Henry Miller said “Writing is its own reward” – something I’m sure the Women’s Writes Network agrees with.
What’s surprising however is the number of women of colour who possess this talent but haven’t tapped into it.
So to address this gap, myself and two friends, Hasina and Priya, decided to develop workshops to help these women. The BBC Asian Network were interested in the Women’s Writes Network and invited us on air to find out more.
You can listen to the full interview above (and listen to me blank out live on air… so embarrassing!)
It was Tuesday. Day four of Ramadan, day two of my period. My pelvic pain was unbearable and I was about to both cry because of the podcast I was listening to and shout at this guy whose rucksack kept touching me.
Commute aside, indoors with no one invading my personal space, I was asked how I’d been finding fasting.
“Oh I’m not fasting this week,” I said hesitantly, knowing what was about to happen.
My visit to Toronto has been a long time coming. The last time I ventured over to ‘the 6’ was over four years ago.
Home to Drake, The Weeknd, Lilly Singh and Rupi Kaur, I did secretly hope I would bump into one of the four during my week there but alas, it didn’t happen.
I did however have a lot of family time and even though I was struck down with a relentless cough, I still braved the elements and got to admire some of what Toronto had to offer.
Tragedies like 9/11, the refugee crisis and the recent attacks in London brought people together. However, I found myself wondering why the Yezidi crisis hadn’t generated the same reaction.
Photojournalist Benjamin Eagle, captured the portraits featured in the exhibition at the Lacey Contemporary Gallery. Alongside them were the stories of each individual woman.
I couldn’t think of a better theme for this year’s International Women’s Day. #BeBoldForChange. Talking about gender parity last year was a good way to get the conversation going and educating ourselves about the current landscape women face within the workplace, however 2017 is all about action and there’s plenty we all can do.
According to the World Economic Forum, it would take roughly 117 years for gender parity, which is absolutely ludicrous. However the vastness of the #BeBoldForChange theme allows us to take steps and actions that will have a big impact for women.
There are a number of ways to get involved today and beyond according to the official website.
A packed train is probably the worst place to start a blog about my self image woes considering the Brits’ habit of leaning over to read their neighbour’s newspapers, magazines… even text messages!
But The Children’s Society and Children’s Mental Health Week has revealed a lot of information I had no idea about, especially around the way girls feel about their appearance.
Self image has been a buzzword over the years with teenagers and young adults sometimes going to extreme lengths to exude society’s idea of body perfection.
For South Asians and even West Indians, there is a huge amount of pressure on our physical appearance as well as the need to be ‘successful.’
Can you imagine a world where a quarter of a million 10 – 15 year old girls aren’t happy with their lives overall? That’s one in seven of all girls in that age group.
Well that’s the reality according to the 2016 Good Childhood Report published by The Children’s Society.
The Children’s Society released this insightful and eye-opening report last year in August, which not only reveals attitudes young children have over really important aspects of their lives, but reinforces the need to have emotional and mental health support implemented in all schools.
Boys and girls aged 10 – 15 were asked to rate their happiness and satisfaction across a number of factors like family, friends, appearance, school and overall life. The Children’s Society found that among girls, there has been a notable decline over a five year period when it comes to how they feel about their appearance and friendships.