Discrimination

Breaking the Silence in Somalia

Isabelle Younane | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK Politics
Isabelle Younane

As I learned from this event - and from the Global Summit in general - the effects of globalisation and immigration mean that the West can no longer sit back and allow the suffering of ethnic groups, particularly as some of their members now walk the streets of our egalitarian nation. Hopefully, this modest event was a first step in creating a dialogue between Somali victims and the international community about the reality of life as a minority in Somalia, and what we can do to help.

We Need to Talk About Consent

Fran Hall | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Fran Hall

Consent is a word we may think we have an understanding of, given its commonplace and importance in the law. But when it comes to sex and relationships we need to clarify and talk far more openly about it, particularly in schools, to help combat the widespread sexual violence against women; a problem that is reaching alarming levels.

We Need More Women in Business

Meg Munn | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

It's not just that there is a 'moral case' for greater diversity in business. Capitalising on women's potential makes economic sense. Having more women on corporate boards has been shown to increase both the share price and the return on equity. It doesn't surprise me that the 2013 list of the world's most valuable brands showed companies with a greater than average proportion of female board members outperforms those with an all-male board. So why are women undervalued across the business spectrum?

Having a Speech Impairment

Simon Stevens | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

I think one of the most challenging parts of my cerebral palsy is having a speech impairment, because it challenges the people I meet everyday.

The Rise of Ukip: Is This the End of a Political Era?

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Politics
Yasmin Ahmed

Many people do not vote because of a sense of hopelessness. Would my vote make a difference? Would it have an impact on government? Here's a real-life example for those cynics, skeptics and pessimists ... In Southcoates East, UKIP's victory was decided by only 9 votes. With the benefit of hindsight, would you have voted if that preordained the defeat of such party?

Homophobia Rife In Universities

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 13.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Homophobia is rife at university, with one in five LGB+ students being harassed and bullied on campus, shocking research has revealed. Only one in ...

Is the PC Culture Alienating People With Disabilities and Those From Other Minorities

Dr Nicholas M. Almond | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nicholas M. Almond

People with cerebral palsy can remember when SCOPE was called The Spastic Society. Now we have a culture where political correctness has overtaken and one cannot use the term 'disabled' or 'mentally handicapped' or even 'handicapped'; instead we have to use the terms 'less-abled' or 'learning difficulties'. Is this really required

Youth and the Police: Forever Broken?

Tala Sweiss | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tala Sweiss

Why is it that black youth still feel they are discriminated against in the 21st century? And why is it that young people in general tend to have some form of pessimism towards the police?

Thanks For Your Discrimination And Stigma

Gemma Parry | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gemma Parry

Despite the fact that attitudes are different towards other health issues, and that attitudes towards issues such as sexuality, culture, ethnicity, gender and disabilities are changing, discrimination against people who are suffering with mental health problems are still very widespread.

Stories of Polish Gay Immigration in the UK

Pamela Sposito | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pamela Sposito

Homophobia in Poland is another major reason of Polish immigration to the UK. Who would have thought? In fact, gay Poles decide to book a one-way flight ticket to London to escape discrimination.

Female Experts on TV Are Still a Rare Species

Barbara Stocking | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Barbara Stocking

It was disappointingly timely that last week the hostility often faced by women in positions of seniority or visibility in public life was brought to the fore by the Daily Mail's diary story about the panel of experts invited to discuss the results of the BICEP2 study on Newsnight.

Promoting Prejudice: Ableism, Weight Stigma and Just Really Bad Science

Angela Meadows | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Angela Meadows

March 17th marked the opening of the 12th International Congress on Obesity in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. To get the conference off to a good start, the organisers - The World Obesity Federation - decided to put their money where their mouth was and turn off the escalators in the conference centre. If only they'd put their brains there instead.

The Sky's the Limit ... or Is It?

Gloria Moss | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Gloria Moss

The theme of International Women's day 2014, 'Inspiring change', is an opportunity to reconsider the capabilities on which business success rests. According to Avivah Wittenberg-Cox and Alison Maitland, 'Gender is a business issue not a women's issue'.

Major Culture Transformation to Help Women in the Workplace Needed

Barbara Stocking | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK
Barbara Stocking

Unless we see a true cultural shift and change of attitude throughout the fabric of our workplaces, no matter how hard a college like Murray Edwards tries, it will still be difficult for our women to have the impact they aspire to in the world.

LOOK: Artist Peels Back Skin To Highlight Rights And Empowerment

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Artist Hikaru Cho uses her body painting expertise to create incredible realistic effects which make it appear her models' skin is peeled back, in an ...

Prejudice: Not Just Whom You Know, But Also Where You Live

Miles Hewstone | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Miles Hewstone

It has long been known that positive interaction with members of other groups (ethnic, religious and so on) promotes more positive attitudes to others. Why, then, is it sometimes claimed that diversity poses a challenge to modern society, makes people withdraw from interaction, makes us less trusting of one another?

Struggle for Minorities Equality Continues

Yousef Dar | Posted 01.05.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Sadly when we look at reality, all the effort and sacrifice have failed to deliver the vision of equality. Legislation alone will not solve the problem, words that have been have heard many times before on other matters.

Maths for Girls? It's as Easy as ABC - So, Why Are Schools Not Doing More to Encourage It?

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Fiona Hotston Moore

We need to see much more mentoring and for schools to actively, not passively, ensure a throughput of female role models talking to, and hopefully inspiring, pupils. Governors and local education authorities should take a firm lead.

#OneLove: Homosexuality Isn't Bad

Kamran Assadi | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kamran Assadi

But looking back on how things once were, one can now see that there is some positive progression and more tolerance for homosexuality. The attitude towards it has improved in the UK rapidly, and can only get better. The progress that society is making is encouraging and can only be commended.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Equality in the Workplace

Hilary Thomas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Hilary Thomas

When Helen Clark - the former New Zealand Prime Minister who runs the UN Development Programme - was asked about quotas recently she responded with characteristic clarity 'when nothing else works you should have quotas'.

Disabled Disney Princess Illustrations Are A Stark Reminder Of Discrimination In Society

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Disney Princesses have long been held up as a blueprint for little girls to aspire to. And while their quest to find the man of their dreams (in mo...

'I Have a Dream' Is Still Not Yet a Reality

Meredith Berman | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK
Meredith Berman

It seems Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech needs to be revisited. Both the UK and America are countries which pride themselves on their people having rights regardless of your religion, race or gender. I think it's time we start to recognise this once more.

Young People Being Denied Access to Mental Health Support Online

Rebecca Walton | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Walton

Surely, blocking mental health related websites will do far more harm than good? What will denying young people information, resources and support networks possibly achieve? Other than a new generation of adults who are too terrified to talk about their mental health issues or seek out support when they need it most.

Don't Discriminate Against Wills For His Royal Blood, Urges Cambridge Professor

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Prince William should not be discriminated against for being born a royal, a Cambridge University professor has urged, following the Duke's enrolment ...