Holly Barsham

About Holly Barsham

I am a final year undergraduate studying Social Anthropology and Politics at the University of Edinburgh.

On The International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia And Transphobia, UN Calls For Unity

May 17th is recognised globally as the ‘International Day Against Homophobia, Biophobia and Transphobia’ (IDAHOT). This year marks the 15th annual celebration; the first time it was celebrated was in 2005. The date of May 17th itself is significant; it commemorates the 1990 decision of the WHO to declassify homosexuality […]

The Crisis Of Global Supply Chains: Will Coronavirus Re-shape The Global Workforce?

The COVID-19 pandemic is upending politics worldwide. Global economic activity has slowed to a crawl, causing markets to crumble as millions are made unemployed. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), the pandemic will cut working hours by almost 7% worldwide in the second quarter of 2020 alone. Even optimistic […]

A Candle In The Dark: Last Ebola Patient In DRC Discharged

Despite the rising panic stemming from the coronavirus, the World Health Organisation (WHO) achieved a small yet momentous victory this week: The discharge of Masika Semida from an Ebola treatment centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the last person to be diagnosed with Ebola from the August 2018 […]

Competing For Urgency: Coronavirus And Climate Change 

Coronavirus is dominating headlines worldwide, having caused over 100,000 infections and 3,500 deaths so far. The stock market has taken a plunge, with the S&P Index falling 12% since mid-February, eliminating roughly $3 trillion in wealth. No signs indicate its impacts will lessen anytime soon. Meanwhile, governments worldwide are grappling […]

Togolese Election: President Expects To Extend His Family’s 53-Year Rule

On Saturday 22nd February, the Togolese people went to the polls for the first round of their Presidential elections, but few predict the results to be a surprise. This round will see the 15-year incumbent, Faure Gnassingbé, face off against six opposition candidates. In a new election format introduced in […]

Goals and Gaps for Africa in 2020: The African Union’s 33rd Annual Summit

On the 9th and 10th of February, the African Union (AU) met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for their 33rd annual summit. This summit’s theme was “Silencing of the Guns”, acknowledging the range of devastating civil wars still terrorizing millions of civilians across the continent. The summit saw leaders of the […]