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Munira Mirza: Critiquing Islamist fundamentalist practice is not an ‘attack on Muslim women’

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Munira Mirza is a former Deputy Mayor of London, and co-author of the Policy Exchange report ‘Living apart together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism’.
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Munira Mirza is a former Deputy Mayor of London, and co-author of the Policy Exchange report ‘Living apart together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism’.

Evaluation of Voter ID scheme Pilots

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Last Thursday 19th July, the Electoral Commission reported on the outcomes of ID pilots carried out on voters during the May local elections in five districts (Bromley, Woking, Gosport, Watford and Swindon). The need to ask voters for more ID was obstensively to limit potential voter’s fraud. However, none of the areas looked at had any great history of fraudulent activity – and indeed, the absence voting fraud generally across the UK in elections is a common feature.

What civil society can learn from the BBC

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Recent events such as BBC pay levels and gendered and racialised pay disparities brings to mind one phrase that might be repurposed in the name of justice. 

If you see something, say something.

The slogan is used to questionable effect by the US Department of Homeland Security. But in the pursuit of social, racial, class and gender equality vigilance is important. 

How thankful should we be to Band Aid 30?

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By Ben Andrew

It's that time of year again. The time when you can hardly leave the house without a wave of christmas songs being blasted at you from every shop and restaurant. And this year Bob Geldof and Bono have thrown their hats into the ring.

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Membership Spotlight: Sheffield BME Network

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The only strategic organisation representing BME groups in Sheffield talks about their struggle with the Council 
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The only strategic organisation representing BME groups in Sheffield tells Eva Nyandoro about their struggle to be heard. Every month we feature one of our V4CE members and ask them what their organisation is doing. 

Stephen Lawrence: 21 years on

By Arwa Almari, Coordinator of West Yorkshire Racial Justice Network

Today marks 21 years since the brutal murder of Stephen Lawrence. Within hours of Stephen’s murder, police had the names of five suspects from 26 different sources, yet there were no arrests for two weeks. The horrific circumstance of the murder and the subsequent incompetent inquiry pushed the nation, with its public institutions, to engage in discussions about racism. 

Cultural challenges faced by foster carers and children of Gypsy and Traveller communities

By Emma Nuttall, Advice and Policy Manager of Friends, Families and Travellers

The number of foster carers from the Gypsy and Traveller communities in the UK is currently extremely low. This is a great shame considering there is a great need for Gypsy/Traveller children to be fostered by carers from their own ethnic backgrounds.

Membership Spotlight: Wai Yin Society

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Every month we feature one of our members and ask them what their organisation is about and what they’ve been up to. This month we caught up with Lisa Mok, Assistant Director of Wai Yin Society.
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By Eva Nyandoro, Voice4Change England

Every month we feature one of our members and ask them what their organisation is about and what they’ve been up to. This month we caught up with Lisa Mok, Assistant Director of Wai Yin Society.

Wai Yin Society was founded in 1988 by a group of Chinese women in Greater Manchester who wanted to support women who suffered domestic violence and breakdowns in family life. Over the years the society’s programmes have expanded to meet the demands of Black and minority ethnic (BME) community groups in Manchester.  This year, Wai Yin Chinese Women’s Society changed its name to the Wai Yin Society

More proof the media don't care about black stories

By Lester Holloway, Policy Officer for V4CE

There’s been a lot of debate recently about diversity, or lack of it, in the media. 
 
Comments by Lenny Henry about the lack of BME people in broadcasting, and the more historical perspective of former TV producer Farrukh Dhondy in The Voice newspaper illustrate not just how far we’ve got to go but how far we’ve slipped back.
 
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