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Consensus on the Census: ‘Mixed other’ needs to go

2021 is going to be important, and not just because we might get to wear something other than facemasks and tracksuit bottoms for a change. Coronavirus aside, 2021 is a census year. Of all the admin tasks that the Government requires of us, the census is by far the most interesting. Conducted once every ten years, it’s a vital resource for understanding how the country is changing in terms of our living habits, professions and, of course, ethnicities. And after a year of Black Lives Matter protests on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s vital that it measures ethnicity accurately. But for people like me, our ethnicities won’t be counted. And that hurts everyone.

Why Sex Education Is Leaving Black Students Behind

Talking about consent is weird. I can say that confidently; I’ve been doing it for more or less the past eight years, working with a handful of organisations who deliver conversations about consent in universities, schools and workplaces. And talking about consent with teenagers? Awkward and weird…

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The Struggles Of Being A Female Doctor In Nigeria

In most medical schools in Nigeria, there is a common saying, that girls make the better students and boys the better doctors. As sexist as this statement seems, it is the reality for most.The cultural landscape of the country often limits women from reaching the peak of their careers. The average Nigerian woman, albeit educated, is expected to prepare for family and place the needs of the family ahead of hers. This extra pressure to be the main carer in the family, to cater to her husband and children impacts her opportunity to pursue her career and hone her skills. Although, some women manage to balance this cultural pressure with their educational and career goals it is an obstacle for many.

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Growing up in Britain, you realise – subconsciously sometimes – that there are certain questions asked in order for the inquisitor to be able to “place” you, whether it’s in terms of class, status or just to remind you of YOUR PLACE.

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