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…
Bristol’s approach and commitment to eradicate FGM have been questioned and purportedly deemed to be putting the target communities in place.
(BSMG – 26 Feb 2018) – Somali community in Bristol have urged authorities to conduct a public inquiry into issues … More
Achievement of inner-city children in Bristol can be improved if schools take advantage of the knowledge and experience of parents and community, and their resilience.
Abdi Mohamed (06 Nov 017) – In March this year, the Home Office Quality Assurance (QA) Panel considered a Domestic Homicide … More
Bristol European Referendum Debate on Race Equality- you decide! The EU debate, and race equality will be one of the largest discussions on the subject in Bristol. Three racial equality organisations are teaming up to put on a European Referendum debate in Bristol on the 26th of May. Voice4Change England, Operation Black Vote and the Black South West Network are holding this crucial debate from 6:30-8:30 in the evening at M Shed in Bristol, to encourage and promote voter registration ahead of next month’s referendum.
Kerry McCarthy UK Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has urged the international community to acknowledge the success that Somaliland has made for the past 25 years.
Marvin Rees has simply challenged the ‘stereotypical Establishment figure’, which Owen Jones described as a ‘white male who followed an effortless path … into a lucrative an influential job’. But dealing with the processes of the local governance which have created exclusive environment and structures for the stereotypical figure will be more problematic.
Most of the inner-city voters agree that the mayoral election is going to be a two-horse race. They believe if Marvin Rees is to be elected, he must win the first round of the counting; but if it goes to a second ballot George Ferguson will get elected.
The time has come the Somali voters make sure that their votes cannot be taken for granted. They must understand who is best to serve their interests before they decide. At the same time, they should challenge the status quo by not being silent about issues that affect their daily lives because, as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”