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Sajda Mughal OBE: Campaigner of the Year 2018!

Sajda Mughal OBE: Campaigner of the Year 2018!

On Thursday night, I attended the Heathrow Airport’s European Diversity Awards 2018 awards ceremony where JAN Trust and I were both nominated in the categories of ‘Community Project of the Year’ and ‘Campaigner of the Year’.   I was thrilled that we were even be shortlisted from 60,000 nominations as this renowned awards ceremony aims …

Misogyny to be considered a hate crime – what is your opinion?

Misogyny could start being considered a hate crime, as authorities have announced a wide-raging review of the current legislation on this topic. If you did not already know, hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are, and they are penalised under British law. In 2017-2018, there were 94,098 hate crimes recorded by the …

Representation and responsibility: Film and TV writers need to acknowledge their influence and use it wisely

Embed from Getty Images Not all film and television writers claim to be trying to alleviate social injustice with their stories or use their creativity as a catalyst for social change. Some may write personal stories, or stories that are completely fictitious or designed as pure, light-hearted entertainment. However, it would be burying your head …

Why is feminism essential?

Although there is still much progress to be made in British society concerning women’s rights, it’s easy to be blinkered to the fact that around the globe, Feminism is manifested differently in different cultures. In Argentina, it’s reproductive rights, with 500,000 illegal abortions carried out every year and women pushing for a bill to be pushed …

What is Another Way Forward?

What is Another Way Forward?

By now, we are sure that you have heard of our project Another Way Forward: Empowering Young Women against Extremism. This is a project, run by JAN Trust, that has been kindly been supported by the Institute of Strategic Dialogue (ISD), and Google.org. ISD works to empower new generations against extremism, something that we at JAN …

A call to break away from forced marriage

“I will not be a victim for my parents’ honour and reputation. I will not live in shame. I am now free.” The right to choose who you marry, when you marry and if you marry is a fundamental human right which needs to be safeguarded under all circumstances. Forcing someone to marry is illegal in …

JAN Trust’s impact on countering extremism

JAN Trust has paved the way for the role of women to be taken seriously in society, and especially when it comes to countering extremism. We have recognised the importance of women in protecting their children from online radicalisation and extremism since 2010. Our work with women began 30 years ago in 1989 when our …