Rachel Pott

Rachel Pott

Rachel Pott is a writer, teacher and human rights advocate from Peterborough, Canada.

A Portable, Solar-Powered, 15-Minute Ebola Test

  This article is part three of our ongoing series covering innovations in the fight against Ebola. For more in this series, click here.   Fifteen minutes. The time it takes you to go through your emails. The ideal length of a power nap. The time required for an Ebola diagnosis? A 15 minute point-of-care diagnostic test is being trialled at the …

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IACC Series, Transparency International, Part 2: Countering Moldovan Corruption with Citizen Engagement

Buying a new home is a process fraught with stress, from finding the right property to the substantial financial investment. In Moldova, however, an additional concern has buyers distraught – the threat that the building construction company will disappear, taking their life savings with them.

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Bringing Science Labs to the Students

  Today marks the 13th annual World Science Day for Peace and Development. The focus of this UN day is to renew scientific commitments to peace and development and to show citizens the extent to which science is relevant in our daily lives. It is an opportunity for international discussions and a venue for innovation, stressing “the responsible use of …

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Clean, Safe Water for All

Across Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, a small blue plastic box is helping millions to have longer, healthier and more productive lives. The simple yet ingenious innovation is a water purifying chlorine dispenser that is installed next to communal water sources. Dispensers for Safe Water is providing access to clean and safe water to over 2.6 million people, with dispensers at 10,000 water points.

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For a World Free from Slavery

It is a shock to many to discover that slavery is not only thriving criminal enterprise, but that it is the third most profitable, bringing in US$ 150 billion per year. To turn a profit, people are controlled and exploited through forced marriages, forced labour, sex slavery, bonded labour, domestic servitude, and as child soldiers. Yet, its extent remains outside of the public consciousness. In Canada, for example, as little as 5% of the population is aware of the continued practice of slavery.

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HeForShe – Gender Inequality as a Human Rights Issue

It is often the most well-known ideas that need an innovative approach. In recent years, feminism has received its fair share of criticism and negative press. Critiques have ranged from the negative interpretations and appropriations of the movement to questions as to whether it remains relevant and useful in our modern age. Yet, no matter how you may view feminism, …

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