Ashika Manu


About Ashika Manu

Ashika has been involved with the OWP since 2017 – first as a correspondent and currently as the Executive Director of the New Zealand division. Ashika believes strongly in pushing for peaceful solutions to conflict and has a particular interest in environmental issues, human rights, international relations, social issues, and online/digital media.

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 […]


Human Impact On Biodiversity

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) published their 2018 Living Planet Report in October, revealing stark findings about humanity’s impact on the environment, animal populations, and animal habitats, and the likelihood of extinction for a number of species if human actions and attitudes towards the Earth and its resources do not […]


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 […]


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, […]


Indian Supreme Court Allows All Women To Enter Sabarimala Temple: Is Legal Reform Enough?

India’s Supreme Court recently struck down a law banning women from entering one of Hinduism’s holiest sites – the Sabarimala temple, in India’s southern state of Kerala. This decision quickly intensified ire and anger amongst the violent mobs of Indian men who view allowing women of menstruating age (usually defined in […]


Kuwait’s Banned Book Count Continues To Rise

The Kuwaiti government has banned 4,390 books in a four year period, in a bid to appease the country’s conservative bloc in parliament. Despite Kuwait’s push to be seen as a modern “enclave of intellectual freedom,” censorship literature is still pushed through the Ministry of Information’s twelve-member censor committee. The government’s censorship […]


Modern Slavery: Ending The Human Trafficking Of 40 Million Enslaved People

While for many people, slavery may seem like a non-issue that no longer affects the majority of the world’s populations in the 21st century, for an estimated 40 million people in the world who are currently in some form of forced servitude, modern slavery – known as human trafficking – is […]


Detained Migrant Child Numbers Hit All-Time High In The U.S.

The number of migrant children held in U.S. government shelters has recently skyrocketed to an all-time high of 12,800, according to data obtained by the New York Times. This is despite a court order to return all detained migrant children separated under the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” to their parents […]


Indian Supreme Court Decriminalizes Homosexuality Bringing A Long-Awaited Win For LGBT Indians

India’s Supreme Court recently ruled that a colonial-era law that criminalized homosexuality was “irrational, indefensible, and manifestly arbitrary,” striking down the past of the law pertaining to homosexuality – thereby decriminalizing homosexuality in the second most populous country in the world – and declaring that all LGBT Indians deserved all of […]


Scotland Moves To End “Period Poverty” Paving The Way For Others To Do The Same

Scotland has moved to provide free sanitary products to students in all schools and universities across the country, in a £5.2 million program that aims to end “period poverty,” an issue that can force those that are unable to afford sanitary products to periodically miss school, work, or social activities. […]