Bristol’s FGM model, which has the full support of the politically elected leadership – both Bristol mayor, Marvin Rees, and Police Crime Commissioner for Avon and Somerset, Sue Mountstevens – is detrimental not only to the welfare and safeguarding of young girls, but also to the work of law reinforcement officers who always need to take ‘evidence-based’ approach. For instance, the number of girls at risk of FGM in Bristol is based on estimates as there are no reliable data available; the NHS data on FGM has been “falsely inflated” and FGM cases performed in this country were actually legal piercings carried out on adults…
Somali community call for a public inquiry into issues surrounding the failed FGM trial
(BSMG – 26 Feb 2018) – Somali community in Bristol have urged authorities to conduct a public inquiry into issues … More
Somaliland: Xil-doon iyo xukuumad tayo leh maxaa kala haysta?
A. O. Boobe (BSMG) – Saxaafadda af-Soomaaliga ku hadasha waxay aad uga hadlaysaa, una fallanqaynaysaa liiska golaha wasiirada xukuumadda Muuse … More
Bristol’s equality and diversity questioned
Abdi Mohamed (06 Nov 017) – In March this year, the Home Office Quality Assurance (QA) Panel considered a Domestic Homicide … More
Waxyeelada Gaasta Qososha
BSMG (03 Nov 2017) – Suurtogal maaha in aanad aroorta hore dariiqa ku arkin, weliba xaafadaha Soomaalidu u badantahay, dhululubooyin yaryar … More
In search of sisterhood
Roseanne Looker: “The search for real feminism or sisterhood in a genuine form does not lie in the over sexed celebrity or the power dressing business women, it can be found in the micro ways women try to support and ease each other’s burdens. To me it is presented in the form of community groups.”
Khat ban: What next?
The UK government’s decision to ban the mild stimulant khat seems a poor choice. This decision, without doubt, is more political than rational. In any case, the likely outcomes are frightening.
The housing crisis should make us all concerned – seriously though
The housing crisis has had a devastating impact on us all. Even the comfortably housed can be homeless if the slightest thing goes wrong.With rocketing prices and high unemployment, a new policy direction must be taken to tackle the socially crippling British housing problem.
Can charities finally make the Big Society pay?
The greatest advantage of the Big Society agenda is that the third sector is recognised for its valuable role within the policy process and now is more politically favoured by the current administration which gives them legitimacy and bargaining powers which they did not have before. Now instead of third sector groups justifying their roles and funding requests to the Local Authorities which administered and commissioned services, the Local Authorities have to almost justify why it should stay in house.