Tess Gellert


About Tess Gellert

Tess is an undergraduate student at the University of British Columbia studying media studies and political science. She is a senior correspondent with OWP and is also the deputy advisor for the Climate Change/Environmental Conflict Crisis Index page. She is passionate about international relations, humanitarian issues, social justice, and peaceful resolution to conflict.

Rise In Sexual Gender-Based Violence In Namibia Sparks Anti-Femicide Protests

Hundreds of protesters have taken to the streets of the Namibian cities of Windhoek, Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo after the authorities discovered the remains of 20-year-old Shannon Wasserfall who went missing in April 2020, Al Jazeera reports. The demonstrators are expressing outrage and demanding political action against the rise of […]


Mali Announces New Government Following August Coup

On October 5th, Mali announced that a new government has been formed—composed mainly of military officials—after a coup in August 2020 deposed former President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, according to Reuters. Retired colonel Bah Ndaw has been announced as interim president and colonel Assimi Goita, who led August’s coup, will serve […]


New Round Of Protests Erupt In Venezuela As Public Services Fail

A new round of protests has swept across Venezuela as people become increasingly discontent over fuel shortages and consistent failure of public services, according to Reuters. The Venezuelan Observatory of Social Conflict in Caracas reports that over 100 protests have taken place across the country since the weekend of September […]


Lack Of Funding Causes U.N. To Cut Critical Aid To Yemen

On 23 September, the United Nations said that critical aid to Yemen was cut at nearly 300 health centers across the country due to a lack of funding, according to Al Jazeera. This comes as Yemen experiences the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, with over 24 million people comprising […]


Floods And Food Shortages Threaten To Push Nigeria Into A Food Crisis

Nigeria is currently dealing with twin crises, record-breaking flooding, and a food shortage. According to Reuters, this is threatening to push Africa’s most populous country into a devastating food crisis. In 2020, Nigeria has dealt with destructive floods that have killed at least 40 and have displaced over 15,000 people. […]


Russian Opposition Leader Has Come Out Of Coma, Berlin Hospital Says

Russian opposition leader and Putin critic Alexei Navalny has come out of a medically induced coma and is responsive at Charité Hospital in Berlin, according to Reuters. Charité Hospital said in a statement that Navalny “is being weaned off mechanical ventilation” and “is responding to verbal stimuli,” but that “it […]


How The Oil Spill In Mauritius Exposes The World’s Unpreparedness For Climate Change

After a massive oil spill off the coast of Mauritius in early August 2020 and the subsequent mysterious deaths of 39 dolphins in coastal waters, citizens in the Mauritian capital of Port Louis are protesting the government’s handling of the situation, according to BBC. It is the largest protest the […]


China Welcomes Putin’s Proposed Summit On Iran

China has welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s proposed summit of world leaders to avoid conflict over the U.S.’s attempt to push for the return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran, according to Al Jazeera. This news comes after the U.S. lost a bid on Friday, August 14 to extend a […]


North Korea Has “Probably” Developed Nuclear Devices To Fit Ballistic Missiles, U.N. Report Says

According to a confidential U.N. report obtained by Reuters and submitted to the U.N. Security Council North Korea sanctions committee on August 3rd, 2020, several countries believe that North Korea is continuing with its program to develop nuclear weapons. As reported by Reuters, North Korea has “probably developed miniaturized nuclear […]


Hong Kong Demands Taiwan Officials Sign “One China” Document For Visa Renewal

On Thursday, Taiwanese officials residing in Hong Kong were told that they would not have their visas renewed unless they agree to sign a document supporting China’s territorial claim over Taiwan under its “one China” policy. According to Reuters, this comes after China’s passage and implementation of the new Hong […]