Posts Tagged: Diversity

“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 …

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 …

30 Years in the Community: Building a Relationship

JAN Trust has been around since 1989 and that means we’ve been able to build trust with local women, allowing us to tackle some of the most difficult and sensitive issues in society. 30 years ago, our founder Rafaat Mughal OBE recognised a need for a service to help marginalised women. Local women had been …

JAN Trust’s 2018 journey!

At the start of New Year, it is natural to reflect on and consider how the year has been. Needless to say 2018 has been an incredible and busy year for us at JAN Trust! We’ve had some amazing highs, including working on vital social change projects and celebrating the achievements of our women! However ...

Sajda Mughal OBE: Campaigner of the Year 2018!

Sajda Mughal OBE: Campaigner of the Year 2018!

On Thursday night, I attended the Heathrow Airport’s European Diversity Awards 2018 awards ceremony where JAN Trust and I were both nominated in the categories of ‘Community Project of the Year’ and ‘Campaigner of the Year’.   I was thrilled that we were even be shortlisted from 60,000 nominations as this renowned awards ceremony aims …

Representation and responsibility: Film and TV writers need to acknowledge their influence and use it wisely

Embed from Getty Images Not all film and television writers claim to be trying to alleviate social injustice with their stories or use their creativity as a catalyst for social change. Some may write personal stories, or stories that are completely fictitious or designed as pure, light-hearted entertainment. However, it would be burying your head …

Why is feminism essential?

Although there is still much progress to be made in British society concerning women’s rights, it’s easy to be blinkered to the fact that around the globe, Feminism is manifested differently in different cultures. In Argentina, it’s reproductive rights, with 500,000 illegal abortions carried out every year and women pushing for a bill to be pushed …

JAN Trust’s impact on countering extremism

JAN Trust has paved the way for the role of women to be taken seriously in society, and especially when it comes to countering extremism. We have recognised the importance of women in protecting their children from online radicalisation and extremism since 2010. Our work with women began 30 years ago in 1989 when our …