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Vanessa Baird

Vanessa Baird lived and worked as a journalist in Peru during the tumultuous mid-1980s, and she maintains a passionate interest in South America. She joined New Internationalist as a co-editor in 1986 and since then has written on everything from migration, money, religion and equality to indigenous activism, climate change, feminism and global LGBT rights. She also edits the Mixed Media, arts and culture section of the magazine.

Vanessa’s books include The No-Nonsense Guide to World Population (2011), Sex, Love and Homophobia (2004), The Little Book of Big Ideas (2009) and, People First Economics (2010). In 2012 she won a prestigious Amnesty International Human Rights Media award.

Vanessa Baird is known as @VanessaBNI on Twitter

Articles by Vanessa Baird

Celebrations in Washington D.C. after Joe Biden  ​is announced as the winner of the US presidential elections, 2020. Credit: Victoria Pickering /Flickr
Let’s enjoy Trump’s defeat, writes Vanessa Baird. But with realism and greater ambition.
In Kibera, Nairobi, Martha Apisa and Stacy Ayuma use their braids to raise awareness of the virus by imitating its shape. Community health efforts are intense as social distancing is impossible and sanitation is poor in Kenya’s largest slum.  Donwilson Odhiambo/Sopa/Zuma/Alamy 
How can we transform the calamity that has befallen us and create healing? Vanessa Baird on the change we can be.
The face of Abdullah Öcalan frequently appears on banners at pro-Kurdish demonstrations around the world,  ​like this one in Berlin. Jan Scheunert/Zuma/Alamy
How did a once hardcore Marxist-Leninist and nationalist guerrilla leader come to develop a politics of participatory democracy...
Get out! Young Kurds confront a Turkish military vehicle on patrol in northern Syria after Turkey's invasion. Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty
Under the cover of Covid-19, Turkey is hammering the Kurds. Again. Should the world care? Vanessa Baird offers several good...
Illustration by Andy Carter
Vanessa Baird looks at what gender parity can do.
Credit: Jason Strull/Unsplash
Vanessa Baird makes the case for being true to our brains.
A family uses tarps taken from a refugee camp to get shelter from the sun, with bricks for rebuilding their homes all around them in the PK5 neighborhood of Bangui, Central African Republic, a nation with just three ventilators. Feb. 2017. (Z. Baddorf/VOA)
Competition and chauvinism kills. We must save lives with international action and solidarity, urges Vanessa Baird
New Internationalist
As we enter another week of remote working, our thoughts are with you – our readers and contributors.
Low-paid workers and those in the gig economy are, by the nature of their work, the least able to ‘socially distance’ themselves and may also,  due to the precarious nature of their employment feel compelled to work when unwell. Credit: WikiCommons
Action – and inaction – on coronavirus is an equality issue, locally and internationally, writes Vanessa Baird.
Credit: Roman Kraft/Unsplash
How do we get news that is true – and in the public interest – to the places it does not reach, asks Vanessa Baird? 
Residents hold signs during a protest against Las Bambas mine in Apurimac, where Virginia Pinares also fights
Indigenous human-rights defender Virginia Pinares talks to Vanessa Baird about mining in Peru and why she needs to enter...
Car drivers in Bogotá, Colombia, spent 271 hours in traffic jams during 2018, in Dublin 246 hours and in London 227 hours, according to global traffic data cruncher INREX
Vanessa Baird on how to turn a toxic bane into a liberating blessing.

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