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Know your rights! (And not just because it’s Human Rights Day)

Know your rights! (And not just because it’s Human Rights Day)

Activism, Podcasts, Specials
It's Human Rights Day! But... do you even know your rights? Keep on reading to find a quick little audio condensing the thirty human rights in the United Nation's official Declaration into just four minutes. Yes, you read that right: FOUR. The 10th December has finally arrived and that means it's Human Rights Day worldwide – it also means it's only fifteen days until Christmas! Human Rights Day is a day of the year which is specifically aimed at dealing and celebrating our rights as a human. Essentially, this means that there will be numerous political conferences and meetings dealing with this issue, cultural events and exhibitions. And maybe – to keep up with the latest trends – throw in a few protests here and there, too? (I'm only kidding, people have been protesting on the s
Thongs Out For Consent

Thongs Out For Consent

Investigations, Podcasts, Radio, Specials
More than one year in since the #MeToo movement has emerged and yet, prejudices that lie around sexual victims aren't put to rest. The case in Cork at the beginning of November sparked outrage after a senior defence barrister used an alleged rape victim's choice of underwear as consent to sex. During the trial, the defence lawyer Elizabeth O'Connell told the jury: "You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front." It was enough for the statement to cause consternation, increase media attention, and women to take to the streets carrying lingerie tied to placards as a sign that clothes do not mean consent. The hashtags #IBelieveHer and #ThisIsNotConsent have quickly erupted on social media, thousands posting pictures of th
Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Faces of discrimination: “It’s shocking because you don’t expect it to happen.”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials, UK
Religious hate crime has risen by 40% in England and Wales – and more than half is directed at Muslims. A writer, who wishes to remain anonymous, agreed to be interviewed by the Voice of London; her family are among those who have faced Islamophobic discrimination, even though they do not actively practice any religion. But discrimination found its way in.   Her husband is of Sudanese heritage, and they have two young sons together. They live in a rural, coastal community, which she describes as “one of the least diverse places in the UK.” Here, she says, they are in the minority as a mixed race family. During a phone call with the Voice of London, she started sharing her story “when you come up against something like this, it’s shocking because you don't expect it to happen.” For th
Faces of discrimination: “They assume because I’m black, I can’t be in a senior role”

Faces of discrimination: “They assume because I’m black, I can’t be in a senior role”

Featured, Investigations, Podcasts, Specials
A melting pot of cultures with more than 300 languages spoken and 200 different countries represented, a population of nearly nine million inhabitants, London is a city of everyone, for everyone. Or so we'd like to think.  A recent report conducted by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) looked at the state of equality and human rights in Britain analysing multiple areas such as education, work, health and living standards. Voice of London made a summary below with the key findings: There are constant efforts of bringing racial inequality to the lowest stage possible, however, at the moment, data show a disappointing reality that Black, Asian and minority ethnic citizens across the UK have to face every day. This is the reason why we came up with the idea of creating
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