TACKLING INEQUALITIES2020-12-11T12:13:17+00:00



Blog: Black Lives Matter “The world is crumbling”

"I have been taught to celebrate different identities but I was never taught about how to cope when the world is crumbling." #iwill Champion Olivia, 17, shares her emotional response to the Black Lives Matter protests, and how footage of British police officers mocking the movement motivated her to write to her MP. I live in a world of conflicting opinions. At school, I have been taught to celebrate different identities and live in a community as a happy family, but I was never taught about cognitive dissonance and how to cope when the world is crumbling over the social construct of race. It is a constant battle that I have fought alone because silence settles over people’s heads like fog. I told myself it’s only happening in America. I ignored that I have family on the East Coast. I ignored the basic fact that racism exists in London the same way it exists in America. I played my British card and hoped it would make me invisible. Growing up in an American school, I have struggled to develop my black identity being a racial minority. I was worried that I had become whitewashed. Suddenly, this all became too much for me to handle. I needed to detach myself because I knew I was not emotionally equipped to read, watch, listen, and speak about an issue that affects my core. So I labeled my issues of invalidation, internalized oppression, and other fears into [...]

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Diversity in the NHS

Diversity in the NHS The coronavirus pandemic has exposed our health inequalities - but what can the NHS do to work with communities and young people? #iwill Ambassador Gabrielle Mathews has seen all sides of the NHS. She has been a long-term patient, a medical student, a Youth Forum Member, a volunteer, and now sits on the NHS Assembly. In this challenging blog, she reflects on why community and youth engagement is so important, and considers how engagement can be most successful. Read More

Our Corner of the World: black British Experience

Our Corner of the World: black British experience A short film and eBook created by young black people. Our Corner of The World is a two-part series: a short film and an eBook that amplifies nuanced and beautiful but often overlooked black British experience. In the wake of George Floyd’s brutal murder and the persistence of COVID-19. It has become increasingly important to listen to the stories and experiences of black youths who are essentially braving a double pandemic. Our Corner of the world challenges the hyper traumatic narratives that have made up the whole sum of black British representation in the literary and visual arts world. This film provides the opportunity to see young black people existing and enjoying normality within their corner, outside of the abnormal world of racial inequality. The Advantage Group (TAG) is a nationally recognised and award-winning social enterprise that aims to transform the lives of young people from underrepresented backgrounds. TAG has a proven record of delivering workshops to over 2000 young people from black and other marginalised communities. COVID-19 halted their offline plans for 2020 but they pivoted quickly and launched a digital campaign to engage, educate and empower young people online. In this, TAG launched a writing challenge which tasked young people to write on "what community means to them". These stories, poems, letters and essays are being released as part of the Our Corner of the World series. There's never been a better time to amplify [...]

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UK Kids on George Floyd’s Death

UK kids on how George Floyd's death is affecting them The death of George Floyd has caused a huge reaction all over the world. Protests and marches have taken place in US cities, and also in countries including France, the Netherlands and the UK. People have been expressing their support for George Floyd, and rejecting racism and prejudice. So what do kids in the UK make of what's been happening? Tasha has been speaking to some to get their views. Read More

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Building a future of football without discrimination

Building a future of football without discrimination As part of their support for #iwill and the #PowerOfYouth campaign, the Premier League put their heads together with young people to address the issue of discrimination in football. From top left to bottom right: Ceylon, Amelia, Charli, Harrison, Will (PL), Amanda (PL), Rhammel, Claire, Dev, Athika, Atlanta, Debra, Patrick. We were later also joined by Kelvyn.  Twelve young people, including #iwill Ambassadors and representatives from the education charity Football Beyond Borders came together for an honest and challenging conversation about discrimination in football, what can be done to tackle it, and how young people can play their part in the future. They were joined by Will Brass, Commercial Director at the Premier League, who was keen to hear young people's perspectives on the work that the Premier League is doing to address racism and discrimination, and to understand how their campaigns can communicate this work to young audiences. Ceylon Andi Hickman, football player, #iwill young trustee and Head of Impact & Female Participation at Football Beyond Borders, chaired the discussion - bringing with her experience as a "Gamechanger" with Kick It Out, which campaigns for inclusion in football. Debra from Football Beyond Borders shares a question about the role of women, and women of colour, in leadership at Premier League. #iwill Ambassador Rhammel shares what makes a meaningful campaign to address discrimination, based on his experience with Pride London. [...]

Lessons from COVID-19 about disability

What the COVID-19 crisis teaches us about the place for disability in society Charli, age 19  COVID-19 is making an impact across all of our daily lives - but for me, as a disabled and chronically ill young person, some of these challenges are already familiar. As an activist, I am fighting for better communication and support for disabled people, both during this crisis and in the future.  For many disabled people, traditional education and work places are not spaces we fit. When asking for accommodations like working from home, it is seen as an inconvenience, and we are told they aren’t possible.  Yet when COVID-19 began, it took only days for companies and universities to move online and to adapt imaginatively to using new digital tools. While welcome, I can’t say I didn’t feel frustrated that this was suddenly possible.  We shouldn’t let healthcare, schools and workplaces say they can’t facilitate these accommodations once the crisis is over, just because able-bodied people are back to life as normal. Read More

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