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…
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In this tightly fought snap election, the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) vote could be a determinant winning factor, writes Abdi Mohamed.
Charlotte Leslie, MP for Bristol North West, and Thangam Debbonaire, MP for Bristol West, speaking at the launch of the … More
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.
Voting has already started across Britain this morning – 5th May. And the Somali voters in Cardiff, the local elections will certainly help them influence change. Equally, it will empower them feel belonging, included mainstream society as one of their beloved sons is standing for a party that they have never been associated with or voted for.
You didn’t help us because our once beating hearts are now dead.
The love and hope deep inside us has now died.
This period of melancholy will always be with us.
For Mahadi Sharif, the upcoming local elections are not only about improving political participation. It is, and more importantly, about embarking on a political career. But for many Somalis in Manchester it is about electing the first Somali councillor, who would in turn enable them gain access to the local decision making platforms.
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.”