A different kind of Ramadan – By Zinah Nauthoa

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic and the social distancing rules, approximately two billion Muslims around the world are forsaking their traditions during Ramadan for the safety of the community. On a superficial level, Ramadan during the pandemic can be disheartening. However, I believe it could not have come at a better time. “What does …

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Do we need IWD? – By Natasha Stone

So what is IWD? This year, the theme is #EachForEqual. With the website describing the aim of the day is:- An equal world is an enabled world.Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate …

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Privilege – By Natasha Stone

It’s a word that’s heavily loaded in many ways. The idea of privilege is that it’s something you’ve never had to work for, but you get treated better by others because of it. It’s often connected with social status, ‘the upper echelons’ of power, money, wealth, and more often than not, those with privilege are …

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How I’ve come very close to throwing in the towel – By Danielle Lester PhD FRICS

I’ve come very close (many times) to throwing in the towel… Any one that knows me will know that I have had a fairly ‘love/hate’ relationship with my career in the built environment, but recently my issues in my career have led to serious consideration of an exit strategy. Like many of us, I started …

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Grief, loss and loneliness at Christmas – By Natasha Stone

The Festive period is a time for reflection, for joy and gifting and spending time with friends and family. That's what we're all told from an early age, and this is what TV shows us we *should* be doing. Putting on a large spread of delicious food, drinking and eating too much, looking after those …

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