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.
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.