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The Power of Diverse Representation in Politics

The Power of Diverse Representation in Politics

Why is it so important to have visible politicians from diverse backgrounds that are representative of the general population?  Much is made of debates on whether a politician looking like a particular group means that he or she will necessarily represent that group’s interests. Whilst it is true that no group is completely homogenous and …

How to mentally deal with lockdown 3.0

How to mentally deal with lockdown 3.0

The UK entered its first lockdown on 23rd March 2020. Heavy restrictions were put in place to ensure UK citizens’ safety, with such lockdown rules as all non-essential shops being closed.   A second lockdown was confirmed on 31st October 2020, with the UK entering lockdown on 5th November 2020. The lockdown ended on 2nd December.  …

Forced marriage is already a “hidden crime” – now the pandemic is making it even more invisible

Forced marriage is already a “hidden crime” – now the pandemic is making it even more invisible

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on safeguarding measures and specialist charities is limiting the support available to girls at risk of forced marriage.   Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations have raised concerns over the impact of ‘stay at home’ orders on women suffering domestic abuse and the need to ensure access to …

How the pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health

How the pandemic has highlighted the importance of mental health

The pandemic has prevented thousands of people from accessing mental health services.    The UK government introduced lockdown measures for the first time on the 23rd March 2020. The government advised that people remain inside, and only come out for essential shopping and one form of exercise, which meant that families must stay inside, until the …

Online Harms Bill

Online Harms Bill

Internet regulation is needed but the Government must commit to protecting young people online.  The internet forms an integral part of people’s lives. In the UK, 99% of 12 to 15–year–olds are online. With social life, entertainment and online shopping all accessed via the internet, being online has become crucial. With the COVID-19 lockdown, even …

Cultural appropriation vs appreciation – What is the difference?

Cultural appropriation vs appreciation – What is the difference?

Cultural appropriation turns years of culture into a trend overnight.  Over the years there have been large debates over what constitutes as cultural appropriation. Cultural appropriation is where a group’s customs and traditions are inappropriately adopted or unacknowledged by a dominant group. Marginalised groups in society have had their cultures ripped off for years. From …