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When we think of armed forces and the military, some of us are inclined to think that armies are ruthless individuals deployed during times of conflict to “protect” civilians. Others are reminded that armies are beacons of hope and restoration, salvaging war zones as peacekeepers. What is most interesting and often forgotten is that many… Continue reading Military motivation: the unspoken international humanitarian peacekeepers
Grooming gangs sadly are very much a prominent feature in today’s society, worldwide. In the UK, The Independent found that children in care are at a greater risk from “unjustified” lax rules during the coronavirus pandemic, reporting that the local authorities have failed youth and have bypassed public scrutiny. The UK’s children’s commissioner, Anne Longfield,… Continue reading Grooming gangs: ganging up on fundamental rights
In 2018, the Home Office reported that the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) advised and supported a potential 1,507 cases of forced marriage. (Forced Marriage Unit Statistics 2018, Home Office, 2018). Between 2011 and 2017, the FMU provided support in an average of 1,338 cases per year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that 39,000 child… Continue reading Forced marriages and forfeiture of matrimonial bliss
Breast ironing: the act of flattening a young woman’s breasts by pounding and massaging breasts with the use of hard or heated objects, in an attempt to hinder development or even make breasts disappear. Breast ironing: a violation of a pubescent girl’s body and rights. Global Citizen report that this practice, commonly occurring across Africa,… Continue reading Breast Ironing: ironing out temptations?
In 2016, a new social campaign celebrated darker skin tones, embracing all shades of skin in a bid to combat colourism. As a young South Asian woman, I am no stranger to the atrociously absurd connotations colourism breeds in communities worldwide. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so they say, but communities… Continue reading #UnfairAndLovely
Five years ago in 2015, Yemen saw a second civil war ripple through the country. The Yemeni civil war continues to date. Yemen has been devastated by a war between Saudi Arabia backed pro-government forces, in conflict with the rebel Houthi movement. 2020: Yemen is publicly acknowledged by Unicef as the largest humanitarian crisis in… Continue reading Yemen’s youth yearns
What happened to Jayaraj, 58, and his son Bennix Fenix, 31, truly haunts me. It irks me that at present, their story remains very much a South Indian issue; when in fact, it highlights the sheer effects of police brutality in yet another country of our globe. There has been widespread outrage over the alleged… Continue reading Fenix and Jayaraj: not just a South Indian issue
LGBTQ+ Pride: “the promotion of the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people as a social group“. Pride: proud to enjoy love unequivocally and without restraints of the social stigma that being “gay” still carries with it. Love is love: so why are we denying one of such a fundamental human right?… Continue reading Pride and prejudice
On World Refugee Day, 20th June 2020, we celebrated the strength of over 26 million refugees worldwide. UN Peacekeeping reports that every minute, 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. By the end of 2019, it was found that nearly 79.5 million people were displaced over the year. This information was… Continue reading World Refugee Day: seeking refuge and comfort
22nd June 2020: it may seem like another average Monday during the lockdown pandemic of Coronavirus, but today is in fact of upmost importance. Today commemorates the Windrush Generation and their legacy, celebrated since 2018. To me, this beckons the question why the Windrush Generation are only being celebrated now when they were treated quite… Continue reading The Windrush Scandal
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