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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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Stoned by Love.

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog | 3 comments

Stoned by Love.

Today, as I read the news, I cried. Hot angry tears fell down my cheeks. And I am not ashamed to admit to it. The stories that led to my reaction were those of  Farzana Parveen and Meriam Ibrahim. These two women, although strangers to one another, have lots in common, they are both in their 20′s, one has been stoned to death and the other is condemned to be stoned to death. Their crime is the same. They both fell in love. A love which was forbidden by those around them be it family or society. Let me begin with the story of Farzana Parveen. Farzana married a widower aged 45, 3 years ago. She was arranged to be married to somebody else, somebody her family had...

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Racist Slurs Are Proving Popular

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

What a week it has been! I write this post as a concerned voter. I am concerned because in Pendle (where I reside currently) we have a few UKIP candidates. Now there’s been much discussion on UKIP and their policies and the controversies surrounding them. Let me clarify why UKIP and far right parties such as theirs worry me. I am a child of migrants, my dad migrated here at a very young age and was educated here and married my mother who arrived in England post marriage. They are and always have been extremely hard working individuals. My father has now built up with his brothers a successful family business; they have all worked extremely hard to reach the stage they...

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