Posts in September
Holding On (Survivor Story): Part 1 | Part 2
Your recent article on the effect of domestic violence on children touched a raw nerve. I want to break my silence and loyalty to my family and anonymously share with you and others the effects of physical and mental abuse it had on me & some of my siblings.
My parents are from Bangladesh. My grandfather came to UK to work in the 1960s. My father followed soon after. My grandfather arranged my father’s marriage to his niece, my mother in Bangladesh. She was a beautiful, intelligent & talented women but my father had wanted to marry another cousin. My grandfather had threatened to refuse to call him his son, so he ended up marrying my mother and that’s when the domestic abuse started.
Topman has withdrawn two T-shirts from sale amid claims that they are sexist and that one made fun of domestic violence.
One of the T-shirts features a list of excuses for doing something wrong, which many posters on Facebook and Twitter perceived to be hitting a woman. Its slogan reads: “I’m so sorry, but … You provoked me; I was drunk; I was having a bad day; I hate you; I didn’t mean it; I couldn’t help it.”
Keeping the Eid spirit high NOUR held a ladies only fundraiser event, so that women can get involved in a way they would love and that was shopping. To get the buckets full and heavy the fundraiser sold some very popular mocktails mashAllah, lovely hijabs, jilbabs, designer make up, fine jewellery, precious cupcakes and not forgetting one of the stars the chocolate fountain stall. The fundraiser took place at The Kingsley Hall in Brombley-by-Bow.
As the local ladies and children entered our fundraiser they visited every stall, and found themselves engaged with what they found interesting. The first 30 guests received a refreshing welcoming with a complimentary free mocktail, the mocktails were the star of this event, it took many by storm as they had seconds and even thirds. The henna stall attracted the women of all ages, and was one of our popular activities, the children had their face painted to their favourite characters and even started to act like those characters. There was a few biddings for our auction on beautiful canvases, and delicate art pieces, but the most popular was the sword. Many even donated 50p to take a photo whilst posing with the sword.