In a rare nod to gender equality the 13th Doctor is to be a woman. As Jodie Whittaker takes up her position in the blue box we have been reflecting on the positive statement this sends out to women and girls across the country. Not only can women actors be cast in lead roles, but women can become doctors and academics all wrapped up in one short announcement. Here at IARS we love it.
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Last weekend it was London Pride! It was an opportunity to celebrate with pride the lives of LGBTIQA+ people and remind us that we still have a long way to go in ensuring that people's differences of any kind are respected and celebrated instead of used as a base for discrimination. This is even truer when it comes to LGBTIQA+ migrants and refugees who not only suffer discrimination based on their sexual and gender identity but are often the target of xenophobic and racist discrimination and violence!
It is well established that refugee and asylum-seeking women are confronted with a multitude of difficulties when attempting to seek settlement in the host country. They often face the effects of poverty, dependence, and a lack of social support that not only undermines their physical health but also their mental health.
The IARS International Institute vehemently condemns yesterday’s Finsbury Park terrorist attack on innocent people, an attack to the core democratic and diversity principles of our society. Our hearts and solidarity go out to the friends and families of those affected as well as to the whole Muslim community.
This was a heartless attack on Muslim communities who have now for long been targeted by islamophobia and violent hate crimes as a result of being unfairly scapegoated and associated with terrorism.
Today, on the 20th of June 2017 marks this years’ World Refugee Day, and the IARS would like to invite you to celebrate the resilience and courage of refugees during this week. The refugee week is about recognising refugees’ contribution to our communities and within the UK as a whole. Here at IARS we are committed to empowering refugees through making their voices heard and raising awareness for the protection and safe guarding of their rights.