Helen Hector

Helen Hector
Helen is currently the Digital Content Manager at ONE International. Previously, she worked at ActionAid UK as Youth Engagement Officer, and for the EQUALS coalition as Project Manager.

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21 things only activists will understand

21 things only activists will understand

1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you 2. When someone thinks they know all about an issue because they saw a Leo DiCaprio movie 3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Wal-mart 4. When you are about to go street campaigning 5. How…...
FGM and early marriage: How you can help end it

FGM and early marriage: How you can help end it

A few years ago I met the bravest 16-year-old girl I think I will ever know. Her name was Tegla, and she lived in West Pokot – a remote and extremely poor area of northern Kenya where drought is common and life is hard. She had run away from her parents because they wanted her…...
Alternative World Cup: How Africa plays football

Alternative World Cup: How Africa plays football

If you live in Africa, or have ever spent time travelling on the continent, there is one thing you will have undoubtably seen: children playing football. If you pause to watch, you’ll probably be invited to join in. And if your enthusiasm doesn’t quite match your speed or skills (which it almost definitely wonR......
The 5 best 2014 World Cup goals so far

The 5 best 2014 World Cup goals so far

One week into the 2014 World Cup and there have been plenty of great goals scored already. At ONE we’ve been keeping an eye on the football, but have another really big goal we are focussed on: making sure every child around the world gets basic, life saving vaccines. So in a shameless attempt to…...
It’s time to stand #WithSyria

It’s time to stand #WithSyria

More than 100,000 people have been killed, at least 10,000 of them children. 2.4 million Syrians have fled the country, while 4 million are internally displaced. But 250,000 people are still living in areas under siege, their lives continually at risk. All together, 9.3 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
3 Things you can do to help #endFGM

3 Things you can do to help #endFGM

Today is the International Day of Zero Tolerance on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The practice is widely recognized as a violation of human rights and is illegal in many countries. Yet more than 125 million women have experienced FGM worldwide. Take action today to end it.
VIDEO: #NekNomination craze turns into social good

VIDEO: #NekNomination craze turns into social good

Brent from South Africa turns a viral drinking game into a viral idea for doing social good. His call to action ‘Change one thing – change everything’ is now catching fire. Watch his video - then see how you can get involved in the #neknominations!
Bill & Melinda Gates: 3 Big poverty myths – busted!

Bill & Melinda Gates: 3 Big poverty myths – busted!

Photo credit: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, Bill & Melinda Gates publish their 2014 Annual Letter, which takes a look at three big myths about global poverty that are holding back progress. If you’ve ever watched a discussion about extreme poverty on TV, or had a heated debate with friends and family, yo......
Try our new online game for New Year’s

Try our new online game for New Year’s

I never make New Year’s resolutions. At the end of every year it starts – diets, gym membership, no mid-week drinking – and I ignore it all.  It’s partly because I like doing the opposite of whatever glossy magazines and talk shows tell me to do, but also because I know they will all be…...
VIDEO: Mandela’s speech on poverty that inspired a generation

VIDEO: Mandela’s speech on poverty that inspired a generation

Today, millions of people around the world are reflecting on the life and achievements of an extraordinary man. Nelson Mandela’s determination to see every South African treated equally, regardless of race, was echoed by a broader belief that extreme poverty is a global injustice no one should have to endure. Eight years ag...
Infographic: 29 Ways to be a better activist

Infographic: 29 Ways to be a better activist

As today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, we thought it was a great opportunity to ask ONE members their best advice for activists working towards this goal.  So we posted a question on our Facebook page.  And 287 of you replied. Now our creative team at ONE are good, but even they couldn’t turn tha......
3 Vines that celebrate the right to health on Blog Action Day

3 Vines that celebrate the right to health on Blog Action Day

Do you think of health care as a right or a privilege? Health care systems and standards are different in almost every country around the world, and it’s often an issue we debate passionately. From the US health care debate, to the dismantling of the National Health System in the UK, to the availability of HIV treatment in ...
Bill Gates has a dream. And it has a deadline.

Bill Gates has a dream. And it has a deadline.

Bill and Melinda Gates are long-time supporters of the Millennium Development Goals. In a new interactive blog, Bill explains how they came to love these eight poverty-busting goals and looks at the progress that has been made so far. Here at ONE we’re also following this progress closely. Our 2013 DATA Report, “......
Back to school: 5 books about Africa you should be reading

Back to school: 5 books about Africa you should be reading

For many people around the world, the summer break is coming to an end and children are heading back to school.  I can still remember that sinking feeling during the final few days of freedom, the thought of being back in a classroom all day only slightly offset by a cool new pencil case and…...