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"It is important to understand that when these people have travelled from Somalia or any other country, they bring back with them what they feel is their culture, their habits. So they do not see it is as a bad thing. For them, it is

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Forced off the bus for speaking another language; shouted at in public for 'being different'; bullied, assaulted and abused for her sartorial choices. Hate crimes against religious and ethnic minorities, including Muslim women, have become a hallmark of post-Brexit Britain. While figures show that incidence of

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Hosanna found out she was HIV-positive 15 years ago, and has since founded Hwupenyu Health and Wellbeing in Glasgow, a support service that aims to provide empowerment to women living with HIV. In 2016, she won the African Communities Award at the nOscars, a ceremony

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she tells 1000women about recognising intersectionality and learning to love your authentic self. In anything that leaves people disadvantaged, marginalised, or depressed,

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Hamida was raised in Liverpool within the Pathan community, one of the largest ethnic groups from Afghanistan. She is a feminist lesbian and activist, and currently instructs self defense to women and girls in California. Here she relates how she was brought up in a

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Ravina was born in the UK and is of Indian descent. She identifies as a Sikh lesbian, having ended her marriage with a non-British man. My story started when I developed an attraction to the same sex in secondary school. I had no exposure to the gay

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Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of UK Black Pride, and Head of Campaigns at the largest civil service trade union. Here she describes the demands on her time, and how important it is to take stock and self-care. Burnout and self-care are quite

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What gives Black LGBTQ+ people around the world the strength to survive, considering the struggles they often face? Black sexual minority populations in Europe, the US and Canada often have to contend with racialised homophobia and conflicting cultural norms. Those living in countries that are predominantly

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Alice (not real name) and her eleven-year old son came to the UK from Burundi in 2000. Shortly after, she was diagnosed with HIV. She now lives in Glasgow, and says the only time she thinks about her disease is for two minutes a day,

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Rachel is a postgraduate neuroscientist, and was the Vice President for Welfare and Community at King’s College London in 2015-16. She has a background in student activism and has previously held positions as a women’s officer at university. This year, we held an open forum with

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