Posts Tagged: Inequality

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

Gentrification as a driving force for social injustice

The transformation of low-income neighbourhoods to trendy, more upmarket versions of their past selves often comes at an unfair cost for the communities who have resided there for decades.   What is gentrification? Gentrification can be defined as the transformation of an area to a middle-class neighbourhood leading to displacement of the original predominantly working-class …

Why pitting BAME communities against the ‘white working class’ misses the point about inequality

Why pitting BAME communities against the ‘white working class’ misses the point about inequality

The UK government’s rejection of anti-racism in favour of tackling socioeconomic equality presents a false choice that ignores intersectional struggles. “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” – Audre Lorde In December 2020, Liz Truss, the Minister for Women and Equalities, delivered a speech outlining a …

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 …

How the differential treatment of religious festivals in the pandemic response reflects the disadvantage in society

How the differential treatment of religious festivals in the pandemic response reflects the disadvantage in society

Contrasts in how religious festivals have been perceived in the COVID-19 response show us society’s entrenched hierarchy of religions. Most people will likely have come across reports in the news about various changes in lockdown measures in response to COVID-19 and debates about the timing of these changes. What some people may not have realised …

COVID-19 and the Childcare Crisis.

COVID-19 and the Childcare Crisis.

The UK’s extensive childcare crisis amidst the pandemic has had disproportionate social and economic impacts on working mothers. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact everyone, a shocking survey by the Campaign Group ‘Pregnant Then Screwed’ highlights that working mothers and pregnant women are being overlooked and their realities ignored in the government’s response to …

Leicester sweatshops and the negligence of BAME lives

Exposing the atrocious working conditions in garment factories in Leicester shocked the nation, but this is no isolated incident: BAME labour is systemically exploited in the UK. Embed from Getty Images Leicester garment factories in the spotlight A report by Labour Behind the Label exposed garment factories in Leicester, primarily working for online fast fashion …

JAN Trust keeps supporting minority women through the pandemic

Demand for the support and guidance that JAN Trust offers has increased as a result of COVID-19 and lockdown. We understand that the effects of the pandemic are far-reaching, and do not only include health-related or economic trouble. We are committed to supporting our beneficiaries in these difficult times.  Lockdown has prevented many from leaving …

COVID-19 and the Privilege of Productivity

Remote work does not look the same for everyone. The ability to focus is tied to societal privilege on a larger scale. Embed from Getty Images Working from home – a blessing and a curse These past two months, many non-essential workers have had to adapt to working and studying from home to adhere to …