Posts Tagged: pandemic

Dealing with information overload

Dealing with information overload

We have more access to information now than previous generations have ever had—with both historical and new information co-existing, it can be hard to process everything that we are seeing daily, especially when two pieces of information contradict each other. This information can include new media, news articles, advertisements, new stimuli or environments, a change …

FGM: mutilating the lives of girls

FGM: mutilating the lives of girls

It’s hard to deny that COVID has changed the world. Upon the onset of the pandemic, our world completely flipped, and many of us were happy that we no longer had to wake up early to head to school or work. However, the disruption of education has had negative consequences for many young girls around …

Would a four-day working week improve our wellbeing?

Would a four-day working week improve our wellbeing?

With Scotland trialling a four-day working week, it’s important to consider the long-term benefits for those already struggling. After trials in countries such as Iceland and New Zealand, Scotland is going to follow their lead in trialling a four-day working week. The news came following reports suggesting 80% of people surveyed would prefer to work …

Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

Leaving lockdown with a positive impact

There is now light at the end of the tunnel, but we must make sure vulnerable minority women also see that light. As we exit lockdown and many look forward to returning to some sense of normalcy, it is important to remember that the end of lockdown is not necessarily an exciting prospect for everyone. …

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

What do we do about extremism and hate in our security forces?

Recently, there has been an increase in reported cases of members of the armed forces or police being found to have engaged in racism or extremism. Historically, the security forces — in this piece, referring collectively to the military and police — have had a complicated relationship with minority communities. Whilst this is a general …

Why the education gap won’t close

Why the education gap won’t close

The education gap widened after it closed for the first time in over a decade. In August, the Education Policy Institute (EPI) published their annual report for 2020, which examines the education gap at a local level, across different subjects and groups of pupils. The report published several worrying findings, including: The attainment gap between …

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

The spike in anti-Asian hate crime

Anti-Asian hate crime has drastically risen since the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Many activists have claimed that this rise in such hate crimes is due to the false yet incredibly widespread belief that Asian people are responsible for spreading the coronavirus. As a result, many from the East Asian community report feeling incredibly unsafe …

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 …