Race, gender, religion and ethnicity in a fractured society.
Many post-exit models have been examined and hotly debated as the right path for the UK - the Australian points-based system, the Norwegian model of integration, Switzerland’s special status, or even a unique combination of all. Is a winning strategy closer to Britain's shores, at the heart of which is prioritisation of the domestic electorate and their needs, concerns and aspirations, first and foremost, in all policy choices, rather than those of external stakeholders.
Daily practices in far away places affect us more than ever before. Citizens carry pain, suffering and even death of children daily in our bags and pockets. The batteries of smartphones, tablets and other portable electronic devices, without which we can no longer live or communicate effectively with one another, are powered by cobalt mined in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), by children as young as 4.
The creation of the European Union promised a new dawn of a freer and more just society for all, but in the very same Union Roma are still discriminated against on the basis of ethnicity. They continue to be marginalised, discriminated against and face exclusion from all aspects of social and economic life on a daily basis. Roma identity is often portrayed stereotypically as that of an exotic human being or an outsider - “gypsy” (a label considered by many to be derogatory), but the reality is much more complex and varied.
According to current laws, all under 16s have the right to a school place, regardless of their parents’ migration status. This allows children and young people the rights to have an education by their virtue as human beings, not their citizenship status. By denying them this basic right, the government would cast these young children as something less than.
“Labour has already shown, through the London Challenge, that we can raise standards amongst children living in some of the most deprived areas of the capital. Our task now is to focus on the early years, which can make such a huge difference to a child’s future life chances and social mobility.” Angela Rayner MP
The social atmosphere created by spending cuts on the disabled have been grave. Disabled people have consistently been labelled as a burden on the taxpayer and branded lazy individuals. Their personal integrity has been aggressively interrogated and the constant badgering on their ability to work has created an environment of social injustice
Whilst London’s poorest boroughs struggle to meet educational, employment and health averages, they continue to be treated as areas where the super-rich can expand and exert social influence. Young professionals are moving in, opening boutiques and artisan businesses to sell niche items, or living in overpriced new-builds, designed to cater for career-oriented singletons rather than families. Such a climate has excluded already-existing communities, who have all but been given the means to share in this perceived affluence and development. These “up-and-coming” spaces have done little for upward social mobility for the poorest.
Selective education causes barriers for disadvantaged children rather than providing them with opportunities. The selective system reinforces class division and middle-class privilege. The government’s plans are trying to make new grammar schools more inclusive by deciding what proportion of children from lower income families they should admit. However, it is pivotal that the government ensures that every child, despite financial background, is receiving an excellent standard of academic education.
Britain is renowned for its ethnic diversity, yet its film and television industry fail to reflect such a multicultural richness. A study by the British Film Institute found that only 13% of films made in the past decade featured black actors in leading roles, whilst 60% had unnamed black characters. Subjects of films that represented a more ethnically diverse cast tended to be about slavery, racism, colonialism, crime and gang culture; storylines that present people of colour as a monolith used to reinforce negative stereotypes.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren supports Hilary Clinton on her campaign trail. As someone who grew up with many hardships and is an inspiration for many, Warren is a key person to support Hilary Clinton.
- By Yasmin Adib
Women politicians are particular victims of online abuse, and that extent of the abuse they receive is shocking.
- By Yasmin Adib
As a part of equality initiatives, at Social Vision, we have created the Network Alliance, whose aim is to raise awareness about the lack of an adequate diversity in certain areas of creative arts and mainstream media.
The Tate Modern has brought to London the biggest exhibition outside the US of Georgia O'Keeffe's work. O’Keeffe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and of US modernism.
- By Michelle Arellano
Is the arts industry in Britain today 'a class thing'? There is a manifestly low non-white workforce in UK's visual and performing arts industry.
- By Angelica Stoichkov
Women’s voices are transnationally underrepresented, and the event on Iraqi women brought to life their voices from both inside Iraq and diaspora. The event also addressed the role of women in the development of Iraq.
- By Yasmin Adib
Many of the main news outlets are still under-representing women. According to a study by City University, media outlets such as BBC and ITV have not sufficiently representing women.
- By Yasmin Adib
Throughout history, women have been subject to inequality when it comes to their careers, freedoms, rights, and choices. For some people, we have come far in progressing the position of women in society. - By Yasmin Adib
With a new building in place, the Tate Modern extension is opening on June 17 in London. This extension hosts more works on display by women and artists originally not from Western Europe or Northern America.
- By Yasmin Adib
here is a frightening trend that is occurring in the UK for British citizens who state that they have no religion, or belong to a non-Christian faith, despite the fact that they were raised as Catholic, Anglican or Protestant and have identified as such throughout their earlier life.
-By Angelica Stoichkov
Few months ago Charlotte Rampling added fuel to the fire of debate regarding the lack of diversity amongst Oscar award nominees.
- By Louisa Walters