Posts Tagged: community

Strength in unity

Helen Keller once said, ‘alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.’  Indeed, to make the greatest possible difference in society, organisations must ensure that they are collaborating, not just through formal agreements, but in everyday life and practice.  It makes perfect sense, as in all aspects of a market economy, …

Women, Islam and Support Services

During the past few weeks I have heard some shocking stories about a few women from the Muslim community who are encountering different forms of domestic, violent and sexual abuse.  When I have told those in touch with these women to encourage them to seek advice and help from non-profit organisations and also the police …

Congratulations to our founder Rafaat Mughal on her OBE!

Congratulations to our founder Rafaat Mughal on her OBE!

Rafaat has spent her entire life dedicated to the cause of empowering and educating women from BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) and disadvantaged backgrounds. In 1989, after an already distinguished and varied career as a teacher, presenter, researcher and politician, Rafaat founded JAN Trust to provide education and support to grassroots disadvantaged women. …

We do not have to be a monolith to get along

The idea that we as human beings must reject our differences and solely focus on that which makes us similar is one that is becoming increasingly common today. Although it may sound like a very nice idea and good in theory, it carries many underlying problems. When we tell a person that they should not …

Me & My Hijaab Coffee Mornings

On the last Sunday morning of every month in a cosy setting in Lewisham, South London; you will find a group of women happily chatting away about anything and everything from interesting news segments to TOWIE while enjoying their morning coffees, teas and full English breakfasts.  These group of women, from various different backgrounds and …

Rise in Anti-Muslim hate crime

Rise in Anti-Muslim hate crime

Whilst the Woolwich attacks were devastatingly shocking and many of us responded with huge amounts of sympathy for the victim and his family, others chose to respond to it with what was described as a tenfold increase of Islamophobic attacks on Muslims. In response to the attack, many members from the English Defence League took …

Hornsey School for Girls Action Day

On Friday 28th June we again visited the Hornsey School for Girls; we were invited to support the launch of their Early & Forced Marriage Launch Event, organised by Year 10 students as part of their GCSE coursework. We had worked with the students before; we delivered our outreach workshops when they were starting their …

Don’t Tolerate Hate

You are getting of the bus, and as you are leaving the bus another passenger proclaims at the top of his voice ‘this is my f****ing country, I can do what I want’. Like me, at first you may be confused. Is this verbal abuse directed at you or someone else? What happened to cause …

Diabetes and South Asians

“People with South Asian roots are up to six times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to their white European counterparts.” This is a widely cited statistic when discussing health inequalities amongst BAMER communities in the UK. It is an alarming figure: and many studies have been looking into why this is the …