Posts Tagged: Culture

One JAN Trust employee’s experience of Islamophobic hate speech

One of our employees was subject to anti-Islamic rhetoric whilst carrying out off-site research outside Westfield shopping centre in Stratford in March. Her story illustrates how normalised and ubiquitous anti-Islamic sentiment is and how much work still needs to be done to tackle Islamophobia in this country. Earlier this year, I was working on an …

Justice, the veil and a fair trial

The President of the UK Supreme court, Baroness Hale, has suggested that women giving evidence in court should not be able to hide their faces behind religious veils. However, does this position actually contribute to fairer trials or just deter women who choose to wear the veil from appearing in court at all? Embed from Getty Images During a …

Covered Up or Not

Islamophobia v Inclusion You wouldn’t be wrong to think that the UK today, is unquestionably at its most hostile in decades. The political climate is not ‘strong and stable’, with Brexit looming and poverty increasing, anger and scapegoating are rife. The turbulent nature of today’s society, along with more recent terrorist atrocities, has added to the …

Why is there a culture of shame when it comes to speaking out about harassment?

Countless women have come forward in the last few weeks accusing the Hollywood producer star, Harvey Weinstein, of sexual assault and rape; Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow being amongst them. The Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has claimed that these kinds of sexual harassment stories in the Hollywood industry are in fact “endemic” and that Weinstein is simply “the top …

Happy United Nations Day! JAN Trust Celebrates Over 70 years Of Global Support Of Women And Girls

To commemorate this day we’ve compiled some of the UN’s work in supporting women and girls this year. The United Nations has supported the rights of women since its founding charter.  Among its purposes it pledged to, “Achieve international co-operation…in promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, …

What Effect will Brexit have on Muslims in the UK?

The triggering of Article 50 on 29th of March which signalled the start of the two-year long process of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU has been met with hugely differing reactions. From those in the Leave camp who want the country’s national sovereignty restored, it is hard to remember a time in recent history …

The experience of immigrants in the UK must not be underestimated as anything other than a struggle

While immigrants have often experienced difficulties integrating into a new society, in the past few years in the UK they have experienced increasing problems as a direct result of anti-immigration rhetoric from political parties which have then influenced citizens and government. Even some immigrants who have been in the UK for two decades still struggle …

Muslim women are still more likely to be unemployed despite doing well in education

A report by the Social Mobility Commission, the ‘Ethnicity, Gender and Social Mobility’ report, has shown that Asian Muslim women, despite doing well in school, become socially immobile. This is due to many factors, including discrimination they face when looking for employment. The chairman of the commission, Alan Milburn, stated that the promise of social mobility is …