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Plan International UK charity reveals child sex abuse cases

A children’s aid charity has confirmed six cases of sexual abuse and child exploitation by staff or associates. Plan International UK said five of the cases, which took place between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017, were reported to authorities in the countries involved. On Friday it pledged – alongside 21 other organisations – to do more to protect those they were set up to help. Plan International UK said it was “truly sorry”, adding that the cases had not involved British staff. The child rights organisation provides aid…

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Charity boss Justin Forsyth resigns from Unicef

Ex-Save the Children chief executive Justin Forsyth has resigned from Unicef as he says he does not want coverage of his past to “damage” the charities. Mr Forsyth faced three complaints of inappropriate behaviour towards female staff before leaving Save the Children, the BBC reported this week. He was accused of sending inappropriate texts and commenting on what young female staff were wearing. He said he “apologised unreservedly” to the three workers at the time. Mr Forsyth said the reason for his resignation as Unicef’s deputy director was not because…

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Ovarian cancer: Persistent tummy bloating can be sign, charity warns

Only a third of women would see a doctor when they experience a major symptom of ovarian cancer, according to the charity Target Ovarian Cancer. When faced with persistent bloating, 34% of 1,142 women questioned by YouGov said they would visit their GP. Half said they would change their diet by doing things like cutting out gluten or eating probiotic yoghurts. The charity is concerned about the “alarmingly low rate of awareness” of bloating as a symptom of cancer. Previous research by the charity has shown that only one in…

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Charity watchdog to launch Oxfam inquiry

The Charity Commission is to begin an investigation into Oxfam’s handling of a sex scandal in which staff hired prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. The watchdog has concerns the charity may not have “full and frankly disclosed material details”. It comes after Oxfam’s deputy chief executive Penny Lawrence quit over the charity’s response to the revelations. And a whistleblower said an Oxfam aid worker was accused of coercing a woman to have sex “in exchange for aid”. Whistleblower Helen Evans, who worked as Oxfam’s global head of safeguarding between 2012…

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Oxfam Haiti sex claims: Charity to meet government

Media playback is unsupported on your device Senior Oxfam managers will meet the international development secretary later as the charity deals with a fallout from claims of sexual misconduct by its aid workers. Penny Mordaunt will hear more about allegations staff used prostitutes in Haiti in 2011. She has said it must account for the way it handled the claims or it risks losing government funding. Oxfam has denied any cover-up of the allegations. Its own investigation led to four people being sacked and three others resigning, including the country…

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Oxfam Haiti prostitute claims: Charity did not give watchdog 'full details'

Oxfam did not give the Charity Commission full details about the use of prostitutes by some aid workers in Haiti in 2011, the watchdog says. The charity did tell the regulator it was investigating inappropriate sexual behaviour, bullying, harassment and staff intimidation. The Charity Commission took no further action but says it would have acted differently had it known all the facts. Oxfam, which sacked four workers and let three resign, denies any cover up. The Department for International Development, which gave Oxfam nearly £32m last year, is now reviewing…

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Rihanna tweets Malcolm Turnbull to pledge $200m to Julia Gillard's education charity

Rihanna has tweeted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop, calling for them to pledge $ 200 million to an education charity chaired by former prime minister Julia Gillard. The Work singer, who has been a spokesperson for the global charity since September 2016, called on the Australian government to donate to the Global Partnership for Education, an multilateral organisation that aims to improve access to education in the world’s most disadvantaged countries. Global Citizen founder Hugh Evans, Rihanna and Julia Gillard at the Global Citizen…

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