As-salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh (“May the peace, mercy, and blessings of Allah be with you”)
Here at Greenwich, we want to mark the start of Ramadan by wishing everyone taking part Ramadan Mubarak and Ramadan Kareem.
We know this year, once again that Ramadan will be a different experience as attending mosques may be limited and connecting with friends and family indoors will not be possible. We want to ensure everyone taking part in Ramadan this year has a safe and connected experience and as a university community we want to come together, in the spirit of Ramadan. More
Thirty-five leading sportswomen have joined a charity programme to tackle the lack of diversity across sport.
Footballers Nikita Parris and Caroline Weir and five-time Paralympic champion Hannah Cockcroft are among those who have joined ‘Unlocked’, which has been set up by the Women’s Sport Trust.
The athletes share experiences and work with industry experts to help tackle issues relating to women in sport.
In total, 27 different sports are represented by the group.
“It has been a challenging year for many but as we come out of Covid-19 there is no better time to turbo-charge our effort and continue to unlock the value of women’s sport,” said Tammy Parlour, co-founder of the Women’s Sport Trust.
“We believe the best way to do this is by supporting these elite women and connecting them together.
“Individually they are strong advocates for change but together they are unstoppable.” More
When Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was released this year, it gained a lot of attention – not because it is the latest instalment for a popular franchise, it stood out for another reason.
The game was set in India, had two lead women, and one of them, Nadine Ross, is a black South African.
Other big releases this year include Assassins Creed Origins, which is set in Egypt with an African protagonist, while Star Wars Battlefront II used the likeness and voice of Janina Gavankar, an actress with part-Indian heritage.
But speaking to BBC Asian Network, Jo Twist, chief executive for Ukie, the trading body for the UK’s games industry, said there was still a long way to go before video games could be truly representative of the gaming audience. More
October is Black History Month and with that in mind we
have chosen Elizabeth Anionwu as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Elizabeth was inspired to become a nurse at the young age
of four because, whilst a ‘wonderful nursing nun’ treated her childhood eczema
in an expert and sensitive manner.
Elizabeth has put in a substantial amount of her life into
her work as a nurse, health visitor and tutor working with black and minority
ethnic communities in London and in 1979 helped to establish the first
nurse-led UK Sickle & Thalassaemia Screening and Counselling Centre. She has
chaired several projects for the NHS Sickle and Thalassaemia Screening
Programme and in 2004 she was presented with the Royal College of Nursing
Fellowship (FRCN) for her work in the development of nurse-led sickle cell and
thalassaemia counselling services and education and leadership in transcultural
In 1988 she was awarded a PhD from the Institute of
Education, University College London and from 1990-1997 she worked at the
Institute of Child Health, UCL as a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer in Community
Genetic Counselling. She has written extensively and is a co-author of the book
‘The Politics of Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia’ published in 2001.
In 1997 Elizabeth was appointed as Dean of the School of
Adult Nursing and Professor of Nursing at the University of West London and in
1999 she established and was Head of the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice
until her retirement in 2007. The university then honoured her with the
award of Emeritus Professor of Nursing. In 2001 she was awarded a CBE for
services to nursing.
Elizabeth was vice-chairperson of the Mary Seacole
Memorial Statue Appeal from its launch in November 2003. The statue was
unveiled in the grounds of St Thomas’ Hospital in June 2016 and Elizabeth is
now a Life Patron of the new charity, the Mary Seacole Trust.
She was honoured with a Damehood in the 2017 for her
services to nursing and the Mary Seacole Statue Appeal. The Queen’s Nursing
Institute awarded her a Fellowship (FQNI) in October 2017. In July
2018, as part of the celebrations for the 70th Anniversary of the National
Health Service, Elizabeth was included in the list of the 70 most
influential nurses and midwives in the history of the NHS.
She is a Patron of the Sickle Cell Society, the Nigerian
Nurses Charitable Association (UK) and the Sickle & Thalassaemia
Association of Nurses, Midwives & Associated Professionals (STANMAP).
“The main pressure that we feel is the need to chip away pieces of our identity, just to feel like we belong.”
Katiann Rocha has experienced discrimination because of her hair, often hearing comments such as “messy”, “unkempt” and “wild”.
The 16-year-old is a co-founder of the Halo Code – a guide for schools and workplaces to prevent discrimination around hairstyles or texture.
“It will allow for black people to be fully accepted in an environment that celebrates their natural hair and styles, because we’ve been discriminated against it for so long,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.
The Halo Code explicitly protects students and staff at school and work with natural hair and protective hairstyles associated with their racial, ethnic and cultural identities. More