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.

Anti-Government Protests In Romania Draw Tens Of Thousands To Bucharest Streets

Anti-government protests in the Romanian capital Bucharest, and several other cities across the country, continued for the second consecutive day even after 400 people were injured in Friday’s first round of protests, after violent clashes between peaceful protesters and riot police, who fired tear gas, pepper spray, and a water […]

Moving One Step Closer To Decriminalizing Homosexuality In India

India has moved one step closer to decriminalizing homosexuality after the Supreme Court began a hearing challenging the colonial-era law that, among others things, prohibits consensual sexual relations between men, and following on the heels of an August 2017 ruling that declared all people have a “constitutional right to privacy” […]

Venezuela Predicted To Hit One Million Percent Inflation Rate By Year’s End

The International Monetary Fund recently announced that inflation in Venezuela is predicted to hit one million percent by the end of this year, a startling figure despite the ongoing socioeconomic crisis that has already crippled the economy and caused widespread hunger, malnutrition, and frustration with a government that refuses to […]

U.S. Threatens Other Nations And Attempts To Block Parts Of Breastfeeding Health Resolution To Promote Corporate Interests Over Public Health

A New York Times report recently revealed that at a United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly, convened in May to pass a resolution encouraging mothers to breastfeed and limiting baby formula misinformation and inaccuracies, was blocked by the U.S. and almost did not pass. This followed after they threatened Ecuador (who […]

The Significance Of Roe v. Wade During The Birth Of America’s Most Decisively Conservative Supreme Court For Decades To Come

Justice Kennedy’s announcement of his retirement from the Supreme Court last week sparked fears across the U.S. of further restrictions of abortion access and reproductive rights for women, including the potential of the landmark 1973 case Roe v. Wade to be overturned. This is following President Trump’s appointment of a […]

The End Of Saudi Arabia’s Driving Ban: A One-Off Or The Beginning Of The Country’s Modern Women’s Rights Movement?

At midnight on June 24th 2018, Saudi Arabia lifted its longtime ban that forbade women from driving, nine months after the announcement was first made by King Salman, and decades after the “Women to Drive” movement first began campaigning for change. Women took to the streets in the driver’s seat […]

Trump Administration Cuts Asylum To Gang And Domestic Violence Victims

The United States recently announced their decision to henceforth reject asylum applications asking for refuge from domestic violence and gang violence, reversing a 2014 Obama-era policy that could potentially endanger tens of thousands and which only further cements the U.S.’s hardline stance on immigration, reinforced in recent weeks by the […]

South Sudan Returns To The Brink Of Famine Amidst Ongoing Civil War

Amidst the beginning of the fifth year of the country’s civil war, millions of people in South Sudan continue to suffer the effects of a “Never-Ending Hunger Season” that has caused widespread malnutrition and brought the nation to the brink of famine once again, spurring a humanitarian crisis, needing to […]

Maduro Wins A Second Term As Venezuela’s President Amid The Country’s Socio-Economic Crisis

Nicolás Maduro won his second term as President of Venezuela earlier this week, despite low voter turnout due to a boycott of what many believed to be a rigged election and disillusionment with Maduro’s government from citizens living through the worst socio-economic crisis in the country’s history. Maduro won 68% […]

Sudanese Woman’s Death Sentence Highlights Marital Inequality And Child Marriage Issues In Sudan

Nineteen-year-old teenager Noura Hussein was earlier this week sentenced to the death penalty for killing her husband after she stabbed him to death while he raped her. The decision has been condemned by rights groups, activists, and Hussein’s supporters, prompting a national and international outcry, as well as highlighting the […]

Aid Workers’ Abduction In South Sudan Highlights The Continued Dangers Of Aid Work In The Country

The abduction of ten aid workers in South Sudan – one of many over the past five years – has highlighted the risks and dangers humanitarian workers routinely face in the country. South Sudan has been mired in civil war since 2013, just two years after it first gained independence from […]

Hungarians Protest Prime Minister Days After Elections Put Him In Power

Hungarians in Budapest, and other cities across the country, have taken to the streets in thousands to protest the election of a right-wing government and the re-election of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Orbán has won his third consecutive term (fourth overall) and protests come despite his tightening grip on state […]

The Rise Of Plastic Waste Is Killing Marine Life, Our Oceans, And Our Planet’s Future

After performing an autopsy on a young sperm whale that washed onto Spanish shores in February, scientists have confirmed that the whale likely died after consuming too much plastic waste and other rubbish that prohibited digestion and caused inflammation, urgently highlighting the devastating effect human trash is having on the […]