Discrimination

Hands Up For the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People: Time to Listen to What Young People Want

Jacqui Stevenson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK
Jacqui Stevenson

30 years into the HIV and AIDS epidemic, discrimination continues to be one of the most devastating consequences of an HIV diagnosis, and stands in the way of an effective response.

Why Men and Women Should Be Cheering on Rachel Reeves

Schona Jolly | Posted 26.02.2015 | UK Politics
Schona Jolly

We need strong female role models so that our daughters will look up and believe that they, too, can be valued for more than their ability to look pretty and people-please. There is a life before and beyond maternity leave, and women are entitled to choose how they live it.

Incidents Like the Paris Metro Are Shocking, but Casual Racism Is Alive and Kicking

Becky Read | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK
Becky Read

I appreciate the use of 'black' as a descriptive term in some circumstances, for example if you were trying to point out my boyfriend in a room full of Chinese people. I don't appreciate it when used in the context of explaining why people might be more afraid of him than someone who was just big.

No, You Don't Get to Decide What Offends Who

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

It seems we live in a climate where those being oppressed cannot even decide what amounts to oppression against them. We must wait to be told by someone from the oppressing class. That is convenient for the oppressing class, but an odd concept otherwise.

Chapel Hill Shooting: How Many More Until We Realise This Is A Trend?

Rabah Kherbane | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rabah Kherbane

This problem needs to be dealt with properly, and must be tackled with caution. However, to resolve it, we must first acknowledge that the problem actually exists. A massive step for the vast majority. Then again, to acknowledge a problem exists, we must first feel that the grief it causes matters.

"You Are Hot, But I Don't Date Monkeys"

Tracey Agyeman | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Tracey Agyeman

I do not want to live in a colour-blind society; we should not pretend that our individuality does not exist; the problem does not lie in acknowledging differences but rather in being ignorant. What distinguishes us does not make us inferior or superior, it makes us diverse.

Two Women Walk Into a Comedy Club...

Helen Keeler | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Comedy
Helen Keeler

This all comes down to the same untruth: that female comedians are all the same, so if you don't find one of them funny, you don't find any of them funny.

I Don't Want a Job Because I'm Gay, I Want It Because I'm Talented

Steven Stewart | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Steven Stewart

You want a truly diverse workforce, you don't have people brought in because they fit a label, you bring them in because they're talented. It's a matter of pride and self-worth to refuse a job if you know you're only being offered it because you fit into a particular category.

Hypocrisy of Free Speech: Made by the Powerful, for the Powerful, against the Powerless

Yasmin Ahmed | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Yasmin Ahmed

There is no justification for murdering journalists or satirists. No degree of offence legitimises the use of violence. The deaths of the journalists should be mourned for that particular reason, but no more so than the two officers or the maintenance man who were also killed in the tragic shootings..

Negotiating Gender Bias: Why We All Need to Stand Up and Speak Out

Natalie Reynolds | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Natalie Reynolds

Make a commitment that next time you hear a female friend or colleague describing an assertive women as aggressive, pushy or a 'ball-breaker', to take her aside and say why this view has to change.

The Judgemental Mob Are Out In Full Force Again As Stephen Fry Confirms His Engagement To Elliot Spencer

Duncan Lindsay | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Entertainment
Duncan Lindsay

Stephen Fry and Elliot Spencer have an age gap and a fairly significant one which, in the eyes of a shocking quantity on social media, is akin to the kicking of a fluffy kitten. Quite how it is anybody's business as to the details of the private life of two consenting adults is beyond me.

Nigel Farage's Defence of Kerry Smith Demonstrates that Casual Racism is the Norm

Zahra Wynne | Posted 19.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Zahra Wynne

It seems that week after week, we're hit with another story of Nigel Farage or one of his UKIP counterparts spouting racist, sexist and homophobic comments left right and centre. It's become worryingly predictable, and it seems that although there is a candidate step down here and there, a half-hearted apology and a tepid reassurance that this is 'not representative of UKIP', they continue to receive support.

