Sohail Ali is Partner at DLA Piper and is interviewed by Melting Scot Director, Junaid Ashraf. He graduated with a First from Oxford University and has been promoted to Partner at one of the largest international law firms in the world at the age of 37. His promotion makes him the first ever South Asian … Continue reading Who is Sohail Ali? | Melting Scot Interviews
Zahra Hedges is the Chief Executive of Winning Scotland and is interviewed by Melting Scot Director, Junaid Ashraf. They discuss her varied journey in the third sector, barriers to progression for working class Scots and the difficulties she has faced throughout her career as a woman of colour. Continue reading Who is Zahra Hedges? | Melting Scot Interviews
Melting Scot’s Director, Junaid Ashraf, discusses on the BBC Asian Network whether we should be paying rent to our parents and how to interact with the discussion if brought up in a minority ethnic household. (02 September 2021) Continue reading Do you pay rent to your parents?
Junaid has a conversation with Nosheen Ahmed, Project Coordinator at the John Smith Centre based at the University of Glasgow. They discuss the launch of their latest project and the need for more programmes to support ethnic minority young people into politics. The John Smith Centre is launching their Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme. A … Continue reading Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme – John Smith Centre
Ammara Irshad writes about the rich history of Pakistan’s official language – Urdu. Drawing in her ties to the language, she also expresses just how beautiful she thinks the language is. Added to this, she shares a poem written by her father. Continue reading Urdu… Where it started and where it is now!
Kiran Kaur reflects upon one of her favourite hobbies – picking up a book and getting stuck in. For her, lockdown has offered the opportunity to read more. As Kiran states, books not only increase our understanding of the world, but they also help us to empathize with others – something especially important as we face a global pandemic. Continue reading My love for reading got me through lockdown
A powerful commentary by Nelson Cummins on the legacy of the British Empire and how it continues to be perceived in the present day. Cummins argues that we must stop questioning whether the Empire was moral – it was not. Instead, to truly move on, we must educate ourselves on the atrocities it caused. Continue reading Are We Really Still Arguing About The British Empire?
Aaisha Sabir writes about the changing role of women in society, and how South Asian communities in particular must no longer expect women to take on the role of housewives. Continue reading The Stigma of Being a South Asian Housewife
Hashmat Ali powerfully dissects the topic of travel. In a poetic and mindful analysis, his words leave us with a changed idea of what it really means to travel somewhere. Continue reading What does travelling really mean and look like?
In most cases, racism does not take place in an overt manner. Insidious comments and behaviours that attack and belittle groups, are trickier to call out but also equally as harmful. Samantha Likonde has detailed a number of microaggressions to make clear that this behaviour should never have to be tolerated. Continue reading Your guide to everyday, common place Microaggressions