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There is no shame in black hair

  When I heard that pupils at Pretoria Girls’ High School were being subjected to racism and told to suppress their ‘blackness’, I felt a sense of sadness and despair. The young students claimed African hairstyles such as afros, bantu knots, dreadlocks and braids were banned while chemically straighten hair was deemed as acceptable. How can … Continue reading

British mother campaigns to keep her surrogate son in the country

A young refugee from Afghanistan who has been living with a surrogate family in the UK for nine months, is at risk of being removed from the country on Thursday morning. Hamed fled Afghanistan after experiencing unimaginable trauma at the hands of the Taliban. While attending his regular sign in session at the local police station … Continue reading

What kind of legacy do you want to leave behind?

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them: A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill”, Muhammad Ali The … Continue reading

French police brutality continues as Calais ‘Jungle’ is demolished

A video shot at 9am on Tuesday morning (1st March) by a volunteer from Help Refugees shows a young Iranian Kurdish couple peacefully protesting their eviction before being forced to the ground and beaten with batons by police. They have since been arrested. The husband was screaming that his wife was pregnant. The grassroots charity … Continue reading

Calais Jungle camp: Migrants evicted from makeshift shelters prepare for bulldozers

  Migrants living in the Calais “Jungle Camp” who were given an eviction notice to relocate before the bulldozers move in have been cooperating peacefully. French police ordered residents to vacate a third of the makeshift camp to make room for converted shipping containers fitted with electricity and heating. Since the basic accommodation will only … Continue reading

What can we learn from the Women in the World Summit?

As a journalist I am constantly reminded of how lucky and blessed my life is, but at time it is very easy to lose perspective. The Women in the World two-day Summit, which took place at Cadogan Hall last Thursday and Friday, was an enlightening dose of reality. By the end I was emotionally drained, … Continue reading

Beyond FGM and empowering others

The campaign to end Female Genital Mutilation (FMG) has taken a positive step in the right direction after British Prime Minister David Cameron unveiled new measures to crackdown the practice in England and Wales. Describing it as a “cruel, barbaric practice”, Cameron has ordered ministers to rush through new powers before schools break up next … Continue reading

Liberal Democrat Tom Brake on the ‘fightback’ to build a stronger economy in a fairer society

The Liberal Democrats were left reeling after suffering a heavily defeat at the recent general election, losing a staggering 45 seats and being relegated from sharing power in a coalition to the fourth alongside the Democratic Unionist Party. Tom Brake became the last surviving Liberal Democrat in south-west London, a former stronghold for the party, … Continue reading

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