Loneliness is an obstacle to achieving sustainable development

Involuntary loneliness is as big a risk factor for dying prematurely as smoking - and a greater risk factor than overweight and physical inactivity, research shows.

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

Involuntary loneliness is something that affects many older people. At the same time, researchers are sounding the alarm about the global prevalence of loneliness and the link to increased health risks. Loneliness must be taken seriously if we are to achieve the global goals for sustainable development - where "Good health and well-being" is one of the goals.

August 23, 2019, Chronicle

The need for women's rights organizations is great

Between the town hall and Terres de Femme's premises, Peter Lenk's artwork 'Der Laubebrunnen' has been erected in the small German town of Konstanz. Photo: Pauline af Ekenstam.

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

Many of Europe's countries have been ranked high on the list of the world's best countries to live in as a woman, according to US News & World Report. Despite this, the need for women's rights organizations is great. FUF meets Erika Korn, one of the initiators of the German Terre des Femmes, who looks critically at Europe's political efforts for violence against women.

June 25, 2019, FUF-correspondents

Climate movement awakens sleepy German city

Demonstration in Konstanz, Germany.

In Konstanz, Germany, many have become involved in the climate movement Fridays for Future. Photo: Pauline af Ekenstam.

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

Fridays for Future, the climate movement started by Greta Thunberg, is spreading all over the world. The movement calls on politicians to stage responsible environmental and energy reforms, and in Konstanz the local initiative has aroused an otherwise sleepy city to great commitment.

April 29, 2019, FUF-correspondents

Collective initiatives for a culture of welcome: A Europe saying Yes to immigration

Manifestation to welcome refugees.

There are a lot of volunteers and NGOs working to welcome refugees all around Europe. Photo: Ilias Bartolini (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Pauline of Ekenstam

By including a wide variety of supporters of different professions, ethnicities, and political and religious convictions, the German campaign 'Save Me - A City Says Yes' manages to reach beyond the usual refugee advocates.

March 27, 2019, FUF-correspondents