Global campaigner and author Sarah Brown chats with people who've had a positive influence on the world around them, and unearths the lessons to help us do the same. Find out how to develop the better angel inside yourself. Featuring stories from globally renowned campaigners, Nobel Prize winners, celebrities, politicians and remarkable young people, Better Angels with Sarah Brown champions the activist spirit.
Executive Producers: Ben Hewitt & Lolita Laguna
Music: Pete Lyons
Photo: Brian Aris
Studio: People's Postcode Lottery studio in Edinburgh
International Women's Day 2021 Special #2: Live from Theirworld's virtual event
In this episode, we hear some highlights from Theirworld's International Women's Day event and speak with some of the event's attendees about girls’ education and gender equality
Theirworld hosted its 7th annual International Women’s Day event on Thursday 4 March - but went virtual for the first time ever, due to Covid-19.
Covid-19 has put the issue of girls’ education firmly in the spotlight. Now more than ever, it’s important that we come together to hear from those who are campaigning to break down the barriers facing girls and discuss how we can act to unlock big change in the coming year.
Hear from inspiring women, including Maysa Jalbout, Global Business Coalition for Education Advisory Member. Hiba Zakka al-Jamal, Head of SKILD ; Zarlasht Halaimzai, Director and Co-Founder of RTI. And Unlock Big Change Award winner - Theo Sowa, Former CEO of The African Women's Development Fund. As well as Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Barrister and Director of the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute. Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, Activist campaigner and founder Karma Nirvana. Tamara Box, Managing Partner, Europe and Middle East, and Senior Management Team, Reed Smith. Lorraine Candy, Journalist, Podcaster and parenting Author. Lorriann Robinson, Founder and Director, The Advocacy Team. Angela Saini, science journalist and author.
IWD Special #1: Youth Activism
In this episode, Jamira Burley talks to Simbiat Oladoja and Bushra Farooq, two remarkable young women who are doing incredible work on the ground to open up education to the next generation of female leaders.
Together we explore what the global recovery should look like, and why girls’ education needs to be front and centre.
Educating girls creates not only greater equality for women but fairer, healthier and wealthier societies with benefits for everyone.
UN Special #12: Rangina Hamidi Interview
Rangina Hamidi, the Minister of Education in Afghanistan, talks to Sarah Brown about growing up as a child refugee in Pakistan.
She says she was faced with threats of acid attacks just because she went to school.
Her parents decided to flee to America to enable her and her sister to have an education.
She says the struggles she faced as a child made her determined to fight against the injustices in the world.
UN Special #11: Sanda Ojiambo Interview
Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, talks to Sarah Brown about how businesses can take positive action to address some of the world's biggest challenges.
Talking about climate change, she says that businesses have a choice: they can grow in a "GDP-led way" or follow "a green model of growth".
"If [these decisions] are made correctly, we can avert what looks like a very bleak future in terms of climate," she says.
She says that the Covid-19 pandemic has presented businesses and the United Nations with “a point of reflection” and an opportunity to reevaluate their priorities.
UN Special #10: Danielle Green Interview
Danielle Green, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from the United Kingdom, speaks to Sarah Brown about the importance of children receiving a good quality education.
Danielle says: “It really matters that children have not just an education or appear in an educational space, but that what they're being taught is really, really relevant and important.”
She tells Sarah that a good quality education helps children “take charge of their own destiny.”
UN Special #9: Palak Sharma Interview
Palak Sharma, a Theirworld Global Youth Ambassador from India, talks to Sarah Brown about the challenges facing the education system in her country.
She says that if the country is serious about advancing education for children, they must address issues around sanitation at the same time.
“The important task right now is to ensure that these two goals of education and sanitisation start working together in collaboration," she says.
Inspirational and practical
This podcast brings together an eclectic group of people making change in the world. It's inspirational yet at the same time practical, showing all of us how we can make the world a better place one action at a time. It restores faith in humanity and a sense of common purpose for good. A must-listen on your next subway or bus line – or during a stroll through the park. Five stars!