

A recent report published in the public health journal The Lancet has revealed the extent to which climate change impacts on global health: it predicted devastating health effects on those in both high and low GDP countries in the future, as well as pointing to a plethora of health emergencies that […]

Federal Court Judge Upholds Nationwide DACA Injunction

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling on Thursday, upholding a nationwide injunction against the Trump Administration’s attempts to immediately end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This provided a temporary win for the approximate 800,000 “Dreamers” illegally residing in the U.S, […]

Floodwaters Rise In Venice As The City Is Projected To Sink Underwater Within A Century

Over the last week, severe storms have hit Italy, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and intense flooding and resulting in 29 deaths as of November 4. Venice experienced the worst flood in a decade, with at least three-quarters of the city flooded by up to 61 inches of water above […]