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Thoughts of a travelling tourist

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

I spent four days offline whilst I visited Alcudia in Majorca. Four days without social media, news and emails. Four days to let my brain breathe, to give my thoughts time to digest and process. We live in a world where news is instant, and our reactions are expected to be equally as rapid. We respond emotionally and irrationally. I have been there and done it. So for me this trip was beneficial as it allowed me to reflect on my observations…. As I wandered around the ruins of the old city in Alcudia, I soaked in my surroundings. This is a city rich with history. Invaded by Romans, Moors and Pirates, their influences lingering for all to see. I was spellbound by...

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The Struggle of A Working Mum

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Blog | 5 comments

Since I started work in October 2014, a lot of my friends have been asking me what it is like to be a full time working mum of two young children (both under the age of 5), seeing as its an issue that affects many women, I thought it would be best if I blogged about my experience. Plus it will help me jot down my thoughts more coherently. I am currently in London as part of some training for my role as a Broadcast Journalist with Creative access, thus have finally found some time to write this blog. And I am finding it so hard, so this post may be a tad weepy. I always aspired to be a working mum, like many second generation Pakistanis, I grew up in a culture where women...

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Children of Peshawar.

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Children of Peshawar.

135 dead, 114 injured. This morning the Taliban tore through a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan, intent on killing any and every child in their way. The Taliban quickly claimed responsibility for this inhumane barbaric act of terror. They claimed responsibility. let that sink in. There is no remorse in that statement, no guilt, no compassion, no humanity.  These are the actions of men who have no conscience, who are blood thirsty and who are ultimately cowards. They claimed responsibility for ending the lives of the future generation of Pakistan. They claimed responsibility for causing immense grief and loss to the parents and families of Peshawar. They claimed...

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The C Word.

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The C Word.

October was Breast Cancer Awareness month. A couple of months ago I turned 25; I knew I would receive my first cervical screening invitation and sure enough it arrived. I remember staring at it for quite a while, I remember thinking I should go and get myself screened, I told myself it was beneficial for me to keep my body healthy and to be aware of any problems. But I didn’t go. One of the excuses I came up with, to reassure myself was that cervical cancer affects those women who have multiple sexual partners, so it doesn’t affect me. I knew this was true but not always the case but I pushed it to the back of my mind. I tossed the invitation in the bin. As I...

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Culture of Shame Aids Groomers

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

Rotherham, 1400 and more cases of abuse documented over a period of 16 years. The victims were children, mostly in care, mostly white. The perpetrators predominantly of Pakistani heritage.  This is not the first of its kind, we witnessed the same heinous cases in Rochdale and Oxford and it has been reported that more are coming forward. I have taken my time in writing this blog so that I could do so as rationally as possible. When I first read the Rotherham report I was furious and sickened by the treatment of the victims at the hands of not only the groomers but also by the authorities who were supposed to be protecting them. Time and time again the report details how...

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To Burqa or not to Burqa

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The Burqa Ban. It’s been a hot topic this week. On 1st July, judges at the European court of human rights upheld France’s Burqa ban, accepting Paris’s argument that it encouraged citizens to live together. For many years, in fact up until last year I was very anti burqa, and anti abaya (the long black garment worn over clothing) I knew and had been told that it had no quranic reference and that it was a cultural phenomena. I simply didn’t understand, why in this country you would want to cover up everything when you could dress modestly without looking so alien. As a feminist I despised it, to me, it symbolised a garment which restrained and...

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