The Guardian today has a great article about the release of Chelsea Manning and her survival in gaol as a transgender woman. Chelsea, like so many of the transgender community, faced prejudice and abuse whilst in prison and one can only imagine the daily challenge it must have been to simply survive. This drew my attention to our Epsilon project. Epsilon is a project which is focused on identifying the challenges faced by LGBTIQA refugees when trying to integrate in their adopted country or when seeking asylum.
We are currently looking for an energetic Youth Worker/Trainer to work on various community engagement projects targeted to young people aged 13-25 years old from diverse backgrounds in the Southwark area. (not exclusively).
The right candidate will be responsible for the successful delivery of the IARS Youth empowerment skills development youth training programmes. Other responsibilities will include the coordination of volunteering opportunities for young people through delivery of various community-based social action projects.
Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. It is a chance to celebrate sexual and gender diversity, but also an opportunity to raise awareness about the violation of LGBT rights across the globe.
Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election to take place on 8th of June, since then 930,000 people have applied to register to vote. Of these, more than 390,000 were aged under 25 - 42% of the total. On the day the election was called 57,987 people under 25 registered to vote - more than any other age group. Young people from BAME groups are often isolated from mainstream politics and feel like nothing will change whoever they vote for. Who can we rely on to keep our best interests at heart?
Maryada Ganeshgarhia, Youth Projects & Communications Intern -