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Newspaper Reviews

I was recently asked to do the Newspaper review on BBC London’s Jumoka Fashola ‘Inspirit’ programme which is a regular slot on Sunday mornings. This was an exciting opportunity as I had never done a newspaper review previously, however I loved radio. I’ve done the Newspaper review twice now, and really enjoyed them. It’s a […]

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Women’s right to vote: Marking 100 years

February the 6th 2018 marked 100 years since some women won the right to vote. I was fortunate to be asked to appear on BBC Breakfast to discuss young women’s participation in democracy and politics. I was privileged to be on a panel with amazing women each with an expertise on women’s voting and its […]

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Time Out

On International Women’s Day, 8th March 2018, I was asked by Time Out magazine to choose two women I would like to thank for inspiring me. It was incredibly difficult to just choose two, and I was tempted to simply thank the amazing women in my family. Instead, I thought it would be a fabulous […]

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Akeela Ahmed named one of Stylist’s Women of the Year 2017: The activist who helped organise the Women’s March On London

So this week I was named one of Stylist magazine’s Women of the Year 2017. I still can’t quite believe it. I have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, love and uplifting messages received from friends and colleagues 💕 following the feature. Being involved with, and speaking at the Women’s March London was incredible […]

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The real dangers of banning the burkini

During the French burkini controversy, I was asked by Mashable to give my thoughts on the dangers of banning the burkini. You can read my comments below and/or the full article here. “These women are not a security threat, they’re just average French Muslim women,” Akeela Ahmed, a London-based equalities campaigner, said. “They’re penalising French […]

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Tackling Ramadan With A Mental Health Condition

I just noticed that I was quoted in the article below, on surviving Ramadan with an eating disorder. http://www.refinery29.uk/2016/06/114217/ramadan-mental-health Here is my quote: “There is still a huge stigma attached to mental illness, along with a lack of understanding of how it manifests and impacts on an individual,” says Akeela Ahmed, the former Executive Director […]

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What 14 British Muslims think about the Charlie Hebdo attack

A few days ago I spoke to BuzzFeed about my reaction to the horrendous attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. This is what I wrote: “As a British Muslim I have been shocked and dismayed by the Charlie Hebdo attacks. This shock has reverberated throughout communities in the UK, and with it comes a sense […]

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Talking about IS and appealing for the release of Alan Henning

Recent Media Appearances   Last week I signed a letter calling for the release of British hostage Alan Henning. I signed the letter foremostly as a human being, wanting to do something, no matter how small or insignificant to try and help Alan. I have no delusions that #IS would care about what a bunch […]

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British values in Unequal Britain: inequalities faced by South Asians in the UK

Prompted by the Trojan Horse affair, the Prime Minister David Cameron wrote that British values are “not optional; they’re the core of what it is to live in Britain”. The debate on British values, is not new, however, it focuses on minority communities, their identity and loyalties particularly those whose behaviours or attitudes are deemed […]

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Why are young Asian girls invisible when it comes to Eating Disorders?

When I think of an eating disorder, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of a young white girl who is painfully thin. The word anorexia has become synonymous with eating disorders as are the emaciated images of anorexic girls who are most likely to be white. Given the negative reporting around […]

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