activism

Winnie Mandela and the Forgotten Legacies of African Women

On the 2nd of April 2018, Winnie Mandela, wife of Nelson Mandela died at the age of 81. While many people in the Western world only know Winnie as the wife of Nelson Mandela, if they know her at all, CNN referred to her as “one of the greatest icons …

Are the Women’s Marches More Sign Than Substance?

When the Tories were voted into power in 2015, thousands of angry lefties took to the streets to protest David Cameron and his government. When Britain voted for Brexit, Remainers marched again in anger and in heartbreak. When Donald Trump was elected — and when he was sworn in, and …

Recognising Trans Women as Women is a Start, But it Isn’t Enough

In a recent report on trans equality published by Stonewall, many cis people had their attention drawn to statistics that painted a picture of the ugly reality of trans life in the UK. As the report did the media rounds, many voiced their disgust in response to statistics that quantified …

Stop Dismissing Pre-Prepared Food as Lazy

If you’re an abled person, the chances are you have the time and ability to cook for yourself; to browse through the supermarket and tut smugly at the seemingly pointless pre-prepared food. Indeed, events of the past few weeks how shown just how easy it is to snap a photo …

Time’s Up for Performative Allyship

At the 75th Golden Globes award ceremony, almost every single guest in attendance was wearing black. Supposedly, the choice of hue was more than a simple fashion statement, and was actually a display of solidarity against the culture of misogyny, abuse and sexual assault that has been allowed to run …

My Activism is Not For Profit

It’s that time of year again – when newsreaders get crucified if they don’t pin a bit of black plastic and red paper to their lapel. But it’s also the time of year when our favourite failed political party, Britain First, push their support for our troops on unsuspecting Facebookers …

Should We Name and Shame Abusers on Social Media?

A few years ago, my friend’s and I crowded into the toilet cubicle at a pub that we all frequented and wrote a list of names on the wall. Our toilet graffiti was finished with a heading “list of men to avoid” — an idea ripped from the pages of …

How to Support Young Activists

Despite having been an activist – or at least involved in activist circles – for almost half a decade, I have never felt like that label was mine to claim. Even when I was named as Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year, I was reluctant to use the title of …

Why Stonewall’s Come Out for LGBT Campaign is So Important

“But gay marriage is legal here!” “Stop exaggerating the issue for attention!” “I mean, it’s 2017. We are cool with things like that, now.” If you are part of the LGBT+ community, you’ve likely heard these remarks dozens of times. During my time working for Stonewall as a Young Campaigner, …

Would You Like a Living Wage with That?

There is a horribly widespread belief that the people who serve you french fries, sell you tickets at the local multiplex, pour your morning cup of coffee, and ring up your purchases at every high street shop somehow don’t deserve a living wage. Customer service work is generally perceived to …