The 'Race Card' Is Not a Privilege

Rhammel Afflick | Posted 08.02.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rhammel Afflick

Recently I've noticed an overwhelming increase in the use of statements such as 'here we go the race card again' and 'you can't just use the race card'. Sadly you're wrong, and I will continue to talk about racism and the extremely deep rooted affects it has on the black community in the UK and many other places across the world.

Muslims Seen As 'Disloyal And Threatening' By Employers Who Won't Hire Them

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK

Muslims experience the worst discrimination of any other minority group in the UK when it comes to job prospects, new research has found. The resea...

Brighton - A Mirror on a Broken Reality

Mik Scarlet | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mik Scarlet

Last weekend I paid a trip to the seaside, to Brighton to take part in a literary event called Sea Changers. What struck me from the moment I arrived was how hard it was to get around in my wheelchair.

In Praise of Clicktivism: Dapper Laughs and People Power

Oliver Carter-Esdale | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Carter-Esdale

This power is now in our hands, or more precisely, at our fingertips. In sharing and commenting on these articles and petitions, we have begun to do away with the idea that we are unable to help or to change things.

In Their Own Words : Children Rough Sleepers at Upcoming Brussels Conference - Rising Numbers Europewide Now a Critical Human Rights Issue

Nick Fouche | Posted 08.01.2015 | UK Politics
Nick Fouche

'I wish to go to school and, hopefully one day, even university. After that, I want to find a job, then get married and have children who will gr...

Looking for a Leader in the Caribbean

Robin Guittard | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK
Robin Guittard

Every year, Trinidad and Tobago becomes a paradise holiday retreat for thousands of people around the world. But in the twin island state, many women and men are living in hell as they continue to be discriminated against for who they are, and who they love.

I Am Not an Inadvertent Feminist

Mike Niles | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Niles

It is unfair to blame any stigma around the feminist movement solely on the media representation of an archetypal feminist. I don't believe a true feminist hates men - they simply aspire to live life on a level playing field. Women should have equal pay. Men should have their parental value equally compensated. Equality gaps exist for both sexes ergo both sexes have a motivation to achieve parity.

Disabled People More Likely to Be Seen on the Streets Than on Our Screens

Clare Pelham | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Clare Pelham

When was the last time you saw a disabled person on TV? Our research shows more than half of us are more likely to see a disabled person on the street rather than on our screens. And one in six of us have no recollection of disabled people in any media at all.

A time to grieve and a time to dance

Conor Fortune | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Conor Fortune

Ekaterina Khomenko's throat was slit when a street cleaner found her in a car with the engine still running in St Petersburg earlier this month. Acc...

Response to the Obesity Study

Vicky Frankland | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Frankland

There have been many articles in the newspapers over the past week; all centered a new study from the University of London, which involved data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. After 4 days of looking at a group of nearly 3000 adults over the age of 50 this study has discovered that fat shaming does not help people lose weight.

Politicians Must Hear the Voice of People With a Learning Disability

Ciara Lawrence | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Ciara Lawrence

I don't want any child with a learning disability to go through what I went through - to be told you're worthless, no good, stupid. Around 200 children are born every single week who will have a learning disability. This is our chance to make a difference to their futures. The public is demanding the next government to make this change happen - candidates must listen.

It's Time to End the Scandal of Workless Women

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Carole Easton

It's the scandal that no one is talking about; more than 90,000 more young women than men are out of education, employment and training - so-called NEETs. It may be a tidy acronym but now is the time to stop sweeping this issue under the carpet.

We All Need to Work to Keep Europe Open and Free

Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt | Posted 18.10.2014 | UK
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt

When we look at the news and we see incident after incident of discrimination, antisemitism and vigilante justice. Whether that's Jewish shops being targeted in Paris or a woman being assaulted for displaying an Israeli flag in Amsterdam, we are surrounded by acts of baseless hatred.