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!)
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.
People tell me time and time again that I was born in the wrong country. Given my love affair with New York, I’m starting to believe it.
My adoration for this city started at the tender age of 13 and no matter how long I left it until my next visit, my enthusiasm for the big apple never dwindled.
The Asian Media Awards has become an annual event I thoroughly look forward to for a number of reasons; the calibre of nominees all gathered together in one room, the lavish spread and of course the networking opportunities!
This year’s awards, held at the Hilton in Deansgate, didn’t disappoint. The world of journalism, television, radio and PR once again gathered to celebrate the successes of their peers and of course to glam up on a Thursday evening!
Friday night on the red carpet interviewing people I’ve been dying to meet wasn’t a bad way to start my weekend.
The Asian Achievers Awards, which celebrates the accomplishments of individuals from the South Asian community, was held in a dazzling ceremony in the lavish Grosvenor House Hotel.
In addition to this, guests dug deep and managed to raise an astonishing £180,000 for the event’s charity partner, Indian Ocean Disaster Relief, through auction.
Brunch is probably my favourite meal, which I think we should all take more time to appreciate and indulge in. What’s even better in my opinion is when you come across a brunch menu that isn’t filled with the typical dishes that are synonymous with this trendy past time. Smashed avocado on toast is great but let’s be real, we’ve all mastered this to perfection.