Cater's Choice

Nick Cater casts his eye over this week's top sector-related morsels.

Nick Cater
Nick Cater

TV

Channel 4's Unreported World on Friday 22 February comes from Nicaragua, where reporter Kate Seelye investigates the impact of the government's total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest or life-threatening conditions.

She finds that the ban, the result of a deal to win former Sandinista rebel leader Daniel Ortega the backing of the powerful Catholic and evangelical churches for his presidential election, has led to more back-street abortions, and claims that women are dying as a result.

Events

Make Participation Work takes place today in London to launch Listen and Change, a guide to young people's participation and rights. See www.makeparticipationwork.eventbrite.com. On 26 February, South Tyneside has a Hear by Right workshop - see www.nya.org.uk - and Exeter hosts How to Involve Children and Young People in Decision-making: call 01392 384723. Today the Development Trust Association is holding a workshop on Advancing Asset Transfer in Bury St Edmunds (Birmingham on 5 March, Exeter on 12 March).See www.dta.org.uk.

Book

New Zealand Nurse Lisa French-Blaker, author of the book Heart of Darfur about her spell in Sudan with Medecins Sans Frontieres, will speak at events coinciding with its publication tomorrow (21 February) by Hodder & Stoughton. These include a free talk on 22 February at 6.30pm at Birkbeck College. Email nzsociety@nzsociety.co.uk with Lisa Blaker in the subject line.

Grants

Poverty is the theme of the latest Rowntree Foundation calls for proposals, including 'identifying success in building public support for poverty eradication', 'participation in the media: people with experience of poverty' (both £55k, deadline 21 February) and 'attitudes to economic inequality in the UK' (£80k, 25 February). And the Fabian Society and Webb Memorial Trust's latest research project is Fighting Poverty and Inequality in an Age of Affluence. See www.fabians.org.uk.

PS: Perhaps Five's new daily series of Mr Men cartoons on 25 February could reflect the third sector: Mr Volunteer and Little Miss Giving. Or should that be Mr Chugger and Little Miss Mailshot-Pen? Any thoughts?

- Contact Nick Cater at catercharity@yahoo.co.uk.

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