Today, we will talk about all the strong women out there who are making their name and gaining a reputation by following their dreams and passions. Women Empowerment all the way!
This is an audio interview of Diyashi Jain, a Fashion student at University of Westminster and the owner of a small business called “MYSA”. Watch this to know more about running a small business during COVID, following your dreams and being a strong, confident woman of today:
Since we are talking about strong women of today, meet Khyati Datani, a mother of 2 young children, a child-minder by profession and the owner of an Indian Sweet Shop in London called “Shubh Aarambh”. Only a strong woman of today can manage to indulge in all these wide variety of events throughout her day. Following your dreams and doing what makes you happy is extremely important and it makes me super happy to see all these women do their role:
The new Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) was declared a Global Pandemic on 11 March 2020 and as a result, the movement outside was restricted, schools and offices were close and while everyone thought of this pandemic as deleterious, there was a deadlier virus just around the corner.
The stay-at-home order had suddenly paved way for increasing number of cases of Intimate partner violence (IPV), thus confining the deprived women to their homes and abusers.
The house has suddenly become the most “dangerous place” for women.
While in countries like Spain, women have started using secret codes such as “Mask-19” to address domestic violence, there are countries like Paris which saw a 36 per cent rise in violent domestic abuse cases in just one week.
However, early data shows that helplines in Singapore and Cyprus have registered a more than 30 per cent increase in calls. In Australia, 40 per cent of frontline workers in New South Wales reported more requests for help with violence.
Domestic violence not only shatters the victim but exacerbates tensions about security, health, and money. UN has been trying to help the women out there by urging the governments to put women’s safety first:
It’s how time this issue is taken seriously and addressed correctly. What you would probably not realise is that while you took a moment to read this, some woman out there was being brutally abused and needs to have her voice be heard. Let’s work towards a change.
Since the beginning of a global pandemic, our regular lifestyles, despite age, gender or social class had been transformed physically, emotionally and mentally.
The media has explored how the pandemic affected us as a society but did not dive deep into how young people in the UK were impacted mentally, which is covered in this video through statistics and personal experiences of a young artist Miranda Melbourne and Samaritan Charlotte Cook.
But for many migrants, travelling through “safe” European countries is the only way to reach the UK.
Take Eritrea for example. The small East African country has a totalitarian government, meaning there are no elections and no free press, says Help Refugees.
At 18 years old, citizens are forced to partake in military service to fight against Ethiopia in an extremely dangerous war.
These young Eritreans can’t just hop on a plane to avoid the conflict. Many aren’t even granted passports until they’ve completed their military duties.
So, they are forced to make ‘illegal’ journeys to the UK. Here, they are supposed to be protected by refugee law.
This basically suggests that migrants must be protected by other countries when they face persecution in their homeland.
Many flee to European countries like Germany and France for this protection.
Patel’s asylum reforms will make it harder for refugees who have crossed the Channel to be granted refugee status, because France is not a particularly dangerous country.
While it may seem like a “safe” country to you and me, the UNHCR has warned that French police are violent towards refugees and evict their camps every few days.
So, can we really blame them for wanting to come to the UK?
The capital, in particular, is popular amongst refugees. Immigrants are the backbone of our city, often taking on the low-paying and essential jobs that keep London running.
According to London First, 37% of Londoners were born outside the UK and 25% of NHS workers here are migrants.
So, it’s clear that London thrives on its diverse population. But where is everyone actually from and what made them want to move here?
This map, created using information from the 2011 Census has all the information you need.
If you want to find out even more, check out our interactive map. It includes statistics and the reasons why people emigrate from specific countries.
It’s unlikely London would look so diverse if these reforms had been brought in earlier.
It’s predicted that our new “points-based system” might favour the people with the highest skills, rather than those fleeing conflict.
Either way, London benefits massively from the diversity and skills brought by immigration. As our map shows, this city has been shaped by migrants and Patel’s new asylum reforms could put an end to that.
Want to find out more about the global refugee situation?
Disclaimer: these statistics come from the latest census information that is available from 2011. Global events, such as the Arab Spring, have occurred since then and so demographics will have changed. The most recent census was carried out in March 2021 but the information is not available to the public yet.
Research released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that people from black backgrounds in England and Wales were four times more likely to die from coronavirus than people from white backgrounds.
The study found that all other ethnic minorities were more likely to die from Covid-19, compared to people from white backgrounds.
It discovered that after taking into account age, self reported health and disability, black people were still almost twice as likely as white people to die a Covid-19-related death.
This chart shows the likelihood of ethic minorities deaths in comparison to people from white backgrounds.
David Lammy the Shadow Lord Chancellor described the news as “Appalling” and stated that he felt that “It is urgent the causes of this disproportionality are investigated.”
Laws put in place as precaution to the coronavirus outbreak have proven effective in minimising crime within the UK.
Just over six weeks ago the UK government enforced the lockdown, adding restriction laws; where people may not leave their homes or partake in gatherings.
UK citizens have generally failed to abide by these laws. As stated by the guardian, more than 3,203 fines have been issued at this point in time.
One-third of fines were issued were to those aged 18-24, with another third to those aged 25-34.
Nevertheless, majority of the country have remained at home. This has resulted in a steady drop of the UK’s overall crime rate and more importantly, coronavirus cases.
There have been many claims that Knife crime has surged within recent years and become more and more common. Lockdown has almost brought this to a complete halt.
Police report a massive drop in burglary, rape and assault. However, there have has been a 3% rise in domestic violence and a surge with fraud crimes.
Many online banks recommend customers to be mindful whilst using their emails and the distribution of their personal information. Many have been tricked through fake emails about TV license cancellation.
Officials at the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) are in the porcess of accessing the latest scams, including one that involves criminals asking for donations to help the NHS fight COVID-19.
50 scams daily
Since the virus spread to the UK, intelligence analysts have monitored a sharp increase in criminals using a range of scams. The reports sent to Action Fraud, are then forwarded to the NFIB, a section overseen by the City of London Police. An earlier report from April 4, reveals that there have been 509 scams with total losses among victims of £1.6m.
As many as 50 scams are being reported daily, 41 of those relating to a recent scam involving an email asking recipients for donations to buy “medical preparations and supplies” for the NHS to help cope with the pressure of the outbreak.
Other scams claiming to be official messages from the government included text messages telling people they have been fined £250 for ignoring lockdown guidelines by leaving their home more than once.
Recent reports show that the number of coronavirus related phishing attempts stands at 2,192 (as of April 4). Attempts include an email misleading people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to criminals stealing personal information like banking details, email logins and passwords.
Commander Karen Baxter, the national coordinator of economic crime at the City of London Police, said: “Criminals will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. This includes exploiting tragedies and global emergencies.
“As more people stay indoors and work from computers and laptops at home, there is more opportunity for criminals to try and trick people into parting with their money at a time when they are anxious and uncertain about the future.”
Police have issued fraud prevention advice against coronavirus related scams to counter the rising fraudulent activity.
Some other scams to watch out for are those attempting to exploit the economic downturn by contacting individuals who are out of work and offering them jobs as key workers.
On the employment scams, a spokesperson from Action Fraud had this to say: “People are obviously looking for jobs at the moment and criminals are using COVID-19 as a hook for employment, offering key worker positions as long as they pay an advance fee for vetting or background checks.”
The majority of incidents reported as of late are online shopping scams where people have ordered and paid for face masks, hand sanitiser or testing kits which never arrive.
Coronavirus related scams were first reported on 9 February, and by the end of the month, a further 20 were reported.
You can report instances of fraud on the Action Fraud site here.