Posts Tagged: COVID-19

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 …

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 …

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 …

International Women’s Day 2021: Choose to Challenge

International Women’s Day 2021: Choose to Challenge

This year’s International Women’s Day theme, #ChoosetoChallenge, reflects the current state of affairs with women having been put at strain throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. It highlights the efforts made by women and girls into shaping a more equalitarian future and recovering from the effects of the pandemic. The theme highlights a change in mindset, with …

Failure of the British Government to respond to the growing demand for school lunches is leaving children hungry

Failure of the British Government to respond to the growing demand for school lunches is leaving children hungry

Recent pictures surfacing on social media of frugal government-funded meals arose outrage notably with footballer Marcus Rashford. This poses a greater question of whether the government has made food scarcity a priority, especially after a rise in school lunch demand due to the impacts of the pandemic, such as a rise in unemployment and a …

Covid-19 has exposed domestic violence, not caused it

Covid-19 has exposed domestic violence, not caused it

Domestic abuse has risen dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic and has been the cause of numerous headlines. It has highlighted the need for reform, addressed by a revised Domestic Abuse Bill currently under debate. Will these changes be substantial enough? Covid-19 and the subsequent stay-at-home orders have had dramatic impacts on the security …