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“Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors”: why children’s books need greater BAME representation

“Mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors”: why children’s books need greater BAME representation

Representation not only means that children can see themselves in their favourite stories, but teaches them to understand lives and experiences beyond their own. Over the past year, debates surrounding issues like police brutality and colonial-era statues, as well as the healthcare inequalities that have been exposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, have contributed towards a …

Are social media giants truly not taking a stance?

Are social media giants truly not taking a stance?

For the past couple of years, social media, their encryption laws, and illicit and defamatory content have been a subject of conversation. With Facebook’s very close scrutiny to scandals surrounding Telegram and its role in the 6th of January coup, this blog will assess how, by allowing certain content on their platforms, social media giants …

In Memoriam: Rafaat Mughal OBE

In Memoriam: Rafaat Mughal OBE

Founder, matriarch, trailblazer, advocate. We are devastated to announce that Rafaat Mughal OBE, JAN Trust’s founder and a woman who educated, empowered, and encouraged women in her own right, passed away on Saturday 10th April 2021. During the course of her life, she was a matriarch, politician, teacher, and researcher, but we remember her most …

Islamophobia: a gendered crisis

Islamophobia: a gendered crisis

Muslim women are disproportionately targeted by Islamophobic sentiment and hate. We must dismantle the false stereotypes of the female Muslim identity in order to tackle this gendered crisis. Muslim women face discrimination and prejudice at the intersection of gender, race, ethnicity, and religion. Islamophobia is experienced and targeted at both men and women, however, it …

How can data be weaponised to target marginalised groups?

How can data be weaponised to target marginalised groups?

Data can portray a false narrative when taken out of context. Its use and abuse can lead to adverse implications for wider society. Society is increasingly using data to influence policy decisions and people’s lives. Particularly during the pandemic, the UK public has been constantly fed the narrative that the government’s response to the Covid-19 …

Environmental racism – What is it and why should we care?

Environmental racism – What is it and why should we care?

The climate crisis threatens everyone’s right to a safe and clean environment, but people from BAME communities are already suffering from pollution disproportionately.   What is environmental injustice? Alike many other discriminatory policies implemented by governments, environmental policies reflect existing power structures and entrench inequity in society. In the words of Mustafa Ali, former head …

What is Misogynoir?

What is Misogynoir?

The intersectional oppression and devaluation of Black women in society. This blog explores the term’s origins, significance, and its implications for Black women in society. Moya Bailey coined the term ‘misogynoir’ in 2008, which alludes to the anti-Black and misogynistic racism that Black women experience, particularly in popular media and culture. The framing of misogynoir …

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

The transformation of low-income neighbourhoods to trendy, more upmarket versions of their past selves often comes at an unfair cost for the communities who have resided there for decades.   What is gentrification? Gentrification can be defined as the transformation of an area to a middle-class neighbourhood leading to displacement of the original predominantly working-class …

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Narratives blaming minorities for spreading Covid-19 are not new — instead, they reflect a wider pattern of scapegoating

Blaming marginalised communities for society’s problems deflects attention away from where it is needed. The Covid-19 pandemic has birthed a dangerous cocktail of anxiety, conspiracy theories, and racism. The UK witnessed a sharp rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in the pandemic’s initial stages, in direct response to narratives describing Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus”. Fake …