Ctrl.Alt.Shift is a new youth initiative from Christian Aid which aims to be an interactive community of young people who are active in the fight against global injustice and poverty. Members can upload their own content to the site and the emphasis is on encouraging people to be proactive.
Ctrl.Alt.Shift produces a well-designed magazine which is distributed free through clubs and shops. The most recent edition is on Gender and Power and you can download it here. The editorial begins, 'Millions of people all over the world are downtrodden, victimised and taken advantage of - we all know that. But which group of people do you reckon are the most discriminated against? Is it people with the 'wrong' colour skin? Or people born in the 'wrong' class? Actually it's people who are the 'wrong' sex. Women are the world's poorest, most marginalised and discriminated against people on the planet.' With articles on girl power in Iran, female genital mutilation and the 50 million missing women in India, it's not an easy read but I think it's an important one. I liked this comment from Riz Ahmed in his column: 'We need to stop thinking of women's rights as something that just affects women. It stops everyone from reaching their full potential. If we can tackle the discrimination of women, we can reach society's economic potential, its self-sufficiency and its political reform. Until then we are limiting what we can be.'