I have a confession to make , I can’t knit or crochet. So launching a charity knitting campaign to raise awareness on FGM may seem a bit odd.
Freedom Charity is asking all communities to knit (or crochet) red triangles in it’s awareness campaign to eradicate FGM. The groups will make their triangles to be worn on the lapel and sell them to friends, family and the community. The funds raised will help Freedom work with schools so they can learn how to deliver essential lessons on FGM. Schools will also receive copies of my book Cut Flowers to help change opinions on cutting. READ MORE
Men knit to Stop FGM
Men are using knitting to highlight that they are part of the solution when it comes to FGM, men knit is said to be the new yoga.
Moreover my house saw witness to the fact that men knit too too on Saturday afternoon. This was part of The Red triangle campaign, Freedom Charity’s latest initiative to ‘Support Donate Eradicate’ which will see an end to FGM in a generation.
#what can you knit ? READ MORE
Progress 1000 Evening Standard a list of London’s most influential people.
The 2016 Evening Standard progress 1000 awards party. A Red carpet event that honoured 1000 of the most influential in London.
Sarah Sands was the perfect host and greeted us warmly as we entered the Science Museum in London.
It had been several years since I had visited with darling nephew and I recall we spent quite some time in the IMAX.
The progress 1000 is an absolutely amazing opportunity to meet the movers and shakers that make our great Capital a life well and vibrant.
Prince Charles made a moving speech as he was honoured for his work with setting up the Princes Trust and all the key work he does with over 400 charities and his charities raise more than 100 million pounds each year.
Sadiq Khan the new Mayor of London was number 1 on the list of the progress 1000 list.
Theresa May the Prime Minister, Justine Greening were all honoured in the progress 1000
The world of city finance was there in force as were TV theatre religious leaders, liberty, mathematicians, astronauts, sports professional, journalist, film makers, those that had overcome adversity and a girl from the East end of London. completely humbled and quite surreal seeing Joanna Lumley from Ad Fab fame and Harvey Nic’s bag in sight.
The mayor told us told us he had the best job in the world and I guess be probably does.
The event was hosted on a hot barmy night and the long zoom lenses were there to capture every moment
Sir Bernard Hogan Howe commissioner for the Metropolis was there too.
The night was pretty amazing and catching up with some old friends made it even more special
The Evening Standard keeps London and beyond informed on our journeys home and the reach today is greater than ever.The Evening Standard journalists on the night were all welcoming and hosted a great party.
I came under the Social Crusaders, equality champions heading, wow.
Human rights campaigner
A magistrate turned campaigner, Prem founded the charity Freedom, which fights to end modern-day slavery, forced marriage, so-called honour crimes and FGM. Prem is carrying on the work of her father, who set up a free college to educate girls in India. She has also written two books: But It’s Not Fair, about forced marriage, and Cut Flowers, about FGM, and donated 50,000 copies of her books to young people.’
Our garden has the most wonderful array of hydrangeas I have ever seen. I am not going to pretend to be a gardener but having a house with a distinguished garden leads one to want to learn.
Our garden has many different type beautiful plants including hydrangeas and amazing roses of every colour.
At 17 Amina Al-Jeffery was taken by her father to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia in 2012, he claimed to ‘save her life’. She had allegedly kissed a boy. Amina has dual nationality.
Today the judge Mr Justice Holman ruled she must be allowed back to the UK as she had been ‘deprived of her liberty.’ Amina Al-Jeffery father must help his daughter to return to the UK. READ MORE
FGM, forced marriage Summer Holidays
FGM, forced marriage, is more likely during the summer holiday. The long summer holiday can mark a dangerous time for many children, as their families may go abroad and subject their daughters to FGM, forced marriage. Others will conduct a forced marriage. READ MORE
‘Let Girls Learn’ will help us fight FGM and forced marriage with education.
The campaign ‘Let Girls Learn’ is a truly inspirational and incredible programme. Having an education is something we all take for granted, but according to UNESCO 63 million girls are denied that basic right.
Having an education not only means we must Let Girls Learn, but it also means her children will be more likely to be able to read and write. Girls who are allowed to stay in school from ages 11 to 16 will be stronger, healthier and live longer than those that don’t. READ MORE
Hate crime – can we change it through education?
It is a sad reality that hate crime is on the increase in the UK and around the world.
What is a hate crime? There is a clear definition:
‘a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence’.
There is no honour in forced marriage and female genital mutilation — its dishonour
There is no honour in these crimes.
Why are we using the term Honour Based Violence?
Because it’s convenient, because everyone else does or because we just can’t think of another way of describing these horrendous human rights abuses that affect the most vulnerable in our society?